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Herman A. Blankenburg

February 17, 1930 ~ July 12, 2020 (age 90)

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Herman passed peacefully in his home, Sunday, July 12, 2020.  He was born on February 17, 1930, in Battle Creek, the son of Herman and Rose (Severance) Blankenburg. He had been a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1948. Herman was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1949 to 1951 then the Air National Guard before being honorably discharged in 1952. He attended the Allied School of Mechanical Trades Technical Institute in Chicago, earning his Master Machinist Certificate. Herman was employed as a machinist with the Kellogg Company for 40 year, retiring in Oct. 1990. He married the love of his life, Sharon E. Kline on August 31, 1963. She preceded him in death in 2005.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kellogg 25 Year Club, Elks Lodge #131 and the American Legion Post #298. He was an avid sportsman. He played football in the Air Force. He bowled, golfed, played city league baseball, basketball and softball. Surviving are his children, Susan (Chris) Goins of Battle Creek and Michael (Nina) Blankenburg of Piqua, OH; grandchildren, Sarah and Daniel Goins; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a twin brother, Edward Blankenburg, sisters, Catherine Blankenburg, Mary Huver, Della Blankenburg and Ellen  Ainsworth . Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 p.m., Monday at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home and Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.     

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July 20, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Richard A. Henry Funeral Home & Cremation Services
703 Capital Avenue SW
Battle Creek, MI 49015

Mass of Christian Burial
July 21, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Catholic Church
61 North 23rd Street
Battle Creek, Michigan 49015


St. Joseph Catholic Church
61 N. 23rd Street, Battle Creek MI 49015

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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