William R. Blankenbaker

March 2, 1919March 28, 2014

William Russell Blankenbaker passed away peacefully on March 28, 2014. Born March 2, 1919 in Culpeper, VA, he was the son of the late Owen Pierce Blankenbaker and Edith Forbes Blankenbaker. With the exception of serving in the United States Marine Corp, Bill lived his whole life in Culpeper, farming with his dad and later retiring after a long career with the Culpeper Post Office. Well known for his fruit cakes, he loved to cook, loved his flowers and plants and most of all loved his family. He was married to Dorothy P. Blankenbaker who passed March 22, 2012. He is survived by a son, William R. (Rusty) Blankenbaker, Jr., a daughter, Kimberly B. Graham and two grandsons, Robert (Trey) Graham, III and Jonathan P. Graham, of whom he was most proud. Other survivors include a nephew, Woodrow (Woody) White of Harrisonburg, VA and three nieces, Cathy Oxley, Missy Kilday and Penny Smith of Texas. The family would especially like to thank Mary Rohrer, Kelly, Rachel, Sue and Sylvia of Mary’s Place for providing exceptional Christian care, respect and love to him the last couple months of his life. It was a joy being part of their family. Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Culpeper United Methodist Church with Pastor Randy Orndorff conducting the service. Interment will be in the Culpeper National Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions can be made to Culpeper United Methodist Church Music Department, 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701 or to the Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. 1715, Culpeper, VA 22701. Condolences may be given at Arrangements have been entrusted to the Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701.



  • Memorial Service Thursday, April 3, 2014


  • Interment in Culpeper National Cemetery with Military Honors, Interment in Culpeper National Cemetery with Military Honors

William R. Blankenbaker

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April 3, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Judy Sofranko

April 2, 2014

We are sorry for the loss, Our prayers are with you. - Jack & Roger %Dick C. Weaver

sheila bernard

April 2, 2014

Kim, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 2, 2014

Dear Kim and Rusty,
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing and that's exactly what it is. He passed through this life on earth and is now into that great kingdom with many of his friends and family. My brother Frank was very fond of your Dad and now they are together in heaven.
I will not be able to attend the memorial service due to taking elderly neighbors to UVA Thursday morning.
I can remember many times as a young child seeing your dad and granddad around Culpeper. Your mom was the daughter of Mr. Forbes,who owned our farm where I grew up in the '40's and '50's and now is the shopping center. It's hard to realize how Culpeper has changed but we can be proud that people like your dad and mom were able to mold our community . May the Lord continue to bless you and both and your children through these trying times.
Morris and Carryl Peters

Gloria Harper

March 31, 2014

Dear Kim and Rusty,
I am truly sorry for the loss of your father. He was a very kind and caring soul. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.