Walter Judson “Judd” Blinn Jr., 85

Walter Judson “Judd” Blinn Jr., 85, of Slippery Rock Township passed away peacefully at his residence on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Born May 1, 1935 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Walter Judson and Jessie Ardella Smith Blinn. He was married to Marilyn Howell Blinn for 58 years. They were married in August,1962.

Judd retired from Shenango High School in 1992 after 35 years, where he taught 7th and 8th grade general science. His first year of teaching was with the New Brighton School District. He was a former member of the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church. He was a current member of Harmony Baptist Church, where he served as a former deacon and taught Sunday School. Judd formerly was a member of the Gideons International, served on the Laurel School Board, Portersville Steam Show Board, and the Lawrence County Fair Board. He was a former member of the National Guard.

Although he enjoyed working with young people as a teacher, at his heart he was a farmer. He used to joke that farming was his version of ā€œplaying golf.ā€ He bred cattle with his father, and both also shared a love of horses and had raised Shetland ponies. It was rare to catch him without a smile, and he was quick to help anyone in need. But above all, Judd loved God and his family, in that order.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn, two daughters, Elizabeth Ardelle Blinn of Franklin, TN; Amy Sue (William) Gartley of Hopewell; two sons, Walter Judson “Jay” Blinn, III of Slippery Rock Township, Matthew W. (Shanna) Blinn of Slippery Rock Township; six grandchildren, Grace, Faith, and Jake Gartley, and Ella, Benson, and Jesse Blinn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Donna Jane Krepps.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday December 10, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.

Visitation will also be held at the Harmony Baptist Church on December 11, 2020 from 11:00 until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 pm. His Pastor Jeff MacKay will officiate.

Interment will follow in Harmony Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Gideons International or Harmony Baptist Church.

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14 thoughts on “Walter Judson “Judd” Blinn Jr., 85

  1. I am praying for everyone of you. So proud of each of you for how you honored Judd and took xare of him to the end. Wish we xould have been with you, but in heart i am.

  2. Dear Marilyn, Jay, Matt, Beth and Amy, What a wonderful man and so many fond memories. May God be there with waiting arms. Boots

  3. Praying for strength at this time for the entire family.
    Judd was a special man with the biggest kindest heart which reflected in his smile. (Never saw him without that smile).
    God has taken His faithful servant home to be with Him but granted us such lovely memories to keep in our hearts till we meet again.
    Much love, Debbie LeVan Swift

  4. MR. BLINN he was definitely a man i will always remember. I had him in school in 1968. I graduated in 73 and absolutely thought so much of him. Please Father God give Mr. BLINNS family strength and love

    Elaine Pardick Fallat

  5. I had the privilege of having Me. Blinn as my teacher at Shenango High School. He was a great teacher & an excellent role model. I was privileged to keep close to him in later years, and he was always never without a compliment of some sort. God Bless him, his family, & all of the students he directed in the proper direction!!!

  6. Deepest sympathies to the entire Blinn family. I don’t have 1 memory of him without a smile on his face. I am sure he heard the words “well done”. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days to come. -Kim (Atkins) & Seth Hill.

  7. Marilyn…Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers…Judd was a wonderful man and we certainly enjoyed our time spent with the Blinns at NSPC.

  8. Praying for comfort for the Blinn family and friends. I’m honored to have met him and remember the wonderful smile on his face and his gentle, kind eyes. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Dear Mrs Blinn,Beth, Jay, Amy and Matt,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember how friendly your dad was to everyone and he had such a great smile. I know he was a great dad by how well all of you turned out. I will be praying that God gives you comfort.

    Alorah Swansiger

  10. Dearest cousins Marilyn, Jay, Matt, Beth and Amy,

    My deepest condolences to you. I still have fond memories of visiting Aunt Lib and seeing all of you. It’s been several decades, but I can see Judd’s welcoming smile like it was yesterday.

    May your memories of him always bring a smile to your heart.

    Much love,
    David Oberpriller

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