In Memory

Eugene Blickenstaff - Class Of 1933

Birth: Feb. 24, 1915
White County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 4, 2008
Cass County
Indiana, USA

Eugene F. Blickenstaff

Services for Eugene F. Blickenstaff, 93, Logansport, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Fisher Funeral Chapel.

He died at noon Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in Chase Center.

Born Feb. 24, 1915, in Burnettsville, he was the son of the Eli E. "Doc" and Maude Sarah Rebecca Snyder Blickenstaff. He was married March 15, 1941, to Wilda Druley. She preceded in death. On April 5, 1975, he was married to Georgia Marie Sterrett, who survives.

A 1933 graduate of Delphi High School, Eugene attended Purdue University for 3 1/2 years. As a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, Eugene received the European Theater Ribbon with three bronze service stars and the American Theater Ribbon. He fought in battles in the Rhineland and Northern France and Central Europe.

He retired from the Logansport State Hospital in 1985, where he was instrumental in organizing the housekeeping department as the executive housekeeper for 18 years. Before that, he was employed for several years at Muehlhausen Springs, where he was president and treasurer of the union. He had also worked for RCA in Monticello and was an insurance agent with John Hancock for many years. He served on the town board of Royal Center for many years in several capacities, including president of the board.

In earlier years, he was very active in the former Trinity United Methodist Church in Royal Center, where he served as layman. His children fondly remember how he used his organizational skills to get the whole family involved in custodial duties at church. He later joined Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church in Logansport, where he was a devoted member.

He loved traveling with his wife, especially when they made the trip to Alaska. Eugene loved the out-of-doors and also enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are his wife, Georgia Marie Blickenstaff; two sons, Fred Blickenstaff and Allen Blickenstaff, both of Royal Center; two daughters, Nancy and Don Taylor, and Shirley and Jim Jackson, all of Royal Center; two sons-in-law, Marion Campbell, Royal Center, and Melvin Shoaf, Lafayette; two stepdaughters, Mildred and Wilbur McVey, Logansport, and Carla Hartman, Benton, Tenn.; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Ada Blickenstaff; two daughters, Joyce Campbell and Janet Shoaf; five brothers, Lloyd, Walter, Albert, Ralph and Carl; four sisters, Mildred, Helen, Joyce and Rosemary; and two grandchildren, Jack Blickenstaff and Shelby Rose Blickenstaff.

Pastor Herb Buss will officiate. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Ever-Rest Memorial Park.

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riley Children's Hospital Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana.

Light a candle of hope in remembrance of Eugene and view his video tribute online at

Family links:
Joyce A Blickenstaff Campbell (1946 - 1977)*

Wilda Aileen Druley Blickenstaff (1918 - 1994)

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Ever Rest Memorial Park
Cass County
Indiana, USA