Milton Blackwell

Milton Delmar “Squeech” Blackwell, 93, Leslie, died Thursday, April 19, 2018, at The Arbors at South Pointe in Washington.

He was born Sept. 14, 1924, to John and Alice (Childers) Blackwell at Shotwell, near Gerald.

He was united in marriage to Bonnie Lee Fritzemeyer, May 19, 1951, at St. Paul’s UCC in Gerald.

Squeech served in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant during WWII from 1944 to 1946. He was a farmer and worked with brother, Ervin Blackwell at Pleasant View Hatchery in Gerald. He was a member of VFW Post 6133 and St. Paul’s UCC.

He was preceded in death by parents; wife, Bonnie Lee Fritzemeyer; brothers, Ervin, Earl and Milford Blackwell; and sister, Mildred Venneri.

He is survived by brothers-in-law, Edward Fritzemeyer and wife Janice of Leslie and Ervin Fritzemeyer and wife Karen of Gerald; sisters-in-law, Loretta Schroeder and Doris Fritzemeyer, both of Gerald; half-brother, Bill Blackwell; half-sisters, Margie Moise and Ruth Ann Rhea; nieces and nephews, John Venneri, Dean Blackwell, Janet Garber, Kim LaBoube, Rafe Fritzemeyer, Brandy Fritzemeyer and Chas Fritzemeyer.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 27, from 4-8 p.m. at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Gerald with a VFW service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s U.C.C. in Gerald with Pastor Glenn Hollander officiating. He will be buried with full military honors in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Gerald.

Memorial contributions suggested to St. Paul’s Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Gottenstroeter Funeral Home, Gerald.