Mr. George William Blank, Jr., 90 of Franklin Twp. passed away peacefully on Friday morning in his residence. Mr. Blank was born on February 7, 1924 in New Brighton to the late George William Blank, Sr. and Ida Lucinda Schweinsberg Blank. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1941, and a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Bill served with the U.S. Navy from August of 1944 until his discharge in March of 1946 as a Radarman 2nd class.
In 1940 Bill became the President of the Geo W. Blank Supply Co. in Ellwood City and held that position until his retirement. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since 1936, and is a charter member of the BSA Morain Trails Council. He also had earned the Silver Beaver and Lamb of God awards, which are the two highest awards one can receive thru Scouting and Church. He has been a very active member of the Ellwood City Rotary Club for over sixty years, and is a past president of the club. In 1979 he served as the Rotary District Govenor.
Over the years, Bill hosted several Rotary foreign exchange students and had accompanied some of them on a three month trip to Australia. He also hosted the club’s annual Steak Fry at his residence. Mr. Blank is a member of the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge #599 where he served as Master in 1955. He is a 32nd Degree Mason with the New Castle Consistory and Syria Shrine, and a member of the York Rite Bodies in New Castle Chapter, Council, and Commandery. He served as a Trustee of the Ellwood City Lodge for many years. He is a memebr of the Ellwood City Hospital Board of Directors and the ESB Bank Board of Directors. Bill also served as a Franklin Twp. Supervisor for over 35 years, and is a life member of the American Legion Post #157. Bill has belonged to the Shear Luck Club since 1947, and enjoyed playing Duplicate Bridge, Model Railroading, and being with his family and his many friends.
Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Kathy L. Curtis Thalmann Blank whom he married on May 4, 1996, his two step sons and their significant others, Bryon Talmann (Patty Meyers) of Ellport and Bruce Thalmann (Shariee DeCooman) of Ellwood City, and his nieces and nephews, David (Sandy) Blank, John (Lee) Smith, Rodney (Karen) Smith, Colleen Sicard, John (Susan) Blank, Chris (Mike) Smith, Anne (Charles) Francis, and Nancy (Jim) Horton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Genevieve Helen Smith Blank in 1995, his sister Margaret Miller, his two brothers Howard E. Blank, and J. Kenneth Blank, his brother-in-law Herb Miller, and his sisters-in-law Norma Blank and Jean Blank.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1-3 and 6-8 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and on Wednesday from 10-11 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church. Members of the Ellwood City Masons are asked to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday by 7:30 pm to conduct a service at 7:45 pm.
Services for Mr. Blank will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating. Entombment will follow at the Slippery Rock Cemetery Mausoleum. Members of the Veterans Honor Guard are asked to meet at the Church on Wednesday by 10:45 am to conduct full military honors.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Blank’s name may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church organ fund, 207 Spring Ave., Ellwood City, Pa 16117, the Ellwod City Rotary Club, The Boy Scouts of America, or to the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge #599.
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