Pastor Ed Blair served Zion from 1970-2001.
His wife, Karyl Blair, remembers:
When we lived in the parsonage up by the former Zion, the house had a buzzer that rang in the church office, evidently to signal (1970-before cell phones) when there was a phone call at the house but it also worked like a dinner bell.
After we got a housing allowance, the parsonage was used for Sunday school classes, and Carmen thought it was weird going to Sunday School in her parents’ former bedroom.
One of the fun incidents that I remember is being introduced in a wedding receiving line as Mrs. Pastor Blair.
Moving into the new Zion on 25 South was at least six years in the planning. How thrilling it was to worship that first Sunday on Nov. 12, 1989, in the long-awaited new building. After zillions of meetings and the move from the former church building to offices in a mobile home with worship in what was then the Junior High School for about 14 months, we finally moved to the new site on Hwy. 25 South, the former location of a soybean field. When Ed was asked what he planned to do when the church was built, he always replied, “We’re going to Disneyland,” which we did in January, 1990.
Youth groups who called Ed “Plastor Bear.”
The celebration of the 125th anniversary of Zion in 1991 with a special pageant and other festivities and the 140th anniversary of the congregation on November 5, 2006, when Ed preached.
The outpouring of love and support during Ed’s death and his funeral.
Pastor Ed passed away on Tuesday, January 12, in Arizona after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. The funeral was held at Zion on Sunday, January 17.
- Photos and memories from Pastor Ed’s time at Zion (PDF)
- Funeral Service Audio: Words of Remembrance by Pastor John Folkerds
- Funeral Service Audio: Sermon by Pastor Ted Vanderpan
- Obituary from Minneapolis Area Synod
- Article from the Worthington Daily Globe
- Article from the Payson Roundup
- Obituary from the Peterson Chapel
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