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William "Bill" Lester Blank, Jr., 83, of Cumberland, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born March 29, 1934, in Mount Savage, Mr. Blank was the son of the late William Lester Blank Sr., and Lillian Viola (Michaels) Blank. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law: Forrest Long.
A graduate of Beall High School, Class of 1953, Bill was a United States Army Veteran from 1954-1957, where he was a Specialist Third Class and was stationed in Bamberg, Germany, in the First Division.
In 1957, Bill began working for Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company as a glasscutter and retired in 1990. He was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish and the Cumberland Outdoor Club. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending his grandsons sporting events. He was also a very devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara (Tyree) Blank; his son, Daniel Blank and wife, Cynthia, Mount Savage; and his daughter, Cathy (Blank) Long, Rancho Murieta, Calif. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Brandon Blank and wife, Mindy, Frostburg, and Austin Blank, Mount Savage; and his great grandson, Maxton Blank. Bill also leaves behind his sisters, Margaret "Betty" Mulligan, Mount Savage, and Judith "Judy" Burford, LaVale; a special friend, Hank; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, Md, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Interment will be in the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap.
Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Post #13 Veterans Honor Guard.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Zaman and his office staff, the Sixth Floor Nursing Staff at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, and the staff at the Schwab Family Cancer Center for
all the care and compassion given to Bill.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, c/o: Saint Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box #100, Dept. #142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Published on December 6, 2017
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