Albert L. Blemaster, 94, died Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Kingsley Specialty Care in Kingsley, IA.
A visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Moville United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Moville United Methodist Church with burial in West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City, IA. The family is being assisted by Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Morningside Chapel.
Albert was born in Jamestown, NY on February 14, 1924. He attended Drake University with a tuba scholarship, graduating in 1947 and earning a Master’s Degree in 1948. He also earned an advanced degree in Music Education from Columbia University in New York City in 1949. Albert was an Army Air Corps musician for three years before college graduation.
Albert married Viola Bynes in Sibley, IA on May 30, 1950. He was an area school music teacher for over 30 years. Albert played the bass fiddle with many dance bands in the area. He played tuba in the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra for 30 years and also was a tubist with the Sioux City Municipal Band at Grandview Park in Sioux City for over 50 years. Viola died March 3, 2004.
Albert was a member of Moville United Methodist Church where he was church choir director for eight years. He was a longtime member of the Musician’s Union, the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association, Meadow Country Club, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Albert was also a member of the Winks-Sparks American Legion for over 72 years. For several years he was a member of the band The Dixie Daddies as well as the Anthon Band. He played at nursing homes and community events.
Albert is survived by his son, Elton (Karla) Blemaster of Pierre, SD; a sister, Margaret Klug of Glen Ellyn, IL; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a brother, David.