Blaine Richard Emken
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AGE: 35 • Ocean Twp.
Blaine Richard Emken, 35 of Ocean Twp., passed away peacefully on Wed. June 20, 2012. Born in Red Bank, he lived most of his life in Ocean Twp.. He worked in Aberdeen, MD at the Military Proving Grounds.He was a Captain in the US Army and served two tours in Iraq, from 2003-2004 in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and from 2008-2009 as a supporting civilian for US operations. Blaine was an All- State football player with the "Big Red" of Ocean Twp. High School and key member of their 1993 undefeated State Championship team. He continued his academics and athletics at Shippensburg University, PA. While at Shippensburg, Blaine became a member of ROTC and went to serve his country immediately after graduation in the US Army and US National Guard.
He was the proud son of the late Mary Emken who died in 2008. He is survived by his father Arthur Emken Jr.; his brothers Arthur Emken III, and Nicholas Emken; his sister-in-law, Tracy Emken; his niece, Ryan Emken; his nephew Tyler Emken. He is also survived by his loving aunts, Norene Sandifer, Suzie Calafiore, and Linda McCarron; his uncles Fred Emken, Bob McCarron and Billy Sandifer as well as his cousins Keim Calafiore, Andy Micucci, and Makaela and Sean McCarron, his wife Lindsay and Joella, and his godmother Eileen Pagnozzi.He was also loved by many other family members as well as an incredible circle of friends who were very dear to him and forever will remain so.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8pm Sunday June 24,2012 at the Francioni, Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home, 1200 10th and Atkins Ave., Neptune.The Funeral will leave the Funeral Home Monday June 25,2012 at 9:30am for a 10am mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Asbury Park.Interment will be Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In leiu of flowers, please honor Blaine by making a donation in his name to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Blaine was a warm and kind soul who had an impact on everyone he touched. He was a proud son, brother, nephew,cousin, friend,soldier, and angel who was needed back in heaven. We will miss you Blaine, rest in peace.
Published in Asbury Park Press from June 22 to June 23, 2012