Robert Bruce (Boots) Blocksom, 84, of Elnora, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville.
He was born on May 29, 1923 in Terre Haute to Robert Elisha Blocksom and Gertrude Jane (Ketchem). He lived in Chicago with his father during the Depression. At about age 12 he moved to Elnora,, where he remained to marry and raise his family. He was a 1942 graduate of Elnora High School. He was a World War II veteran, having served two enlistments with the Navy, and earned a degree in electronics from Iowa State University. He retired from NSWC Crane in 1982 with more than 39 years employment.
Survivors include: his wife of 61 years, (Jenny) Virginia Ruth (Campbell); children, Emily Blocksom, Nancy (Paul) Albertson, and Timothy Blocksom; his cousin, Austin (Pete) Kehoe of Terre Haute; several other cousins in the area; many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and two sisters; Mary Alice Wade of Odon, and Ainley Holstine of Terre Haute.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Elnora.
Church and Community Funeral Services is handling the arrangements.