After a short illness, Steven Edwin Blesch, age 84, went home to The Lord Jesus Christ on January 20th, 2022 at Covenant Health Hobbs Hospital. He was born in Evansville, Indiana, on June 3rd, 1937, and was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin G. and Helen L. Blesch, and daughter Adell Chambers. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene “Marti” Louise Blesch, three children, ten grandchildren, and twenty-four great grandchildren. His children and their spouses are: Jamie Larie and husband Kelly Kitchens, Steven Edwin Blesch II, Leslie Christine and husband Justin Morris. Grandchildren and great grandchildren are as follows: William Tyrell Blesch and wife Lilach, their children Adaliah, Nina, and Chloe; Jennifer Blesch and her children Hadassah, Judah, and Daniel; Darcie Jane and husband Jordan Raridon, their children Anna, Mina, and Aurelia; Steven E. Blesch III and wife Sarah Nicole, their children Zimirah and Milo; Sarah E. Blesch; Sadie E. Blesch; Jessica Larie Mitchell and her children Sylis, Haeven, and Trinity; Angel Christine and husband Cody Caudill, their children Triston and Jemma; Alexandrea Rose and husband Steven Maes, their children Aaralynn and Roinn; Alfred Cedric Chambers, and Steven’s younger brother Richard Dalton Blesch.
Steve Blesch graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in geology and mathematics. He and Marti then moved to Hobbs, NM where he spent the majority of his oil and gas industry career working in the oil fields throughout Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. In 1989 he and Marti opened The Prairie Rose Café where they served family style food to the Hobbs community until closing the restaurant in 2014 and going into retirement.
Steve Blesch was the kindest, most loving of fathers, a man of integrity in all his dealings with others. He was all these things, and oh, so much more, that it can not even be contained here. He was most notable for his faith in Jesus Christ, his readiness in prayer, and his generosity and willingness to help those in need. He was the finest example of what it means to be a man of honor. He was our hero and may he forever rest in the peace of Jesus’ arms.