George Warren BlaksleeJuly 12, 1921 ~ December 18, 2017 (age 96)
George Warren Blakslee, age 96, of Brodhead, WI, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Monroe, WI. He was born on July 12, 1921 in Llanerch, PA, the son of Leigh Wallace and Grace Belle (Lamb) Blakslee. He married Kathleen Peterson on September 16, 1948 in Beirut, Lebanon. She passed away on November 16, 1992. Sometime later, he married Nancy McCormick and became step-father to her seven children.
George received a degree in geology from Penn State, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned as a bombardier. After being trained for combat in B-17's and B-29's, he was headed overseas until ordered to train other bombardiers. After the war, he pursued a career in geology, working in many countries over a 30 year period. Saudi Arabia, Canada, Turkey, the Spanish Sahara, Pakistan, Iran, Algeria and finally Los Angeles, CA. When he retired, he returned to Brodhead to manage the Peterson family farm. For many years, he served on the Board of Adjustment for Green County, was a Supervisor of Decatur Township. He was on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Brodhead. He also held offices in the American Legion Post, Historical Society, Lion's Club, Greenwood Cemetery Board, Decatur Lake Association, Decatur Lake Country Club, Friends of the Library and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, all of Brodhead. His most recent enjoyment was to write his 'Did You Know” articles first in the Brodhead Independent Register and then the Brodhead Free Press. His biographical record was published in
George is survived by his wife Nancy of Brodhead; a son, Warren Leigh (Verna “Sissy”) Blakslee, of Crystal Lake, FL; a daughter, Sharon Lee (Tom) Curtis, of Greendale, WI; six stepchildren, Mary Lou McCormick, Dr. Stuart McCormick, Susan Barbee, Elizabeth Wiessenger, Daniel McCormick and Katherine McCormick; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 21, 2017, at the D.L. Newcomer Funeral Home, Brodhead, WI, with Rev. Peder Johanson officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Brodhead, WI, with military rites. Memorials can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brodhead, WI.
“If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”