A livestream of Jake's funeral mass will be available below:
Jacob (Jake) Blotsky Jr.,83 of Fargo, ND, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Eventide, Fargo, ND. Jake Blotsky Jr. was born on July 23rd, 1938, to Jake and Regina Blotsky of Arthur, ND. The original farmhouse the family grew up in had no electricity or running water which was added in the later years. Stories were told that during the winter a rope would be tied from the house to the outhouse because of no visibility. In 1954, the family moved to Fargo, ND. Transferring from a one room country schoolhouse, the move to the city had its challenges. Dad, at the age of 17, asked his father to fudge his date of birth so that dad could join the Army. Upon his return he met his wife, Gloria Ann Wetzstein. Dad and mom met on a blind date set up by dad’s sister, Darlene, mom’s best friend. On October 3rd, 1959, they were united in marriage. A member of St. Anthony’s of Padua Church dad and mom’s loyalty to their faith was a priority in their day-to-day living. While raising their family, Jake and Gloria owned and operated Dakota Muffler/Exhaust Pro for 35+ years. Jake and Gloria volunteered for many of the Muscular Dystrophy Marathon and were members of the Moose Lodge. The one membership dad really enjoyed was the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, where he drove a Honda motorcycle in many parades. Dad always had a hard time sitting still so after retirement he drove for Richards Transportation and the Fargo Catholic School System. He loved transporting those kids especially when they said, “Hi Jake from State Farm.” Dad was a fierce competitor when playing Whist, Pinochle, Cribbage, and let’s not forget Texas Hold’em. After teaching most of his grandchildren how to gamble, he didn’t like losing to them. He is survived by his wife Gloria, children Brenda (Keith) Strom, Shelly Thompson, Steve (Dorinda) Blotsky, Todd (Erin) Blotsky, grandchildren Lindsey (Kris) Warren, Molly (Miran) Milovanovic, Justin Strom (Derek Zimmerman), Janessa Thompson, Ashley (Marcus) Skonieczny, Ruben Blotsky, Haley Blotsky, Jacob Blotsky, Braden Meyer, Olivia Blotsky, Isaac Blotsky, great-grandchildren Elliott, Hayes, Riggs Warren, Cameron Milovanovic, Zayden Blotsky. Brother, James (Linnea) Blotsky, sisters, Lorraine Martin and Jane (William) Hubert, and sister-in-law Pamela Blotsky. He is preceded in death by his parents Jake and Regina Blotsky, sisters Germaine Turner/Mulvaney and Darlene Dahlquist, brother Melvin Blotsky and brother-in-law Richard Dahlquist.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline

Guestbook

  1. So sorry to hear about your loss! Praying that as you will have Peace knowing that He is with our Heavenly Father.

  2. Soooo many memories from my childhood until just a few months ago. 💖 Thank you for the love, sharing, laughter, and endless teasing that was endearing. Rest in peace! 🕊

    To my beloved family, sending love and hugs across the miles. 💕

  3. Our very deepest condolences on the loss of my dear sweet cousin. Willie and I winter in Lake Havasu AZ. I am sorry we are unable to be there for you Gloria and family. I have so many memories of Jake, that I will treasure. May God Bless and keep you in his loving care.

    God bless you all
    Karen and Willie

  4. What a GREAT guy. Very personable business man.They don’t make many like that any more.I got to know Jake when i past through Fargo and get my oil changed. we visited as they change my oil. I live about 80 miles so. of Fargo.One day my wife is Fargo and has car trouble , called to ask what to do? I told to go see Jake. Jake said they could fix it , but would take awhile. My wife called and asked me what she should with out a car , I jokingly told her to rent-a-wreck ,Jake ask her what I said . She told him what I said. Jake said your not renting wreck , Jake said Gloria are you going to be using your car? Gloria said No. Jake got her car keys and gave the to my wife for her to use.A New Caddilac and wife was the whole time she had the use of it , Jake was so great every time I stopped in for service . He will be missed.

  5. RIP Uncle Jake
    Got to know Jake and the family when i was attending college in Moorhead back in the 90’s, when i had nothing to do I would head over to the the muffler shop and kick the bucket with Jake, and some good laughs and talks.
    Jake is my grandfather’s brother son, I called him “uncle” jake anyways.
    From one Blotsky family to the other, my prayers are with you.

    Mort

  6. Wish I could be there to celebrate Uncle Jakes life. He was a good man, always the joker. The time I saw him was at my dads funeral. He looked great and I was happy to see someone representing moms family. Prayers and blessings to the family especially aunt Gloria, Brenda,Shelly, Steve and Todd.
    All my love, Diana

  7. What a beautiful soul. So many memories. Jake you will be missed. To Auntie Gloria, and Brenda, and Shelly, and Steve, and Todd. You had a wonderful father. To Janessa, and Lindsey, and Molly, and Jason, and all the rest of the family. You had a wonderful Grandpa. To Lorraine, and Mary Jane and Jim you lost a wonderful brother. Big hugs and love to the whole family.

  8. With a very fond feeling in my heart, I’m praying for Uncle Jake’s Grace-held transition. Also sending much love to Gloria, Steve, Brenda, Shelley, Todd and all the beautiful grand and great grand children. Lots of love to everyone.

    When I was young I had the impression of my uncle Jake as a very tough guy who was into stealing my nose. As an adult when I had the very occasional opportunity to visit, I really enjoyed how funny he was. Today, as I look at all the photos in the video collage I’m very touched by the soft kindness in his eyes. Even in an ordinary photo like where he is about to eat the steak, one can really feel his sweetness.

    Happy to see all the beautiful Blotsky faces! God bless you all. Rest in peace dear uncle Jake.

  9. Sending my love to Gloria, Brenda, Shelly, Steve and Todd. Memories of your husband and father are treasures in my life. Auntie Diane

  10. sorry for your loss Aunt Gloria and the children, he lived a good life and I respected the man,,,RIP,,,unfortunatly, I will miss the service due to sickness, not covid,,,came on suddenly, head and chest cold,,,HUGS AND LOVE, Jakes Nephew, Mark Olsby

  11. Sending so much love to my family. You are all in my prayers. Uncle Jake will always be my favorite uncle. He was a beautiful soul. I have many fond memories of him from my childhood.

  12. Our deepest sympathies go out to you all, during this very difficult time. May you find peace knowing he is with our Heavenly Father.

  13. You were a great man Papa Jake and you will be greatly missed. You left behind not only your legacy, but an absolutely amazing family. You will always hold a special place in my heart and I am very proud that I gave my son Jacob, your namesake!! Until we meet again,
    Julie Knorr

  14. Jack and Sharon send out condolences to Jake’s Family, especially Gloria. Life goes so fast, it seems and wished we’d got together more to really know each other. Jake stopped at our house when he was in Williston a many years ago. We always intended to go to Fargo more often then, but when Kids, grandkids and all come along plus our Business’, It didn’t happen. We send Our Deepest Sympathy at this time. If you are ever up this way be sure to Stop.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook