Marty L. Blankenbeker

Born: Sat., Feb. 23, 1957
Died: Fri., Oct. 3, 2014


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 08, 2014
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Twilight Funeral Service

7:00 PM Wed., Oct. 08, 2014
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mr. Marty L. Blankenbeker, age 57, of Robinson, IL, died Friday October 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM at his residence in Robinson, IL, following a brief period of illness.

Born February 23, 2014 in Sullivan, Indiana he was the son of Loyal D. “Rusty” and Oca Arlene (Knecht) Blankenbeker.  

Marty worked at Marathon Refinery in Robinson, in the Catalytic Cracking Unit as Chief Operator and Console Operator.  He was a member of the Porterville Congregational Christian Church; B.P.O. Elks #1188, Robinson, IL; Eastern Illinois Sportsman’s Club and AF & AM #250, Robinson Masonic Lodge, Robinson, IL.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Travis and Jennifer Utterback, Robinson, IL; Kyle Blankenbeker, Lawrenceville, IL; daughter and son-in-law, Jandi and Danny Cravens; brothers, Timothy Blankenbeker, Robinson, IL; Scott Blankenbeker, Robinson, IL; sisters & brother-in-law, Nancy Stewart, Robinson, IL; Christeen and Brad Gurley, Robinson, IL; grandchildren, Lane and Madison Utterback; Dylan Cravens and Lillian Blankenbeker along with several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother-in-law, David Stewart; sister-in-law, Janice Blankenbeker.

Twilight funeral service will be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday October 8, 2014 at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL with Pastor Billie Ray Ulrey officiating.  Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until the time of services at 7:00 pm. Masonic funeral rites will be accorded immediately preceding the funeral and the Elks Memorial Service will follow funeral services. Those wishing to do so may make memorial contributions to the Elks Christmas Basket Fund or the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children in Marty’s memory.

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Mike Bachelor
   Posted Mon October 06, 2014
Marty was affectionatly know as "Uncle Mert" for many years at Marathon. He was dedicated to his job and more importantly to the people he worked with. Marty had a heart that was at least as big as him. I worked with him for 28 years and was proud to do so. He will be missed!

Linda Webb (Mooney)
   Posted Mon October 06, 2014
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Linda

Dan Shulaw
   Posted Mon October 06, 2014
My deepest and sincerest condolences and prayers for Marty's family. Marty, you will be missed.

Brenda/Jim Wolfe
   Posted Tue October 07, 2014
Our deepest condolences in the loss of Marty. May God touch you all during this difficult time.

Janis Brigham
   Posted Tue October 07, 2014
On behalf of the Brigham family, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers to Marty's family. Marty had a big heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. We enjoyed many Sunday afternoons together and he will remain forever in the hearts of those lucky enough to know him.

Don Dix
   Posted Wed October 08, 2014
Words cannot convey the sorrow I felt when I heard of Marty’s passing. He was such great man. It had been several years since I had seen him last but I remember the smile on his face. Time and distance can be an incredible foe to a friendship and I had lost touch of him. I remember the High School days when we baled hay all summer long and even in between two a day football practices. I can’t begin to count the thousands of bales that we put in hot dusty barns, but working with Marty always made it better. One year he got me a job helping build grain bins, getting up early Saturday morning usually after a Friday night football game. I recall talking about the aches and pains and re-living the game as we bolted rings of shiny steel together to construct the bin. Now too soon he has gone to his well earned rest where there is no pain or sorrow only peace. Marty, you will be missed.

Jody (McIntosh) Haynes
   Posted Wed October 08, 2014
Scott & Marty's Family,

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Marty was a great guy!


   Posted Wed October 08, 2014
To Marty's family: We are so sorry to hear of Marty's passing. Seems very hard to believe and difficult for us to accept. We are thinking of all of you and will miss Marty as much as we miss Jan too. Praying for you all as well.

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