OBITUARY

Homer Harrison Blass Jr.

March 16, 1940July 27, 2013

Homer Harrison Blass, Jr., 73, of Lynchburg celebrated his first day in his heavenly home on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

He was born March 16, 1940 in Independence, Kansas the only child of the late Homer H. Blass, Sr., a linotype setter who instilled in Homer a love of the printed word and the ethics of hardwork and loyalty, and the late Clara Thompson Blass who instilled the qualities of honesty and caring for others.

Homer professed his faith in Christ and was baptized at an early age. He was always an active member in a local body of believers and was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. As a youth, he was active in Boy Scouts where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country award. Homer’s junior high school history teacher used her own funds to create learning centers that peaked his passion in history.

He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Tulsa, his M.A. degree from the University of Illinois and his PhD from the University of Missouri. His greatest joy in life was passing on his knowledge to others. He was first an assistant professor of History at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO., from 1966 – 1983 and served as an Associate Professor of History at Liberty University since 1983. He professionally published over 30 articles and contributed book reviews in several journals. He attended a summer session in Military history at West Point.

He was an ardent bibliophile who integrated his learning with an encyclopedic recall of information at a depth that was remarkable.

Homer was a loving husband and devoted father; he is survived by his wife Linda L. Blass. They were married in Johnstown, PA, December 20, 1975 and is also survived by his son, Scott Christopher Blass, born July 5, 1980. Being an only child, he enjoyed being a part of the large family he married into.

A service celebrating his life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Thomas Road Baptist Church with Rev. Matt Willmington officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Liberty University library, Gleaning for the World or the American Cancer Society.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 1, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Homer Harrison Blass Jr.

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Bill Williams

December 6, 2013

My name is bill J williams from Lebanon Mo and I was a student of Dr. Blass's at Southwest Baptist College. He taught me so much about History and also being a lover of Books and he was a true friend when I was down; also James Bybee another student at swbc and myself send our condolences for Dr. Blass was a true friend and one of the finest Professor's we had.

Peter Hall

August 2, 2013

Linda and Scott, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Dr. Blass was my advisor, teacher, and fellow historian. May the Lord comfort you until you see him again, perfected and healthy at the feet of his Saviour.

Sandra Slayton

August 2, 2013

My dad died last year. My heart goes out to you, Linda and Scott.

When I arrived at Liberty in 1999 my office was one hallway down from Homers office. I had occasion to ask him for help on a graduate research paper. He offered a copy of the book that I needed with illustrations of the revolutionary war battle of the Brandywine by N. C. Wyeth. I followed him to his office, which was a maze of books. To my surprise within a few minutes he produced the book I needed.

I will always remember Homer's smiling face even in times of difficulty in his mobility for the last few years. What an inspiration to us all.

God bless you both.

Harlie Gallatin

August 1, 2013

Linda and Scott, Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you in this time.
Harlie Kay and Nancy Gallatin
825 E. Colgate, Bolivar, MO 65613

Dee ADKINS

August 1, 2013

Linda- So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and Scotty

Chip Patterson

August 1, 2013

Dr. Blass was one of my professors a number of years ago. He trully enriched my life not only in the class room , but also outside of it. I have always thought the world of him and will miss him very much. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing his life with me.

Tamara Robertson

August 1, 2013

Linda & Scott, So terribly sorry for your loss. I am sure you have found peace in knowing Homer is free from illness and pain. My thoughts & prayers are with you and I pray God bless and comfort you in your grief.

Tamara Robertson

Beverly Mahoney

July 31, 2013

Dr. Blass was a Godly, caring, and courageous man. It was a blessing to know him. So many held him in high regard and he will be dearly missed.
Bev Mahoney

July 31, 2013

It was such a great privilege to get to know Homer over the last few years. He was a brilliant scholar and a genuinely good man. We were so gratified that our son was able to take him last fall, which turned out to be Homer's final term at LU. We know he endured a number of health difficulties at the end, and it's comforting to know that his suffering is over. The loss is ours, not his. We look forward to seeing him again, and in the meantime, his wife and son are in our prayers.

David and Marybeth Baggett

Stefan and Leah Forcey

July 31, 2013

Thanks for everything, Dr. Blass, and family too. From second grade Sunday school to honors history courses, great memories. Some of my favorite and most memorable undergrad research were those challenging papers! I will be looking for some good books to read in your memory.