Glen E Blakeman
Memorial services for Glen Eugene Blakeman, 82, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Concelebrating will be Reverend David Korth and Msgr. Ralph Steffensmeier. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Home for Funerals.
Mr. Blakeman died at his home on July 4, 2014.
Glen was born August 6, 1931, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Kenneth and LaVerne (Carroll) Blakeman. He moved with his family to Norfolk graduating from Norfolk High School in 1949 where he was a standout athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He attended Norfolk Junior College where he was a member of the Norfolk Junior College basketball team who gained a berth in the National Junior College tournament in 1951. Later he joined the Air Force where he was stationed in Landstuhl, Germany, where he served in the 86th Fighter Bomber Wing. He was a member of the all Air Force baseball championship team and a member of the USAF Baseball European Champion team.
Glen attended Wayne State College graduating with a degree in secondary education. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher and basketball coach in Herman, NE. His basketball teams participated in the finals of Nebraska State Basketball tournaments and were runners up in Class D in 1963 and 1964.
In addition to teaching, he continued his career in officiating football and basketball which lasted 46 years. His partner was Jerry Neely. They mentored many young officials in Northeast Nebraska.
In 1964 he became a member of the Professional Golf Association where teaching golf was his passion. It took him to all parts of the United States, Hong Kong, China and Macaw.
Glen enjoyed attending major sporting events: the Masters, the Final Four, the Super Bowl, the World Series and the World Bowl. He attended and supported the local middle school, junior high, high school and college games, becoming an advocate of the athletes and coaches. He was a life member of the PGA, Elks, Legion, VFW, Norfolk Country Club, and the YMCA.
Glen married Marlene (Niebur) at Sacred Heart Church and they had two sons, Brad and Clete. Glen is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and LaVerne.
He is survived by: his wife, Marlene; two sons, Brad and Clete (Katie); 3 grandchildren; brother, Gary (Sumter, SC) and many nephew, nieces, and cousins.
"I've had great experiences and fulfilled a lot of my dreams and then some. I felt surrounded by my family's love at all times." Glen Blakeman