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Howard Blank

October 5, 1934 — December 18, 2022

Howard Franklin Blank, age 88, of Ripon, WI, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at his home.

Howard was born in Ixonia, WI on October 5, 1934, son of Ernst and Ida (Mueller) Blank. His parents passed away when he was 9 years old, and then he was raised by Gus and Ella Hurley in Berlin, WI. Howard graduated from Berlin High School in 1953, and went on to serve our country in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. On June 15, 1957 he married Veronica Helmuth at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Berlin, WI. Howard worked at Speed Queen in Ripon, WI for 42 years, and was a member of Local 1327 Union as a Trustee for several years. He also was a devoted member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ripon. Howard retired in 1996 and moved to Rosholt, WI, where he and Veronica lived for over 20 years before moving back to Ripon.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Veronica Blank; children: Daniel Blank, Lynda (David) Petska and Brenda (Clay) Augsburger; grandchildren: Dana (Jeremy) Petrick, Douglas (Tracy) Blank, Danielle Blank, Angela (Dan) Thoma, Jessica Resop, Jonathan Resop, Joshua Resop, Nicholle Resop, Raymond Petska, Danielle (Dylan) Petska, Stephanie Brey and Stacey Brey; and 16 great grandchildren. Howard was proceeded in death by his son Howard Dean Blank; sisters: Iris Platt, Leila Klauser, Sylvia Krause, Doris Wallace; and brother Melvin Blank.

Visitation for Howard will be held from 10:00 - 11:00 am on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 228 Blossom St., Ripon, WI 54971.

Mass of Christian Burial for Howard will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ripon, with Fr. Jim Leary, OFM Cap officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery, Town of Rushford, WI, with a Final Salute and Military Honors. A memorial is being established in his name.
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