George W BlankSeptember 26, 1920 ~ April 28, 2018 (age 97)
Funeral services for George W. Blank, 97, of Madison will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at St. John Green Garden Church, Madison: Rev Barry Williams will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, with military rites by the United States Air Force Honor Guard, American Legion Post 35 and VFW Post 5763. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Resseguie Funeral Home.
George died Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Countryside Home, Madison.
George William Blank was born September 26, 1920, the second of four children of David and Elizabeth (Reeg) Blank, in Madison County, Green Garden Precinct. George attended District 6 for first and second grade, he then went to Morning Star School and then to St. John Lutheran School, Green Garden, where he was confirmed and graduated in 1934.
George served in the Air Force for three years, starting in 1942 at 22 years of age, until December 29, 1945. He was sent overseas to the Pacific Theater. From there he went to New Guinea, the Philippines and then home through Japan.
George married Margaret Murriel Schmidt on February 4, 1951, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Madison. They were married for 65 years and farmed eight miles west of Madison. George loved his land and livestock. His farming theory was to take care of them and they will take care of you.
In addition to farming George was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Green Garden. He held a variety of offices throughout the years, including chairman and elder. He was the oldest member. He also served on the boards of the Battle Creek CO-OP and Farm Bureau and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
After retiring from farming in 1987, George and Margaret built a new home in Madison where they resided until they entered Countryside Home in July of 2014. George helped Darwin on the farm well into retirement.
George is survived by his son Steven (Sandra) of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, son Darwin (Karen) Blank of Madison, daughter Susan (Rory) Swim of Springview, four grandchildren, Jessica (Paul) Simental of Omaha, Kadie (Chuck) Kruger of Crookston, Eric Blank and Karissa Blank of Madison, five great-grandchildren, Michael Simental of Omaha, Sadie, Cooper, Brynna and Easton Kruger of Crookston, a brother William (Anne) Blank of Madison and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret on December 24, 2016, a brother Elmer and a sister Ruby Vonderohe.
George wishes in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Lutheran High Northeast or St. John Green Garden Cemetery fund, or Mission Central in Mapleton, IA.