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George "Rocky" Blare, 97, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. He was born March 8, 1919, in Gays, Illinois, the son of George Alfred and Fern (Oakes) Blare.
Rocky graduated from Matton High School and then attended Butler University on a football scholarship, before joining the United States Army Air Corp.
He married the love of his life, Barbara Ruth Kelly, on Dec. 21, 1943, at Butler University Chapel. Together they had two children.
Rocky was a manager at Minears and later worked at Aryway. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a trustee for 22 years and was also a member of the American Legion, and ELKS.
Rocky was the rock of his family. His sweet, loving personality was enjoyed by everyone. He had an incredible sense of humor and had attended numerous sporting events for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also had a green thumb for his roses and garden.
Survivors include wife, Barbara Blare; children, Stephen Blare and Susan (Harvey) Peggs; sister, Jean Blaskie; grandchildren, Scott (Teena) Seibel, Sherry (Chris) Woolston, Kelly (Blare) Terrell, Jennifer (Dustin) White, Sonya (Stu) Fontaine, Dr. Cara (Dr. Troy Payner) Peggs, Bryan (Jolinda) Peggs, Joe (Missy) Peggs, and Julia (Mike) Reydell; great-grandchildren, Paul, Emily, Jeffrey, Blare, McKenzie, Bram, Blane, Inara, Kolin, Micah, Madalyn, Brianna, Clayton, Matthew, Julius, Wesley, Mackenzie, Kennedy, Devin, Dillon, Mandy, Drake, Brittany, Greta, and Charlie; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Barbara Shannon and Mary Matheney; son-in-law, Ralph "Bub" Seibel; grandson, Jeffrey Scott Seibel.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from noon until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Robert McAuley will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church or to the Decatur County Family YMCA. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Published on January 17, 2017
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