William R. Blinn

William R. Blinn, 88, of Ellwood City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday evening, February 14, 2012 in the Mary Evans Extended Care Center at the Ellwood City Hospital.

He was born in Slate Lick, PA on May 27, 1923 to the late Elmer Raymond Blinn and the late Sarah Elizabeth Anthony Blinn. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in the class of 1941 and served in the U.S. Army from January 18, 1943 to December 8, 1945, where he fought in the European Theater and was awarded five battle stars. His outfit released prisoners from concentration camps at the end of the war. He married his wife, Elsie Mae Bryant Blinn, on November 24, 1946. The two were married for 54 years. She preceded him in death on December 9, 2000. He worked at the former Ellwood Works of U.S. Steel Corporation for over 34 years.

A longtime member of the First Christian Church in Ellwood City, Bill served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. He was a member of F.&A.M. #599 Ellwood Lodge, the Valley of New Castle Consistory, and the New Castle Legion of Honor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and traveling with his wife.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Piper, in 1988.

He is survived by three daughters and three sons: Keithlene (and Bert) Fulton of New Castle, Donna (and DeWitt) Krepps of North Sewickley, William (and Alice) Blinn, Jr. of New Castle, Rickie Jean (and Don) Kegarise of New Middletown, OH, John Anthony (and Glenda) Blinn of Ellwood City, and David Raymond (and Renee) Blinn of Hollidaysburg, PA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Denise Wagner, J.D. Krepps, Amy Krepps Frederiksen, Douglas Kegarise, and Laura, Matthew, Rachel, Eric, Sarah, and Daniel Blinn, as well as six great grandchildren: Benjamin, Samuel, and Abigail Wagner, D.J. Kegarise, Owen Krepps, and Petra Frederiksen. His nephew, Robert Piper of Meadville, PA, also survives.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. today, Thursday, February 16, 2012 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Friday, February 17, 2012 at TURNER’S with Mr. Thomas A. O’Brien, his minister, officiating.

Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester.

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