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Reed Blasius 05/18/2023

We are saddened to announce that on May 18, 2023, our beloved Reed James Blasius passed away at the age of 27.

On September 4, 1995, Reed was born in Waukon, Iowa to proud parents, Russ & Chris Blasius, their second child after welcoming Reed’s sister, Emily, only two years prior. After a few moves, the Blasiuses settled in River Falls, Wisconsin, where Reed would attend elementary and middle school, as well as graduate from River Falls High School in 2014. After high school, Reed attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

While his time on earth was short, it’s not reflective of the impact he had on those around him.

Reed was a wonderful Son. He loved, respected, and looked up to his parents more than anyone could describe—all while trying their patience from time to time, as any good son would do. Reed was also a Brother, not only to his sister Emily and brother-in-law, Brett, but to all of his close friends and family members. Reed was a proud Uncle to his niece, Lyna. To see the light in his eye talking about being an uncle was truly love personified. Reed was a loving Grandson, who cherished each and every moment spent and memory made. Reed was a lover of Music as he could often be found sitting on a deck, around a fire, or at the dinner table simply listening to his favorite songs for hours on end. Reed was an avid Outdoorsman, always finding time to play 18 holes, sit in a deer stand, float on a boat, or wake up before dawn for duck season. Reed’s story also couldn’t be told without mentioning his devotion to the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Reed lived for every first down, every sack, every touchdown pass, and every Lambeau Leap. Reed was a Bringer of Joy. His smile lit up every room he entered. Finally, Reed was just plain Fun, the kind of fun where you just wanted to be around him. His infectious laugh, personability, and sense of humor could wash all your worries away in an instant. With Reed, whether wearing cowboy boots with shorts, singing and dancing around a firepit, or road tripping for a football game, two things were always true: you were going to laugh and you were going to have the time of your life.

Reed is survived by his parents, Russ & Chris Blasius, his sister and brother-in-law, Emily & Brett Jordan, his niece, Lyna, grandparents, Jim & Mary Ann Blasius, Tom & Audrey Cusick, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A visitation was held on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 Division St) River Falls from 4-7pm.  Funeral service was at Spirit of Grace United Methodist Church (127 South 2nd Street, River Falls)  at 11am on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 with visitation starting at 10am. The service was live streamed via the link below.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Reed’s funeral service


  • Deb Timmerman Posted May 19, 2023 7:31 pm


  • Kendra Sievers Posted May 19, 2023 8:26 pm

    I am heartbroken to hear of Reed’s passing. My deepest condolences to the family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Carol Johnson Posted May 19, 2023 9:31 pm

    With deepest sympathy on the passing of your son Reed . May the love, prayers and support of your family and friends bring you comfort during this most difficult time

  • Patrick Hensley Posted May 20, 2023 7:46 am

    Reed and I worked together on a golf course in Nashville. He always knew how to make light in a difficult situation. He always knew how to make someone laugh. I will be praying for his family during this difficult time

  • -Jim & Kari LaPoint Posted May 20, 2023 8:21 am

    Please accept our deepest condolences to the entire Blasius family over the loss of Reed. We offer you our heartfelt support, healing prayers and friendship in this difficult time.

  • Aaron Pruefert Posted May 20, 2023 8:28 am

    You and your family are in our thoughts in this difficult time. Sending love from Madison

  • Laurie Hansen Posted May 20, 2023 8:34 am

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. My nephew Dylan Kusilek has lost three good friend. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Ann and Mike Elling Posted May 20, 2023 8:48 am

    My heart aches for all of you! Huge hugs and wishing you peace, comfort, and lots of love! So sorry.

  • Carrie and Eric Fishet Posted May 20, 2023 8:51 am

    My heart beaks for your whole family as you face such a sad and unexpected loss. Reed was still a kid when I last saw him and his smile lit up a room even then. You will have so many memories to carry you through the days ahead – and the support of an amazing community of friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Sue Schwartz Posted May 20, 2023 8:51 am

    Reed always entered the classroom with a smile and ready to learn. A beautiful person…Reed was kind, polite, considerate and fun loving. He and his friends were tightly knit and embraced positivity to everyone. I was very fortunate to have him in class; he was a light of sunshine. To his friends and family, my love and hugs.

  • Cheryl Grubb Posted May 20, 2023 9:35 am

    So sorry for your loss. I’m heartbroken for all of you.

  • Jeff Bjork Posted May 20, 2023 2:13 pm

    Words can not express my sadness I feel for you Chris & Russ. Wish there was some magic potion that could be used to lessen your pain & sorrow, but please know thoughts & prayers throughout our community are being shared about Reed and your family’s love. With my deepest condolences, Kindest Regards, Jeff Bjork

  • Aaron and Megan Christy Posted May 20, 2023 3:16 pm

    Our deepest condolences are with Emily, Brett , Lyna, Russ, Chris and all the family and friends. Sending our love from Ohio wishing we could be there for you all. Our hearts are broken for your loss. we will keep you all close in our prayers.
    Aaron, Megan & Colt Christy

  • Cindi Danke Posted May 20, 2023 4:30 pm

    So sorry Chris, Russ and Emily. My heart is breaking for you all. I remember as a tball/soccer coach all the little children running up and wanted to have Coach Reed today. He would give them a high fi e and then a huge smile! He will be missed by some many. Hugs to you all.

  • Sara Rohde Posted May 20, 2023 5:18 pm

    Blasius family- I am so sorry for your loss. While I didn’t know Reed- working with Emily is a delight- her kindness, gentle spirit and great sense of humor shine through. I imagine that Reed was as special, and pray that you will find some comfort in the coming days.

  • Forrest & Angie Anderson Posted May 20, 2023 6:58 pm

    To Reeds Family: The loss of a child is so unbelievable hard. So sorry to hear that your family is going through this. Our Prayers are with you all for Peace and Comfort . This is a time to lean on each other to get through the coming days and years without Reed.

  • Reid Wronski Posted May 20, 2023 9:23 pm

    Chris, Russ and Emily. I am so sorry to hear of Reed’s passing. My heart aches for your family and the greater community.

  • Kyle Grider Posted May 20, 2023 9:32 pm

    I worked with Reed in Nashville on a golf course and loved being around him. He was always making me laugh and a true blessing. Prayers to his friends and family during these tough times.

  • Mary Linehan Posted May 20, 2023 10:04 pm

    I am so very very sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of Reed in elementary school and middle school basketball. May your hearts find peace and support through friends and family during this sitting. Hugs to all.

  • Paul & Julie Lehmann Posted May 21, 2023 6:00 am

    Russ & Chris & Family-we are so saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful son, Reed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love and hugs

  • Rob Kreibich Posted May 21, 2023 2:35 pm

    So very sorry to hear about your son’s passing. My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. He made the world a better place in his 27 years.

  • Jennifer Norton Posted May 21, 2023 5:14 pm

    Russ, Chris & Family….Im heartbroken and saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful son, Reed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. May you find strength in each other and in the many who love and support you. Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult and sorrowful time.

  • Sarah and Mike Noreen Posted May 21, 2023 7:16 pm

    Our love and deepest condolences to you and your family. We are so saddened to know of your loss and our thoughts are with you all.

  • Dean & Mary Van Galen Posted May 21, 2023 9:07 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult heartache. May your many wonderful memories carry you through this painful journey. May God provide you comfort and hope in the days ahead.

  • Becky Kleager Posted May 22, 2023 7:31 am

    Sending supporting thoughts at such a difficult time

  • Don and Ellie Richards Posted May 22, 2023 8:43 am

    Words are insufficient to describe our extreme sadness for Cris and Russ and family for a loss no one should have to endure.

  • Lee Leiferman Posted May 22, 2023 9:05 am

    We give you our prayers and sympathy’s to the family. God Bless
    Lee Leiferman

  • Patti McLaughlin Posted May 22, 2023 9:06 am

    Chris, Russ, and Emily, this breaks my heart I can’t even fathom the pain you are experiencing. Thinking of you all in this difficult time. Prayers, hugs, and grace.

  • Betsy Sather Posted May 22, 2023 9:21 am

    So sorry to hear of Reed’s passing. Sending love and hugs.

  • Leigh Wiley Posted May 22, 2023 9:34 am

    When Chris and Russ moved next to us, the neighborhood came alive with kids running and playing in the alley! Even tho our son was a few years older, Reed enjoyed seeking him out to join in some activity. Reed was always polite and pleasant. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to family and friends.

  • Larry and Elaine Baumann Posted May 22, 2023 9:49 am

    Our deepest sympathy to your family in this time of great sadness. We are keeping you all on our prayers.

  • Russ Korpela Posted May 22, 2023 10:50 am

    The entire River Falls Chamber of Commerce family is heartbroken for you and your family. In the difficult days ahead please have faith in your Lord and that you are surrounded by many people who love you and are here for you.

  • Susan Emery Posted May 22, 2023 10:57 am

    So Sorry to hear of your Loss !! Russ, Thinking of you and your family in this very Difficult time !! Keeping you in my Prayers…

  • Sue, Vince and Paul Capparelli Posted May 22, 2023 11:38 am

    Sincerely sorry for your loss – so sad – you are in our thoughts Chris, Russ, and family.

  • Isaac Grover Posted May 22, 2023 12:30 pm

    I remember Reed as a boy and how proud the three of you were for his accomplishments. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

  • Sarah Smits Posted May 22, 2023 1:35 pm

    I didn’t know Reed, but this absolutely takes my breath away to think of your loss. Wishing you comfort in time with good memories.

  • Tim Knotek Posted May 22, 2023 4:25 pm

    Prayers for God’s peace. 🙏❤️

  • Fred & Yvonne Benson Posted May 22, 2023 4:56 pm

    I can’t imagine what you’re going through but I do know that it’s extremely difficult and painful to loose someone in your family. Our sincerest sympathy to all of you. Sending you prayers during this difficult time. Gid bless you and brong you comfort.

  • Lonnie O’Connor Posted May 23, 2023 12:03 pm

    Russ and family, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless and peace be with you all.

  • Amy Schreiner Posted May 23, 2023 12:34 pm

    There are no words. Prayers to all your family and friends.

  • Timm Anderson Posted May 23, 2023 1:17 pm

    What a wonderful young man. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Erin Livengood Posted May 23, 2023 2:08 pm

    Loving the Blasius fam from a far! ❤️ This news was absolutely heartbreaking.

  • Karen & Bill Hansen Posted May 23, 2023 3:45 pm

    Russ & Chris, Emily and family –
    While we can’t begin to know or feel your pain, we can reassure you that Reed will be remembered. As a “soccer” sibling (years of Emily and Chloe team play), we came to know Reed and enjoy our fellow field families.

  • Sheryn Ekstrum Posted May 30, 2023 10:23 am

    You have my heartfelt sympathy! God loves you and has you in the palm of his hand. I’m praying for you all at this most difficult time.

  • Linda Powers Posted May 31, 2023 6:19 am

    Russ & Chris – I am so very sorry for your loss. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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