VeteranHomer Blodgett

Homer BlodgettHomer Eugene “Gene” Blodgett, 86, of Rushville died at 8:38 p.m. April 29, 2010, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born March 11, 1924, in Frederick, a son of Harmon and Laura Mae Carter Blodgett.

Surviving are several cousins.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Edward, Durward E. and Harmon E. “Junior” Blodgett; and two sisters, Margaret and Ada Blodgett.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and served with the 10th Infantry Division fighting in the Apennines Mountains of Italy in the Po River Valley. He was wounded in action on April 23, 1945, and spent 17 months in an Army Hospital in Missouri, where doctors reconstructed his arm. In April 2010, he received medals for sharpshooter for the carbine, marksman for the rifle, good conduct medal and a purple heart.

He worked on the farms of Ezra Wenger and Maurice Ross. He also was a carpenter for Robert Travis. He and his brother Harmon operated a lawn service in Rushville for many years.

Graveside services were held Tuesday at Messerer Cemetery near Frederick with Rev. Rosalee Ross officiating. Military rites were conducted by the U.S. Army and Schuyler County American Legion Post #4. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Rushville Veterans Memorial.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/5/2010