Elmore Blain loses fight with ALS


Elmore (Mo) L. Blain, 72, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at his home in Hermosa after a brief battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Mo was born on July 26, 1939, in Mitchell to Harold Worth, and Henrietta Anna (Anson) Blain. Mo grew up on the Blain family homestead in the sand hills of Nebraska. Mo attended country schools in Middle Branch, Neb., area, and graduated from high school in O’Neill, Neb., in 1956. Mo graduated from Miltonvale Wesleyan College in 1961 with a Bachelor of Religion degree.

He married the love of his life, Phyllis J. Wessel in Mobridge in 1959. Mo pastored many Wesleyan churches from 1961 through 2006 including Atkinson, Neb., Avon, Hamilton, Mont., Rapid City, Vale, and Forsyth, Mont. He also served as interim Pastor at several churches in South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

Mo was bi-vocational in most of his pastoral appointments, which included mechanic and handyman work. This earned him the lifetime nickname of “Handyman Mo.” He loved the mountains, the outdoors, ranches, livestock, wildlife, hunting, which is well documented throughout his incredible collection of nearly 25,000 photographs and videos.

Mo loved to lead Bible studies, minister to others, write and play music, and enjoyed precious moments with his family and friends. Mo was a covenant member of Rapid City First Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis J. (Wessel) Blain; four sons, Ron (Carla) Blain of Douglas, Wyo., Don (Patty) Blain of Rapid City, John (Kim) of Broadus, Mont., and Tom (LouAnn) of Hermosa; 19 grandchildren, Candace (Andy) Heinen, Chelsea (Ty) Mower, Caitlyn, Courtney, Ciara, Camrynne, Christie, Christopher, Caleigh, Thomas, Joshua (Ashley), Andrew, Austin, Jentry (Lindsey), Jarett, Janessa, Bailey, Justin, and Tucker; four brothers, Wesley, Grand Island, Neb., Byron, Norfolk, Neb., Leonard, Watertown, and George, Page, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Henrietta Blain, Orchard, Neb.

Family and Friends Fellowship was Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at First Wesleyan Church, 202 E. St. Francis Street, in Rapid City. Memorial Service was Monday, Feb. 20, at First Wesleyan Church in Rapid City with Pastor Steve Selfridge officiating. Burial followed at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City.

An online guestbook for Mo may be signed at www.kirkfuneralhome.com. A memorial has been established at First Wesleyan Church in Rapid City.

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