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Herbert Frank Blanck

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Herbert Frank Blanck

Nov. 11, 1926

Oct. 21, 2012

Herbert Blanck was born on November 11, 1926 to Max and Dora Sklar Blanck in Brooklyn New York. He was the eldest of three siblings, William Paul Blanck (deceased) and Ellen Blanck Kulka of New Jersey. Herb was accepted to the prestigious Brooklyn School of Technology and then enlisted at 17 in the Army Air Corps to train as a pilot. The war ended before he completed his training. He then entered Clarkson School of Technology in Potsdam, New York on the GI bill. There he met the love of his life Olga Okrepkie who was attending the Potsdam State Teacher's College. They were married two years later in 1948 and were married for 64 wonderful years. After graduation as a chemical engineer, Clarkson asked Herb to teach engineering. Because of Herb's work as an engineer they lived in many locations including Alabama, Ohio (where their first daughter was born, Emily Lou) and then returned to Mt. Vernon, and upstate New York, where Beth Susanne and Jeffrey Sklar were born. He worked for his father's business machine retail store.

In 1961, he was hired by Rocketdyne and moved to the San Fernando Valley. Herb worked as an aerospace engineer on the Gemini and Apollo space flights. He developed the collapsible fuel tanks for the astronaut capsules, and the design was later used for baby bottles.

At forty years of age he decided to go back to school and become an attorney. He went to school at night and graduated early, second in his class. Loyola University School of Law asked Herb to teach after he graduated. He became a well-known appellate attorney, winning many cases before both the state and federal courts.

Again they moved to Camarillo in Ventura. He was president of the Rotary Club in Camarillo. Once they retired they moved to Sun River Oregon, then to Santa Rosa and finally to Sparks, Nevada to be near family. He was active in the Temple Sinai Talmud Torah group, men's club and with his Havurah. He was an avid golfer all his life.

He is survived by his wife, Olga Blanck; three children Jeffrey (and Sharrone) Blanck, Emily Blanck (and Dan Weiss), Beth Susanne; his sister Ellen Blanck Kulka; 7 grandchildren: Lara (and Jeff Lauritz) Megan, Rebecca, David, Lily, Noah and Max and 2 great grandchildren, Kai and Avi and many loving friends.

Donations in his honor can be made to Circle of Life Hospice, Sparks Nevada or Temple Sinai.

May his memory be a blessing.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 3405 Gulling Rd., Reno. Burial will follow at Hebrew Cemetery.

The family invites you to share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2012
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