George "Curtis" Blackler, 94, of Hannibal, Mo. passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Luther Manor Retirement & Nursing Center in Hannibal.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial with full military honors provided by the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post 55 will be in the Grand View Burial Park.
Visitation will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday until the time of the service at the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
Curtis was born on February 14, 1923, in Hannibal, Mo. the son of Wm. Thomas and Elizabeth Waller Blackler.
He was united in marriage to Bessie Clark on September 24, 1941. In 2016 the Blackler's celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie of the home; four sons and grandchildren, Wm. Curtis Blackler and wife Kathy of Tulsa, Ok. and children, Michelle Constable (Scott), Brian Blackler, Kimberly Tomanek (Jason), and Katie Blackler. Robert Blackler and wife Sarah of Dexter, Mo. and children, Brandi Schwartz (Nathan) and Vicki Craft (Brad). David Blackler of San Diego, Ca. and children, Jon Blackler (Shannon Munrow) and Alissa Blackler (Brent Hurley). Daniel Blackler and wife Dawn of Hannibal, Mo. and children Leah Perrine (Brandon) and Cara Miller (Chris); and sixteen great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Blackler was preceded in death by one brother, Wm. W. Blackler and two grandchildren, Chad Blackler and Jennifer Garbert.
Curtis graduated from Hannibal High School in 1942. After graduation he went to work at Wendt-Sonis in Hannibal. Shortly after, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Germany during WWII. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Curtis went back to work at Wendt-Sonis for 20 plus years. He later went to work for the United States Postal Service in Hannibal as a Postal Clerk and retired in 1986.
Mr. Blackler was member of St. John's Masonic Lodge #28 in Hannibal. He enjoyed fishing with his sons, woodworking projects and carpentry projects around his home. Later in life he enjoyed working with computers and photography. Curtis had a love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them and friends during the holiday's and other social gatherings.
Mr. Blackler was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal.
Pallbearers will be Wm. Curtis Blackler, Robert Blackler, David Blackler, Daniel Blackler, Scott Constable, and Marvin Calhoun.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Blackler's grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made the Shriners Hospitals for Children, in care of the Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.