Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Blankenbaker


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, December 23, 1942
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COUNTY  NATIVE  SUCCUMBS  HERE
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          Mrs. Zora Blankenbaker, age seventy-one, widow of the late William Blankenbaker, died at her home 29 Walker street, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.  She had been in failing health for the past four years, but her condition became critical only in the past four weeks.  Death was due to complications.
          Mrs. Blankenbaker was born in Shelby county, February 16, 1871, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bassett.  She was 71 years, 10 months and six days old at the time of her death.
          A resident of Shelby county all her life, she had resided in the city for the past 22 years, and was one of the county's most highly esteemed ladies.
          On December 25, 1890, she was married to William Blankenbaker, who preceded her in death September 23, 1939.   To this union two children were born, a daughter and a son. The daughter, Lou Anna  died August 21, 1897.  Surviving with the son, Russell, at home, are one sister, Mrs. Sidney Sanders, of Kokomo, three half-brothers and several nieces and nephews.
          Mrs. Blankenbaker was a devoted member of the First Methodist church here.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home, 29 Walker street, at 2:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with Dr. J.W. McFall, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating.  Interment will be in the family lot in the Boggstown cemetery in charge of C.F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.  Friends may call at the late home after 2:00 p.m. today.
Submitted by Barb Huff for  Philip Naff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, September 22, 1939
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DEATH  FOLLOWS  LONG  ILLNESS
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William Blankenbaker, 72, Passes Away at Home;
Funeral Saturday
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          William Blankenbaker, 72 years old, well known Shelbyville man, died at 5:10 p.m. Thursday in his home, 29 Walker street, after a long illness.
          Mr. Blankenbaker was born in Boone County, Kentucky, December 3, 1866; a son of  Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Blankenbaker.  At the age of 17 he came to Shelby county and for many years he was a farmer in Sugar Creek township.  He had resided in Shelbyville for the last 20 years.
          Forty-eight years ago he married  Miss Zora Bassett.  One son and one daughter were born to then, the daughter having passed away at the age of six years.  The son, Russell Blankenbaker, of this city, and the widow survive.
          Mr. Blankenbaker also leaves two half-sisters, Miss Fay Blankenbaker  and  Mrs. Elizabeth Burgess, of Indianapolis; a nephew, Howard Blankenbaker, of Shelbyville; one grand-niece and one grand-nephew.  A brother, Claude Blankenbaker, died June 20 of last year.
          The funeral service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the late home, with J.W. McFall officiating.  Burial will be in the family lot in the Boggstown cemetery, in charge of C.F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.  Friends may call at the late home after 4:00 p.m. today.
Submitted by Barb Huff for  Philip Naff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, April 27, 1939
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EX-RESIDENT  OF  CITY  SUCCUMBS
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Mrs. Loucetta Blankenbaker, 87,
Dies of Illness in Indianapolis
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          Loucetta Blankenbaker, widow of  Jasper Blankenbaker, died at her home, 2540 Broadway, Indianapolis at 12:15 Wednesday morning, after a three weeks illness due to complications.  Mrs. Blankenbaker formerly lived near this city.
          She was born in Shelby County on April 20, 1852, the daughter of  Allen and Elizabeth (Stafford) Crigler, being at the time of death eighty-seven years old.  She was married to Jasper Blankenbaker on October 28, 1878, and to this union were born three children, two of whom survive.  They are Miss Faye Blankenbaker and Mrs. O. R. Burgess, both at home.  Another daughter, Farnie Lemar, preceded her in death.  Mr. Blankenbaker died several years ago.
          Other survivors are a step-son, William Blankenbaker, of this city.  The late Claude Blankenbaker, of this city, was also a step-son.  Mrs. Blankenbaker was the last member of her family.  She had been a resident of Indianapolis for the last nineteen years, moving there from New Castle.  She was a charter member of the New Castle Baptist church.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home Friday at 9:00 a.m., the Rev. William F. Rothenberger, Indianapolis Christian church pastor, officiating.  Burial in South Mound cemetery at New Castle, will be in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
Submitted by Barb Huff for  Philip Naff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, June 21, 1938
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PLAN  FUNERAL  FOR  LOCAL  MAN
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Claude Blankenbaker Dies at Hospital; Rites Wednesday
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        Claude Blankenbaker, age 66, of 535 South Miller street, died at the Major Hospital at 4:45 p.m. Monday, after an illness of five days due to uremic coma.
          He was born in Boone county, Kentucky, January 5, 1872, and was the son of  Jasper and Laura Blankenbaker, pioneer residents of Shelby county.  When he was seven years old he moved with his parents to Sugar Creek township.  He attended the Sugar Creek township schools.  In 1904 he married  Mabel Viola Rush, and four sons were born.  Survivors beside the widow are one son, Howard Blankenbaker, of this city; two grandchildren, Rolland and Carol Sue Blankenbaker; one brother, William Blankenbaker, of Shelbyville; two half-sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Burgess and Miss Faye Blankenbaker, and the step-mother, Mrs. Lou Blankenbaker, all of Indianapolis.  The deceased was a member of the Modern Woodmen lodge and of the First M. E. church of this city.
          Funeral services will be held at the home 535 South Miller street at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with Dr. J. W. McFall, pastor of the First M. E. church, officiating.  Interment will be in Forest Hill cemetery, in charge of C. F. Fix and Son, funeral directors.  Friends may call at the home any time after 4 p.m. today.
Submitted by Barb Huff for  Philip Naff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, June 20, 1918
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Jasper Blankenbaker, Father of Mrs.
Bert Lemar, Died Sunday at His
Home in Henry County.
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          Mr. and Mrs. Bert Lemar,  of this city, were called to New Castle, Sunday, by the death of Mrs. Lemar's father,  Jasper Blankenbaker,  a former well known and prominent resident of Sugar Creek township and well remembered by the residents of that locality.  He was seventy-six years of age last April.
          Mr. Blankenbaker resided in Sugar Creek township for over thir-five years, coming direct to this county from his home in Kentucky, where he was born.  He was one of the substantial citizens of this county and a man well thought of by his associates.
          He is survived by his widow, two daughters and two sons, who are Mrs. Lemar, of this city,  Mrs. Burgess,  of New Castle;  William Blankenbaker  and  Claude Blankenbaker,  of Assumption, Ill.  He also leaves one sister in Kentucky.
          The funeral services will be held at the late home Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock and burial will be made in New Castle.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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