Marlen “Pug” Emil Black, of Mora, died Thursday, July 22, 2021, in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was 82 years. old.

He was born to Russell and Lydia (Kubat) Black on Aug. 30, 1938, on Clark Street in Mora. He was raised on a small family farm in Ogilvie. After graduation from Ogilvie High School, he joined the United States Navy and served three years of active duty and another three years of reserves. After serving in the military, he returned home and met the love of his life, Nancy (Blowers) at a dance. They were united in marriage Aug. 5, 1961. Together, they raised five daughters.

His employment included laborer, welder, dairy farmer and county worker. His military service, employment and recreation enabled him to visit all 50 states.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing baseball, playing and coaching softball for five decades, playing cards, picking agates, welding unique creations, raising work horses, attending many sporting events for his kids and grandkids, antique tractors, feeding the birds and home renovation projects. His greatest love of all was spending time with his family, especially with his wife of 60 years. He never met anyone he couldn’t talk to. He often would say “your friend is my friend.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Lydia Black; mother-in-law, Hilda (Block) Blowers; father-in-law, Leonard Blowers; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia “Kay” (Blowers) and Jerry Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Lori (Tom Ng) Black, Peggy (Lynn) Erickson, Audri (Mike) Erickson, Anna (Bill) Asmus and Angela (Tom) Kemp; grandchildren, Justin Ng, Kira Ng, Jared Ng, Kirstin (Sam) Paquin, Darin (Caitlin) Erickson, Megan (Hunter) Welinski, Kelsey (Kevin) Nolt, Karlee (Tyler) Ulseth, Derek (Tiphanie) Stromberg, Malayna “Shea” Asmus, Quincy Asmus, Tyler (Leah) Kemp, Steven Kemp, Emily Kemp, William Kemp; great-grandchildren, Linley Paquin, Quinn Paquin, Tenley Erickson, Ella Welinski, Addie Welinski, Kasen Nolt, Maverick Ulseth, Kade Stromberg; and honorary grandson, Jesse Fore.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mora. Visitation is planned prior to the funeral from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center. A celebration of life will follow the service at The Grand Event Center until 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers charitable donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Kick Cancer to the Curb.

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