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Teague Funeral Home

2260 Ivy RD, Charlottesville, VA

OBITUARY

Dr. Walter Linwood Blankenbaker

March 12, 1929June 5, 2019

Walter Linwood Blankenbaker, born March 12, 1929 in Madison, VA, died June 5, 2019 in Charlottesville. He is survived by his children, Susan Uzzle (husband Robert and step-son Chris), Kim Gotwals (children Emily and Drew), Whit Blankenbaker (partner Sally), and Ann Seivertson. In January, Emily and husband Peter welcomed a son Walter, named after his great grandfather. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 58 years, Edwina Wright Blankenbaker.

From his first job as a soda jerk at Grymes Drugstore in Orange, VA, Walter knew he wanted to be a doctor. He saw the promise of the GI Bill, coaxing his mother’s signature to join the Navy at 17. After his Naval service, he attended UVa for undergraduate and medical school; he lived on the storied UVa Range during part of his time there. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a member of the Raven Society, Phi Chi medical fraternity, and Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. His most impressive award during that time, however, was winning the heart of Edwina. They married in 1954 and started a family shortly thereafter. As a general practitioner in Louisa, VA, he delivered many babies, stitched up many wounds, and calmed many nervous mothers. Ready for a new challenge, he began an anesthesiology residency at UVa. Only as adults did his children realize how brave this effort was, particularly with four of us in tow! He practiced at UVa hospital and concluded his career in private practice at Martha Jefferson Hospital. He served as President of the Southern Society of Anesthesiologists and was a delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was most proud of being able to help so many people throughout his practice.

Walter was a Mr. Fix-It at home and a skilled woodworker; his children are proud of the furniture he made for them from a cherry tree in the backyard. He served on the boards of several community organizations, including Hospice of the Piedmont and the Senior Center. He also served as a deacon at Broadus Memorial Baptist Church. He was thankful for the opportunity to travel abroad with Edwina after retirement and enjoy their second home on Indian Creek in Kilmarnock, VA, although it must be noted that Edwina was the better fisherman. By example, he taught his children to take responsibility seriously, use brain before brawn, measure twice and cut once, and that everything is a trade-off so think it through. Above all, Walter loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and cat Abby.

The family is grateful for the outstanding care he received in the past several weeks at Martha Jefferson Hospital, The Laurels Rehab Center, and UVa Hospital. Physicians, nurses, and aides all remarked what a sweet man he was. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Martha Jefferson Foundation or Hospice of the Piedmont are welcomed. Burial will be private. Condolences may be sent to the family at teaguefuneralhome.com or to the home.

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Peter Thompson

June 20, 2019

Walter had just started on the Senior Center Board of Directors when I was hired in 1999. His generosity of spirit and steady confident hand were vital to managing the transition. He had been assigned to committees relating to philanthropy and financing but when I got to know him and asked where he felt he could be most useful to The Center, he asked to be on the building and grounds committee, noting 'I'm the grandfather who shows up at the family homes with my toolbox, ready to fix things.' And for years, in addition to his governing director role, he was Mr. Fix it around The Center. I always enjoyed visiting him and Edwina at their lovely home, as I lived nearby in Ivy. Both the Blankenbakers were always warm and welcoming and helped mentor me in countless ways. I'm forever grateful for their friendship and service. A photo from a 2011 board reunion is attached.

Kelly Bruton

June 19, 2019

Ann, please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you lots of hugs!

Kelly, Eric, & Nolan Bruton

Mary Winkler

June 18, 2019

We were neighbors in Woodbrook then co-workers at MJH. Dr Blankenbaker was a true gentleman and kind soul.

Deanna Kirby

June 15, 2019

I will always remember Walter's smile and helping us when Edwina and I worked together on the Decorating Team ,along with Loraine Downer for years. He would give his input inspection on the floral arrangements,etc.
I wish to share the love both of them shares with me at Broadus Memorial Baptist church for so many year.
May God Give you peace and wonderful remembrance of both of them together ,and now together at last.
Deanna Kirby

Irving Herndon

June 15, 2019

Susan, Kim, Ann & Whit:

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. If I can be of any help please let me know.

Irving & Jr.

Ed Morris, Jr

June 14, 2019

Remember all to well your dad sewing me up, hunting groundhogs, patching me up after football injuries and your mom and dad being great friends of the Morris family. Remember the afternoon that my dad died and your father was there and we cried together. Your dad was truly a great person and a great friend.
Butch

Marjorie Shifflett

June 14, 2019

What a wonderful gentleman! Enjoyed working with him a long time at MJH.

Frank Phillips M.D.

June 14, 2019

Wonderful mentor, wonderful colleague, wonderful man!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY