Ricky L. Blaskowitz, 48, of Second St., Ellwood City passed away unexpectedly at work on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Born October 5, 1969 in Sharon, he was the son of Dennis and Emma L. Lutz Blaskowitz of Ellwood City.
Ricky graduated from Lincoln High School in 1987 where he was a member of the football team. He was a member of the Local 373 Laborer’s Union in Pittsburgh. For many years, Ricky served as the Union Steward. He was a Veteran of the Navy, serving four years during Desert Storm aboard the USS Sampson. He was a member of the Saxon Club in Ellwood City. Ricky was a sports enthusiast, he enjoyed watching and playing hockey, football and golf. He also enjoyed time spent with his Yellow Lab, “Sam”.
In addition to his parents, survivors include two sons, Brett M. Blaskowitz of Ellwood City, Justin G. Allen of Butler; grandmother, Hilda Blaskowitz of Beaver Falls; sister, Marcy Jo Blaskowitz of Ellwood City; brother, Timothy J. (Cristin) Blaskowitz of Puyallup, WA; and a nephew and niece , Jacob and Molly Blaskowitz. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frank J. Blaskowitz; his maternal grandparents, John and Lorena Lutz; and an aunt, Erma Lutz.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday November 17 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 11 am. Pastor Dave McQuaid of the First Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery. Military rites will be offered by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.
You have my deepest sympathy! I graduated with Ricky, he has touched so many! He could always make you smile and turn your day around. He was too young and too good of person to be taken from us so soon. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel! RIP my dear friend until we meet again. Prayers to the Blaskiowitz family! Sincerely,
Rick you will be So Very Missed! We are numb, you truly are one of the Great Ones! We really were blessed to have had you in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and the many friends you left behind. Watch over us and enjoy those wings! Heaven gained an Angel that we all will miss..till we meet again my friend. God Bless Rick, love and miss you.
Denny, Emma & Family,
My heart breaks over your loss of Ricky. Always got a giant hug when he saw us at Lions. And that Smile! Sorry we can’t be at services.
You are all in our prayers.
Sue & Jim Westlund
Rick and I always talked about the Steelers and his time at work setting up Heinz field for the Winter Classic. He was a genuine guy and a lot of fun to be around. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May his soul rest in heaven..
Dennis, Emma and Family,
Our hearts are broken over the loss of Rick. He was a wonderful man and it shows by all those touched by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Jeniffer & Randy LoFaso
I graduated with Rick he was always such a sweet guy. It hurts me to know this news and I live so far away that I can’t make it there. My heart breaks. You are all in my prayers.
My phone sits quietly all day just waiting for your daily message. I told you how many times that job was going to kill you! You know I love to be right but this time I would love to be wrong. You always saw the good in people. I never understood how you did that. Your friendship never wavered. Once you took someone into your heart as your friend that is where they stayed – no matter what. I know how much you missed your grandmother so I hope you two are somewhere together. I love you my friend and I will never forget you.
Emma, Denny, Marcy, and Tim,
We were shocked and saddened to hear about Ricky. He was always such a great person and he will be sorely missed. We won’t be able to make the service but know that our hearts and thoughts go out to all of you in this terrible time.
With love always,
Shane, Sandra, Autumn, and Kassie Biego
Neighbors Emma and Dennis: I cannot express in words how deeply sorry Bob and I are. A child is never to go before a parent. May God give you both courage to get through this. Our deepest sympathy to you and family. Bob and Phyllis Foley
My deepest sympathy. May god help guide you all during this difficult time.
The Rhines Family