Erwin Henry Lass, 97, passed away at his Blackfoot home on July 1, 2012, surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Erwin was born on Oct. 26, 1914 in Emerson, Neb., the third child of Ernest Heinrich and Dorothy Margaret Dohrman Lass.Â Erwin served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, spending much of his service time in Honolulu, Hawaii, at Hickam Field near Pearl Harbor.
Erwin met his wife, Vera Neves, at a dance in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1945 and was shipped out to Hawaii just a few days later.Â Vera and Erwin wrote daily letters to each other and in 1946, Vera sailed to Hawaii.Â They were married Dec. 13, 1946, in the Honolulu LDS Temple.
Living in Hawaii for four years was one of the highlights of their 66-year marriage.Â From Hawaii Erwin and Vera moved to North Dakota where their daughter Kerry Sue was born.Â They then moved to Blackfoot where they have resided for the past 60 years.Â Sons Mark and Jeff were born in Blackfoot.
Erwin was a member of the LDS church and lived in the Blackfoot 3rd ward for over 60 years.Â He and Vera served in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple as ordinance workers.
Erwin retired from the INL as a welder-pipefitter and was a longtime member of the Idaho Pipe Fitters Union 648.Â
Erwin is survived by his wife Vera; two sons, Mark and Jeff; a daughter Kerry Sue McBain; five grandchildren, Colin, Evan, Lorin, Cami, and Lesley; and was Great-Grampy to Ellie, Owen, Neal, Shelby, and Cody.Â To all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren he was lovingly referred to as Grampy and Great-Grampy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold; and a sister, Margaret Blohm.
A graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the Grove City Cemetery.Â Before traveling to the cemetery on Tuesday morning the family will greet friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling in Blackfoot.Â
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