In loving memory of

Kevin L. Blackstad
January 5, 1963 - May 19, 2020

Kevin L. Blackstad of Rake died Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the age of 57. A Celebration of Life will be held in Minnesota Lake at a later date.

Kevin Lee Blackstad was born January 5, 1963, in Madelia, Minnesota, son of Richard Alvin and Barbara Marie (Tapman) Blackstad. He grew up in Minnesota Lake, MN, graduating in 1981, and was an all-state football and basketball player in high school.

Kevin worked various jobs in construction in earlier years and he worked 16 years as a welder for A&B Welding of Thompson. He enjoyed playing softball, frisbee, and darts and he enjoyed hanging out with family and friends.

He is survived his partner of 32 years, Lisa Schroeder of Rake; three children, Meagan Blackstad of Estherville, Cortney Barbosa of Laurens, and Collin Blackstad of Rake; eight grandchildren, Hallie, Adison, Axel, Maverick, Luciana, Alicia, Emily and Carlos; his father, Richard Blackstad of Minnesota Lake, MN; two brothers, Rick (Angie) Blackstad of Mankato, MN and Jeff Blackstad of Minnesota Lake, MN; and two nephews, Gibson and Denim. He was preceded in death by his mother, and a brother Brian.


dave salisbury wrote on May 25, 2020:

"Remember all the good times with my friend wish I would have stayed in touch since school ...prayers to u Lisa and the rest of your family and to the blackstads"

Shane McDonough wrote on May 24, 2020:

"You were a good friend Kevin, Rest In Piece. My condolences to the family. God speed ??"

Dwwight Olson wrote on May 24, 2020:

"Sorry for your loss,worked with him in the 90s at A&B,He was always great to work with"

Deb Beyer wrote on May 24, 2020:

"So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all. "

Ron Stencel wrote on May 23, 2020:

"Take it easy big fella! We WILL meet again! My classmate, my teammate, my friend."

Richard Bach wrote on May 23, 2020:

"Kevin was a true friend in many ways but he was not afraid to show you he didn?t agree with you as well. I have so many memories growing up with Kevin from 1st grade to senior year and his mom worked with my mom. One of Kevin?s favorite pastimes was to take his dad?s Chevrolet truck up to 50 mph and turn of the ignition and wait 5-10 seconds, turning on the ignition would make the raw fuel explode within the exhaust system. This was all fun and good until one day cruising on CR 13, he waited a little to long before turning on the ignition system, upon turning it on he blew off the muffler and tail pipe???.boy did he laugh that day. Kevin was a great teammate as well, during our senior year we play football/basketball/track together. It was the fall of 1980 and we were on defense on the football field. The offense was running over our nose guard Jeff Woitas and it was really pissing Kevin off. Upon the next play, Kevin grabbed the back of Jeff?s jersey and threw him over to right tackle position. Upon the snap off the ball, Kevin grabbed the center?s jersey and flew over him like superman. The quarterback did not know what hit him and was tackled for a 4 yard lost. Lessened learned by the offense???do not piss Kevin off!! Kevin was also a great hockey player just ask Brad Roeseler, he can attest to that! Rest in peace BIG GUY, Rich Bach "

James Tatman (kevin\'s uncle) wrote on May 22, 2020:

"One of my best rememberances of Kevin is how much he looked after his brother, Brian, when Brian was struggling with his health. Kevin was such a caring little boy who was so patient."

Tracy and Amy Robbins wrote on May 22, 2020:

"We were shocked to hear of Kev\'s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have so many great memories with Kev... the Blacksted house was Tracy\'s second home! Kevin was a gentle giant, don\'t get me wrong, he could whoop ass! But he was very kind, caring and a loyal friend. RIP bud"

Kim Johnson wrote on May 22, 2020:

"My thoughts and prayers are sent to you Lisa and family??????"

Kami wrote on May 21, 2020:

"Kevin.....hard to believe. Lisa my condolences are with you now. May God lead you in peace. Also to your children, grandchildren and siblings. May his memories console you....I know I could think of a few! However, probably not suitable. If you need anything please call Kami Sunde "

Tom McCallum wrote on May 21, 2020:

"I hung out with Kevin in High School. I\'m a farily successful computer guy. It pained me that he didn\'t try academically, because I knew he was smart. I fucking saw it every night. My brother played MLB before Kev, my brother was good, but I will tell you, nobody played the position better than Kevin. He had a smooth footwork and he was big and loved to hit. I was thinking about boxing at one point, we went to Wells, watched Jamie Schull (sp?). got back in my truck, and Jamie\'s older brother was in front of us, talking to somebody, no biggie, but Slip Roeslerr, just reached over and bumped the horn, again, no biggie, but he took offense. We followed him to the trailer park north of Wells, tried to make apologies, and dude took a step tword me and Kevin hit him with one punch. It\'s like those pictures where you see a guy totally horizontal 3 feet above the ground. We left immediately, we were trying to say, \'hey sorry\'. Didn\'t work out. I have a million stories of Kevin, he was a true friend, He kicked the shit out of me a couple times too, but I never stopped loving him. RIP - KB, you earned it. "

Jacy Greensky wrote on May 21, 2020:

"RIP My friend!! Kevin was a big man with a big personality! I will miss my friend!! Lisa and family, I will be saying a prayer for Kevin as he walks on to the spirit world! "

Adrienne Sonnek-Hurlbert wrote on May 21, 2020:

"So sorry to hear this! Condolences to his family."

Jim Wilde wrote on May 21, 2020:

"Jim Wilde I\'ll miss you Big Guy.We had good times.I\'ll remenber."

Shirley Johnson wrote on May 21, 2020:

"So sorry to read this you have my deepest sympathy sending ? and hugs Shirley "

Marlene Winter wrote on May 21, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of your loss Lisa. Just heard today. Sending my Sympathy!"

Linda Battey wrote on May 21, 2020:

"Lisa and family... Jeff and I send you our deepest sympathy. Cherish all the good memories. May God wrap his arms around you and give you strength to through the coming days. "

Karen Robbins wrote on May 21, 2020:

"Lisa and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Let memories guide your way through these difficult days. "

Jodi Schultz wrote on May 20, 2020:

"Lisa and family, Joe and I offer our sincere sympathies! Kevin was one of a kind in every way! Big ole teddy bear! We will miss him. ((Hugs)) Jodi and Joe Schultz"