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Norman P. Blank, 71, of Grand Island, died June 16, 2010 at Saint Francis
Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday June 22, 2010 at the Peace Lutheran
Church at Columbus, NE. The Reverend Michael Klatt will officiate. There
will be no visitation as Norman’s family is honoring his wish for
cremation. Burial of ashes will be at a later date at the Pine
Lawn Cemetery of Rapid City, SD.
All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is serving the family.
Mr. Blank was born on February 21, 1939 at Madison, NE, the son of
Frank and Amelia (Long) Blank.
Survivors are his memory are wife, Nancy; Children and their spouses,
Sandy and Mike Krei of Norfolk, Kathy and John Steffes of Grand Island,
and Ron and Janine Blank of Hutchinson, KS; brother and sister-in-law,
Don and Lillian Blank of Madison, NE; sister and brother-in-law, Mayme
and Mel Klein of Madison, NE.
Other Survivors include five grand children, Zachary Krei, Jacob and
Dalton Ryba, Caitlin and Amanda Blank; special family member, Ken Ryba
of Grand Island; sister-in-law and her husband, Betty and Ken Woods of
Rapid City, SD.
He was welcomed into heaven by his parents.
Norman grew up at Madison, NE, receiving his education at Madison High
School, graduating in 1956. He served his country in the United
States Air Force from 1956 to 1960.
He was united in marriage to Nancy K. Fravel on November 14, 1959. Following
the military, they stayed in Rapid City, SD where Norman worked for Frontier
Airlines, moving to Columbus, NE in 1967. In 1968 he began working
for Allied Tour and Travel retiring in 1996. From 1996 - 2000 they
owned and operated 7-Mile Mini Mart south of Columbus.
In 2000 the couple retired to the Black Hills. In 2004 they became
fulltime RV’ers. During retirement they enjoyed working with Laborers
for Christ and Habitat for Humanity. In December 2009 the couple
moved back to Grand Island.
Memorials are suggested to Habitat for Humanity or Orphan Grain Train.