Funeral Today for Fallen Soldier


By Rachel Begle

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - Governor Terry Branstad ordered all flags be flown at half staff until 5 p.m. in honor of an Iowa soldier.

Staff Sergeant Steven Blass, 27, was killed in a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan on March 11. Four others were also killed in the crash. A funeral for Blass is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Estherville Lincoln Central High School. Following the funeral, a separate graveside service will be held in Spencer.

Blass is survived by his wife and son. He was deployed to Afghanistan in December 2012.
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