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Joseph W. Blickenstaff Sr.

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84, of Taneytown Joseph William Blickenstaff Sr., 84, of Taneytown, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Pa. Born Dec. 19, 1925, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Wilbur N. and Lena Gontrum Blickenstaff. He was the husband of Doris Marie Neumeister Blickenstaff, his wife of 61 years. He was a veteran of the Navy and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He moved to Carroll County in 1966. He worked as an electrician for the Western Maryland Railroad and Silverblatt Electric, retiring in 1990. He spent his retirement years working in his woodshop making toys for his grandchildren and taking care of the family farm located in Blacks Corner. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1529 in Baltimore and St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Silver Run. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children and spouses Frederick W. Blickenstaff, of Westminster, L. Bernard and Melissa Blickenstaff, of Reisterstown, Franklin T. Blickenstaff and companion Audrey Baxter, both of Taneytown, Donna J. Blettner, of Hanover, and Linda A. Blickenstaff and companion, William Wenderoth, of Littlestown, Pa.; brother L. Wesley Blickenstaff and wife Doris, of Randallstown; grandchildren Joseph W. III, Audra M., Bradley R., Tyler D. and Billy Joe Blickenstaff, Michele L. Fasnacht, Angela M. and Clinton A. Blettner and William C. Caple Jr.; five great grandchildren; a friend, Anna Koch and family, of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Joseph W. Blickenstaff Jr., who died Dec. 19, 1970; and siblings Wilbur N. Blickenstaff Jr. and Floy Sloan. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster, and from 1 p.m. until the time of service, 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3978 Littlestown Pike, Silver Run, with his pastor, the Rev. H. Lee Brumback II, officiating. Interment will be held in St. Mary's UCC Cemetery in Silver Run with military honors. Online condolences may be offered at Sign this guest book online at

Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 23, 2010
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