Blezinger Funeral services for Eldie Blezinger, 87, of New Ulm were held at 2 p.m., Sunday Nov. 11, 2007 at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed in the Pilgrimıs Rest Cemetery in Industry. Eldie Arthur Blezinger was born Feb. 16, 1920 in Industry the son of Fredric and Johanna (Schultz) Blezinger. Eldie was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army First Infantry Division (Big Red One) from 1940-45. Mr. Blezinger actively fought in numerous campaigns in Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily and Northern France. He participated in the Normandy Beach Invasion on D-Day. He was also awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in action. Mr. Blezinger left the Army and returned to Industry in 1945 after being Honorably Discharged. He married Earline Luedeker Sept. 21, 1946 in New Ulm. He was a farmer, rancher and painting contractor. He was a member of the Shelby American Legion and St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Eldie passed away Wednesday Nov. 7, 2007 at the Columbus Community Hospital at the age of 87 years, 8 months, 21 days. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Herbert Blezinger, Werner Blezinger, Norbert Blezinger, Manfred Blezinger; sisters, Ora Blezinger, Ada Blezinger Meyer, Hertha Blezinger Peschel. Survivors include: Son Stephen Boyd Blezinger and wife Linda; grandchildren, Andrew Boyd Blezinger, Shelby Jayne Blezinger, Kasey Loren Blezinger all of Sulphur Springs; sister Annie Lee Peschel of Industry. Pallbearers for Mr. Blezinger were: Dennis Peschel, Terry Giese, Scott Blezinger, Jamie Marek, Mark Mewis and Russell Wait. In lieu of usual remembrances memorials may be made to the First Infantry Division Foundation, 1933 Morris Rd., Blue Bell, PA 19422 or the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077. Arrangements by Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange.
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