Byron “Barney” Blankenbaker, age 85, a resident of Pennville, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Persimmon Ridge in Portland.
Barney was born on January 30, 1937, in rural Jay County, the son of O.B. “Bill” and Cornelia (Fenton) Blankenbaker. He graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Barney worked for Fenters Boneless Beef in Pennville for 24 years and managed The Meadows Apartments in Pennville. He co-owned Blankenbakers Corner Store and CB&C Pizza in Pennville for 33 years.
Barney was a talented artist and woodworker. He enjoyed hunting, western movies, collecting and swapping stories with others.
His children: Barry Blankenbaker – Pennville, Indiana
Dean Blankenbaker – Bakersfield, California
Rita Dunn (husband Dr. Tom) – Portland, Indiana
Ty Blankenbaker (wife Teigha) – Marietta, Georgia
Grandchildren: Dr. Caitlin Dunn-Fletcher (husband Dr. Jon) – Dallas, Texas
Thomas “Trey” Dunn III (wife Jacquelyn) – Indianapolis, Indiana
Trevor Blankenbaker - Pennville, Indiana
Alexander Dunn – Whitsett, North Carolina
Catherine Dunn – Carbondale, Illinois
Claudia Blankenbaker – Marietta, Georgia
Claire Blankenbaker – Marietta, Georgia
Lucas Blankenbaker – Marietta, Georgia
Nephews: Doug Blankenbaker and John Blankenbaker (wife Jackie)
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill Blankenbaker and sister-in-law MariLynn Blankenbaker.
Private graveside services will be held on Friday at Dunkirk IOOF Cemetery in Dunkirk, Indiana.
Memorials may be directed towards Pennville Community Center.
Arrangements entrusted to Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland.
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