Blaine (Lisenby) VanWinkle

20 mars 19534 mai 2021

Blaine (Lisenby) VanWinkle

Blaine was born on the first day of Spring, March 20, 1953 to Lorain Lisenby, in Richmond, Indiana. Although Blaine was born in Indiana, a part of him always stayed grounded in his proud Kentucky roots and heritage that he loved.

The first and foremost love of Blaine’s life was Jesus Christ. From a very early age he loved the Lord, felt His call, and remained strong in his faith until he passed into His presence on May 4, 2021. If you met Blaine, he would take the opportunity to ask you “Do you know Jesus?”. Whatever the answer, rest assured there would plenty of conversation over the answer to that question!

Blaine married Cleo (Brockman) Young in 1973 and together, they had three daughters; Stacey Lee (Tad) Schrock, Nita Kay (Paul) Gayheart, and Natisha/Dink (Mike) Ball. Blaine’s love for his daughters was pure and true, and they were the apples of his eye. He married Linda (Alvey) VanWinkle on February 21, 2006 and they shared a wonderful life and partnership together. Blaine loved the outdoors. Camping, fishing, golfing, and being connected with nature was like being at home for him. He taught his daughters to love, embrace, and honor the beauty in these things when they were very young. He enjoyed playing Horse Shoes at his Grandma’s house, and Euchre with anyone willing to pretend he wasn’t cheating a little bit. His bible was always near by and he read from it everyday. He loved to dance, pick the banjo, and strum his guitar.

Blaine will be so missed by everyone that knew him. His simple outlook on life, his passion for Jesus, his humble demeanor, and deep love for those around him, was inspiring.

Blaine was blessed with three sisters; Fonda Wilds, Liberty (Marilyn) Tevis, Tami Blalok, his step-aughters Angie Alvey, Mary Alvey and his many grandchildren that share such endearing stories; Christian (Arielle) Thompson, Harley (Steven) Phillips, Natalie (Jacob) Payeur, Roxanne Schrock, Samantha (Evan) Melching, Alexus Lisenby, Jacob (Lexi) Lisenby, Chandler Newsome, Isaiah (Emily) Cureton, Reagan Cureton, and Riah Heitkamp, Cody Jablonski, Jonathan Jablonski, and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and step-father, George and Lorain Lisenby.

A private family service will be held at the Wilds Cemetery in McKee, Kentucky on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Memorials in Blaine's honor may be directed to the family to assist with funeral expenses c/o Natisha Ball, 6715 Lynvale Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road Fort Wayne, IN 46814.


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Blaine (Lisenby) VanWinkle


Donnie Griffin

7 mai , 2021

I first met Blaine when employed at Wayne Works almost fifty years ago. Blaine was working in the shipping and receiving department and I had just been transferred there. Blaine introduced himself and asked me if I knew Jesus, I said yes and we became Brothers in Christ and best friends forever.
I will see you again my friend.

Rev. Marilyn (Liberty) Tevis

7 mai , 2021


(A Loving Tribute to my Brother, (Blaine Van Winkly), Born March 20th, 1953)

Rest In Peace Little Brother, May 04th, 2021

My 'Little Country Cowboy' is the thought that comes to me
He was the perfect brother, and just as cute as he could be

His little pistols on his hips, his little boots and hat
He hardly ever took them off and you could count on that

With dark brown hair, and eyes to match, underneath those big long lashes
Unique in countless, endless ways, there for sure was just no matches

The largest, warmest smile you'd seen, filled his handsome little face
The things he brought into our world, NO other could replace

He was a GIANT ray of sunshine, in every life he touched
Making others laugh out loud, was the thing he loved SO MUCH

His love of God was HUGE inside, from such an early age
Nothing else could challenge that, and for sure could not be caged

The memories of those times in life in which he played a part
Are so massively a part, of each spot within my beating heart

The years rolled on, life just happened, there were years we spent apart
But the distance was just physical for he was ALWAYS in my heart

There one day came a day in time we were back on Grandma's land
And a PRICELESS, PRECIOUS moment when he grabbed me by the hand

A tree had fallen in the woods, where as kids we'd often played
He held my hand to pull me up, and in my heart that's where we stayed

Captured there, within that moment that was such a GIFT from God
To know now God has pulled him 'UP', to know he's gone is just so odd

But the three AMAZING daughters, that my brother left behind
He will live on in each of them, Gods LIGHT in them SO shines

We'll hold tight to COUNTLESS, bits of him, and we'll NEVER let them go
And until we see him once again, I pray these things he'll SURELY know

Until we meet again someday, my sweet, 'Little Country Cowboy'
I'll be doing what our Bible says,...I'll be, 'COUNTING IT ALL JOY'

Rockie Brock

6 mai , 2021

Blaine and I were at Grandma's house after he got back from Germany while in the service. Grandma had a beautiful horse that I guess was called a paint because it was white with brown patches. Blaine was riding the horse bareback in the front yard and for some reason it reared up. The image of Blaine wearing his uniform on the back of the rearing horse was always indelibly printed on memory when I think of him.
Rest in peace cuz!