Arthur Eugene Blenkle, 81, of Shady Side, died June 9 at his residence. Born December 9, 1932 in Jamaica, NY to Arthur and Emma (Lutz) Blenkle, Arthur was raised in Queens and graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. He enlisted in the United States Army on June 21, 1955, completing his reserve obligation on June 15, 1962. He was honorably discharged as First Lieutenant. Arthur married Lydia Kahrs on April 12, 1958 in Ridgewood, NY. They moved to Maryland in 1969, and Arthur has lived in Shady Side since 2000. He was employed as an Electrical Engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the German American Heritage Society, Kolping Society of Brooklyn, NY, and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River. Arthur enjoyed watching baseball. Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia and grandson, Michael Fennell II. He is survived by two sons, Arthur H. Benkle of Laurel, and Mark E. Blenkle of Shady Side; daughter, Linda Fennell and husband Mike of Shady Side;and two granddaughters, Katherine Fennell of Columbia and Lauren Fennell of Charlotte, NC. Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m., Thursday, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Arthur's name may be made to the
. To leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.
The Guest Book is expired.
Published in The Capital on June 11, 2014
Rausch Funeral Home, P.A.
8325 Mt. Harmony Lane Owings, MD 20736