Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM at Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home
Richard L. "Frog" Blakeman, 80, of Mechanicsburg, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in his home.
He was born June 6, 1939, in South Solon, Ohio to the late Herman Sr. and Maxine (Frances) Blakeman.
Frog served his country in the United States Army, 3 years in Germany with Company B, 1st Battalion,11th Division. He retired after 30-years with International Harvester. Frog coached Mechanicsburg Little League football and baseball and was a Mechanicsburg Athletic Booster. He also filmed high school football games. Frog enjoyed motorcycles, never met a stranger and was known as "Mr. Fix-it". His grandchildren referred to him affectionately as "Papaw Fix-it".
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Helen Candace (Rutan) Blakeman; sons Chris (Sheryl), Scott (Kelly) and Tony (Tina). Grandchildren Mallory, Hannah, Christina, Jacob and Joshua; brothers-in-law Bud Moore, Roger Rutan and Carl Rutan; sisters-in-law Grace Blakeman and Jane (Rutan) Fitch; nieces and nephews, Kim, Eugene, Pam, Cheryl, Sue, Kenny, Billie, Dixie, Terry, Vickie, Mickey, Kathy, Diana, Kathy, Joni Kay, Melissa, Roger Jr., Betsy and Terri Lynn; special extended family Pam (Bob) Rutan, Shannon (Heath) Taylor, Kendall and Blake Rausch; Susan (Keith), Jeff and Amanda Rutan.
He is preceded in death by his parents Herman and Maxine; brother, Herman Jr.; sisters, Joanna "Sis" (Richard) Colwell, Ruth Ann Moore and Jean (Norman) Harrington; nephew Richard Colwell and niece Sandra (Moore) Padin.
Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 238 Mechanicsburg at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the SKILLMAN, McDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg where a gathering of family and friends will follow until 7:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Speaks.org and the Mechanicsburg Library, 60 South Main Street, Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.vernonfh.com
Dawn Toops Beattie - Aug 6, 2019
My thoughts are with the family today as you celebrate and remember Frog.
Caryn Castle - Aug 6, 2019
Oh Helen, I am so sorry for your family's loss. You know we loved Frog. He was such a special man. We know that he and Rex are playing poker again in heaven.
Cindy Anderson - Aug 5, 2019
Hugs and prayers to the family.
Susie (Cantrell) and Mac McKellop - Aug 5, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Frog’s passing. Prayers for the Blakeman family.
Dave Michael - Aug 5, 2019
Thoughts and prayers from North Carolina. So many great memories!
Lowell and Barbara Sherman - Aug 5, 2019
We are praying for your family, so sorry for your loss.
Joe and Julie Edwards - Aug 5, 2019
So sorry to about Frog. Thoughts and prayers to the family
Henry D. Zimmerman - Aug 5, 2019
"My Thought's & Prayer's" go out to Helen & the Son's so Sorry to hear about your loss.Frog was a Good-Man who will be missed by many Family & Friend.May you be at R.I.H. Frog.Ya-Friend Zimmie
Bob and Roberta (Arthur) Timmons - Aug 4, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers for your family.
Tom and Brenda Franz - Aug 3, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Helen and for your family.
Gary and Linda Salyers - Aug 3, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I am sure he will be missed by all of you.
Brian Latham - Aug 3, 2019
Dear Tony & the rest of the family I’m so sorry for your loss. The one year I played football with Tony he was always doing as much as he could helping out with the team. He also had a wealth of information about the team we were playing & what certain player to look out for. And of course him living just up the road from me growing up I would always see him out. Once again my deepest condolences & May God be with you in your time of need. God Bless. Brian & Amy Latham.
Mo - Aug 2, 2019
So sorry for ur loss..so many great memories with Frog growing up...
Julie & Mike - Aug 2, 2019
Sending prayers for strength and comfort and lots of love to you all. 🙏🏻💜
Mike Place - Aug 2, 2019
Scott , sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Gregg & Cyn Marsh - Aug 2, 2019
Truly sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories.
Randy Lincicome and Joyce Lincicome Grove City, Ohio - Aug 2, 2019
To the Blakeman Family, sorry to read of your loss. Your family are in our prayers. Burg Nation lost a good man.