RALEIGH, N.C. – David Blitzblau, a DeKalb, Ill., native, passed away March 18, 2013 at his home in Raleigh, N.C., suffering from cancer.|
He was born the son of Frank and Grace (Hay) Blitzblau, born at the Glidden Hospital on Nov. 20, 1952. He attended all local schools, the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, received a six-year scholarship as supervisor for Illinois highways, and received a Bachelor of Science in accounting at Northern Illinois University.
On Oct. 27, 1978, he married Martha Balch. There were several businesses he owned in DeKalb. David bought and renovated the DeKalb Theater at 145 N. Third St. It became Box Office Brewery and Restaurant. The building later became a landmark.
His father Frank preceded him in death in 1981, and a niece Rebecca in 1970.
Survivors are his wife, Martha, of Raleigh; his mother Grace, of DeKalb; his brother William, nephews Matthew and Benjamin, and great niece Hailey, of Rockford, Ill.; his children, Megan, Jennifer, Jaclyn, Margaret and spouses; grandchildren Evan, Elizabeth, Matthew, Adleigh and Ella; also uncles William and John Hay, cousins and many friends.
All final arrangements took place in Raleigh. Memorials are going to the Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, One Kish Hospital Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 2, 2013