Bob Blitch

[31 OCT 1931 - G1 - 20212 - 15 JAN 2012]

Bob Blitch Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Class of '55 cruise group at Torgau - where Soviet and
US army forces met - WWII ['55 Elbe Trip - SEP 2015]



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['55 Elbe Trip - SEP 2015]



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Mary Blitch and Sandy Wargowsky overlooking
the Elbe River valley ['55 Elbe Trip - SEP 2015]



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Dick and Sandy Wargowsky - Mary Blitch - Val Bundren
on the Berlin river cruise ['55 Elbe Trip - SEP 2015]



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A Banner Moment at the West Point cocktail party. 8 August 2014 Front row: Marlowe Viney - Wendella Wiik (our tour leader) - Jeanne Drummond - friend of WP - Pat Vitty - Bernadette Dugan - Back row: Rod Vitty - Bruce Henry - Mary Walcutt - Rose and Vince Dibiasi - Paula and Jack Camplell - Mary Blitch - Dan Dugan - and three more friends of WP [Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]

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Here is most of our 55 Travel Group as we crossed the border from Finland into Norway while heading north on Aug 5th. You’ll see in the picture Mary Blitch - Marlow Viney - Rod Vitty - Dan Dugan - Pat Vitty - Bernadette Dugan - Jack Campbell - and Paula Campbell. Jeanne Drummond is missing and the others are “Friends of 55” that travel with us [Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]



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The 55 Travel Group was made up of Classmate Couples (Vitty - Dugan [missing from pic] - Campbell) - Classmate Widows (Blitch - Drummond - Viney) - and Friends of the Class (The Rest). This picture taken overlooking Trondheim - Norway on Aug 9.



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Aug 11 Dinner in Bergen - Norway - The lady next to Rod is Mary Walcutt - Mary Blitch’s guest from Austin [Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]



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Paula - Mary Blitch - Mary Walcutt
[Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]



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Jeanne Drummondd - Mary Blitch - Paula Campbell - Bernadette Dugan. Helsinki - Finland. 1 August 2014 [Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]



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Rose DiBiasi (friend of the the class) Pat Vitty - Mary Blitch. Helsinki - Finland. 2 August 2014 [Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]



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Mary Blitch and Mary Walcutt. West Point cocktail party. 8 August 2014 [Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]



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Mary Blitch - Bernadette Dugan at Farewell Party - Oslo - Norway - 13 August 2014 [Finland/Norway Trip - AUG 2014]



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Dick and Pat Dinwiddie - Tom and Sue Weaver - Carol and Dick Baker - Jack and Paula Campbell (Hosts) - Sharon and Woody Black - Jo and Jim Fleeger - Maren Palmer - Mary Blitch [CENTEX Mini - JAN 2013]



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Pat Dinwiddie - Tom and Sue Weaver - Carol and Dick Baker - Jack and Paula Campbell (Hosts) - Sharon and Woody Black - Jo and Jim Fleeger - Maren Palmer - Mary Blitch [CENTEX Mini - JAN 2013]



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['55 2012 Rhine Trip - SEP 2012]

More '55 2012 Rhine Trip Pictures



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[Bob Blitch Services - JAN 2012]

More Pictures



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Seine Trip



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Africa Trip


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Campbell - Black - Dinwiddie - Kennebeck - Fleeger - Baker -
Cooper - Blitch [CENTEX Mini - SEP 2011]



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Campbell - Black - Baker - Kennebeck - Cooper - Dinwiddie -
Blitch - Fleeger - Stone [CENTEX Mini - SEP 2011]



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Blitch - Baker - Dinwiddie - Fleeger - Black
[CENTEX Mini - SEP 2011]



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Vitty - Hammond ‘66 - Follett - Blitch - Strom - Campbell - Enslow - Ludwig - Bergen - West - Bates - Newton [France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Mary and Bob Blitch
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Vitty - Hammond ‘66 - Follett - Blitch - Strom - Campbell - Enslow - Ludwig - Bergen - West - Bates - Newton [France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Strom's - Bergen's - Paula Campbell - Mary Blitch
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Mary and Bob Blitch
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Mary Blitch - Chrys Follett - Jim Bergen - Local Guide - Quent Bates
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Blitch's and Marlowe Viney
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Meida Dalifard (Home Host) and family - Candy Strom - Bob Blitch
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Candy Strom - Bob Blitch - Newtons
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Natalie Wilcox - Bob and Mary Blitch - Jan Roberts
[France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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Bruce Henry - Art Follett - Mary and Bob Blitch - Chrys Follett
Rod and Pat Vitty [France Trip - JUL/AUG 2011]



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George Kennebeck - Mary and Bob Blitch
[Austin - 1 JAN 2011]



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Carol Baker - Jo Fleeger - Jan Kennebeck - Paula Campbell - Maren Palmer - Lo Dienst - Mary Helen Cooper - Sharon Black - Mary Blitch - Roberta Stone [Austin - 1 JAN 2011]



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Baker's - Kennebeck's - Fleegers - Dienst's - Cooper's - Black - Maren Palmer - Campbell's - Sharon Black - Mary Blitch - Roberta Stone - Blitch [Austin - 1 JAN 2011]



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Baker - Kennebeck - Fleeger - Dienst - Cooper - Black -
Campbell - Blitch [Austin - 1 JAN 2011]



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Jack Campbell - George Kennebeck - Bob Blitch
[2010 Army - Navy Game]



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Jack Campbell - George Kennebeck - Bob Blitch
[2010 Army - Navy Game]



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? - Bob and Mary Blitch - Sandy and Dick
Wargowsky [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jill Wiegand - Ellen Schick - Blitch's - Stanley's
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Mary and Bob Blitch - Al and Sara Coleman
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ed Mendell and Bob Blitch
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Todd Graham - Jill Wiegand - Ellen Schick - Danielle Troyan -
Paul Parks - Mary Blitch [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Walt McCrillis - Ute Bergen - Rosanne and Bob Wray - Mary and
Bob Blitch - Pat and Rod Vitty [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Georgie Regnier - Mary Blitch - Paul Parks
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob and Mary Blitch - Carla Hilbert - Georgie
Regnier [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carla Hilbert - Georgie Regnier - Bob and Mary Blitch -
Dave Wheeler - Jack Jeter [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Paula Campbell and Mary Blitch
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Pat Vitty - Mary and Bob Blitch - Pat Strati - Connie Franklin -
Paula Campbell - Maren Palmer [NYC Trip - 55th Reunion]



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Marlowe Viney - Mary Blitch - Marcia Giza - Pat Strati - Patty Page - Connie Franklin - Carla Hilbert - Maren Palmer - Don Giza - George Page [NYC Trip - 55th Reunion]



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Pat Dinwiddie - Bob and Mary Blitch -
Jack Jeter [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Natalie Wilcox - Ruth Horst - Paula Campbell - Pat Vitty - Marlowe Viney - Mary Blitch - Marcia Giza - Pat Strati - Patty Page - Connie Franklin - Carla Hilbert - Maren Palmer [NYC Trip - 55th Reunion]



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George and Jan Kennebeck - Carol and Dick Baker - Norm Blahuta - Tom Weaver - Roberta Stone - Sue Weaver - Barb Blahuta - Jim Cooper - Paula Campbell - Mary Helen Cooper - Jack Campbell - Maren Palmer - Sandy Sanderson - Mary and Bob Blitch [Austin - JAN 2010]



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George Kennebeck - Dick Baker - Norm Blahuta - Tom Weaver - Jim Cooper - Sandy Sanderson - Bob Blitch - Jack Campbell [Austin - JAN 2010]



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Roberta Stone - Sue Weaver - Mary Helen Cooper - Barb Blahuta - Jan Kennebeck - Carol Baker - Paula Campbell - Maren Palmer - Mary Blitch [Austin - JAN 2010]



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Mary and Bob Blitch
[Austin - JAN 2010]



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Bob Blitch - Jack Campbell - Bill Ingledew (friend)
[OCT 2008]



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Mary Blitch
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Mary Blitch - Nancy and Jim Cutchin - Larry Michalove - Bill and
Joan McCulla - Maggie Miller [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Lo Dienst - Pat Dinwiddie - Mary Blitch -
Nancy Cutchin [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Joey Geran - Mary Blitch - Jim Drummond -
Jack Campbell [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Jack Campbell - George Kennebeck - Bob Blitch
[MAY 2008]



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Dick Baker - Elaine West - Bob Blitch
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Baker - Kennebeck - Blitch - Maren Palmer - Sanderson
[Registration Desk @ Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Jack Campbell and Bob Blitch
[DEC 2007]



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Bob and Mary Blitch
[DEC 2007]



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Bob Blitch - Paula Campbell - Reed Stone
[DEC 2007]



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Jan and George Kennebeck - Mary and Bob Blitch - Paula and
Jack Campbell [2008 Mini Reunion Committee - MAY 2007]



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Sanderson - Blitch - Reed Stone - Campbell -
Kennebeck [Austin - MAR 2007]



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Blitch - Reed Stone - Dean Finnegan '71 - Campbell -
Kennebeck - Sanderson [Austin - MAR 2007]



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Sanderson - Reed Stone - Dienst - Campbell -
Blitch and Kennebeck [Austin - JAN 2007]



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Sandy Sanderson and Maren Palmer - Reed and Roberta Stone - Danny and Lo Dienst - Jack and Paula Campbell - Bob and Mary Blitch - George and Jan Kennebeck [Austin - JAN 2007]



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Blitch - Vitty - Sanderson - Hilbert - Lynn
[Fiji - NOV 2006]



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Bob and Mary Blitch
[Fiji - NOV 2006]



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Rear: Tennant - Jack Campbell - Lynn - Sanderson - Vitty - Hilbert - Blitch - Dienst - Front: Frances Tennant - Paula Campbell - Nicky Silloway - Sandra Lynn - Maren Palmer - Pat Vitty - Carla Hilbert - Mary Blitch - Lo Dienst [Australia - NOV 2006]



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Mary Blitch - Paula Campbell and Blitch
[SEP 2006 Texas A&M game]



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Sanderson - Reed Stone - Kennebeck - Blitch -
Baker - Jack Campbell - Dienst [DEC 2005]



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Baker's - Kennebeck's - Buie's - Blitch's - Jack Campbell's -
Reed Stone's [Blitch Anniversary Party - DEC 2005]


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Kennebeck - Blitch - Reed Stone - Jack
Campbell - Baker [OCT 2005]



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Mary and Bob Blitch 50th
[JUL 2005]



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Blitch's - Jack Campbell's and
Kennebeck's 50th [JUL 2005]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Rear: Bill Anderson - Reed Stone - Dan Geran - Ken Wilson - Bob Nourse - Front: Bob Stanley - Bob Blitch - Phil Bouchard - John Giddings [G1: 50th Reunion]



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Rich Miller and Bob Blitch
[50th Reunion]



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Mary and Bob Blitch
[50th Reunion]



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Mary and Bob Blitch
[50th Reunion]



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Blitch and Crancer
[50th Reunion]



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Paula and Jack Campbell - Mary and
Bob Blitch [APR 2005]



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Kennebeck - Jack Campbell - Blitch -
Sanderson - Stone [APR 2005]



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Jack Campbell - Lennox 71 - Kennebeck -
Blitch - Stone [APR 2005]



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Jan and George Kennebeck - Paula and Jack Campbell
Mary and Bob Blitch - Sanderson - Stone [APR 2005]



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Blitch's and Reed Stone's
[APR 2004 Central Texas Mini]



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Mary Blitch And Sue Weaver
[APR 2004 Central Texas Mini]



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Reed Stone and Blitch
[APR 2004 Central Texas Mini]



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Blitch - Reed Stone - Jack Campbell -
Kennebeck [2002]



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Roberta and Reed Stone - Bob and Mary Blitch - Paula and
Jack Campbell - Jan and George Kennebeck [2002]



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Bob Blitch
[1999]



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Kennebeck's - Blitch's - Reed Stone's
[1990]



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Reed Stone - Dinwiddie - Drummond - Cooper
Blitch - Kennebeck [1985]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCullough - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

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Row 1-6: Tony Hansell - Row 1-7: Bob Blitch - Row 2- 7:
Tom Turner [Palm Beach AFB - OCT 1956]



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G-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Geran (CO) - Steakley - Devereaux - Wilson - Hufnagel - McNamee - Schick - Giddings - 2nd Row: Wiegand - Blitch - Nourse - 3rd Row: Cohan - Thompson - Reed Stone - 4th Row: Stanley - Bouchard - Rule - 5th Row: Dunaway - Buie - Bill Anderson - Massey



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Standing: Bill Axup and Mike Gallup - Middle: Bob Blitch on guitar - Chuck Ewing and Tony Hansell - Foreground (backs to camera): Skip Massey and Danny Dienst [CAMID - JUN 1953]



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Foreground: Fontaine - ? - Beoddy - ? - ? - Next squad: ? - Blitch - Graham - Dunaway (striped shirt) - Glidden - ? - Hadly - ? - ? [4th Cmpany - R Day JUL 1951]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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George Robert Blitch

George Robert Blitch was born on 31 October 1931 in Austin, Texas. He was appointed to West Point from the 3rd Congressional District of Texas and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company G1, played baseball for two years and was a corporal his 2nd Class year. His First Class year, he was a Lieutenant and company Executive Officer. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Air Force.


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How I met That Special Her

During our summer  leave in 1954, I was at home in Tyler, Texas. I had recently become disengaged (keep it clean) from another young lady. Lack of a OAO was weighing heavily on my libido. With only a few days remaining until we were due back to begin our First Class year, I was in dire need of some female companionship.

My younger brother Bill (Class of ’60, USMA) suggested that I call Miss Boles who was his speech /drama teacher at Tyler High School. My response was  “who wants to go out with an old school teacher when I have only a few days left at home?”. He said that Miss Boles was a cute, classy lady who was about our age and that I should reconsider calling her. After some thought, I finally decided not to call Miss Boles.

I did, however, remember that a friend Helen Waller was living in town. Helen and I had been friends since elementary school so, we could catch up on some mutual friends. No romantic interest would be involved. I could return to West Point with no girlfriend obligations.

Helen was living in an apartment. I dialed her number. A female voice said hello. But, I knew it was not Helen. When I asked if Helen was at home, the female voice replied, “No. I am her roommate”. I said, “Who are you?”. The voice said “I am Mary Boles and who are you?” After I told her my name, she asked if I had a brother in high school named Bill. I said I did. She said that she was his speech teacher.

Quickly thinking I had nothing to lose, I asked if she would like to go out for a Coke. She declined the offer with the excuse that she was putting photographs in an album. I opined that she could do that later after I left town. After a long pause, she agreed to join me in a “coke” date but, only for a brief time.

That “brief” time lasted until three o’clock the next morning. We seemed destined to see each other again. In fact, we were together the next three evenings.  I was most certainly, to use the expression from the movie “Bambi”, twitterpated.

I went back to West Point. Mary was on her way to The University of Virginia to get her Master’s Degree. We saw each other a few times during the year, either at West Point or UVA and during Christmas leave. She attended our graduation on June 7th and I attended hers on June 13th. We drove back to Tyler with a brief stop in Georgia to attend Roy and Ann Dunaway’s wedding.

We were married in Tyler, Texas on July 9, 1955. That “brief” time has become almost 56 years and….I am still “twitterpated”.

Bob Blitch
8 May 2011


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TAPS Check List fo Bob Blitch

1. Birthplace and date: Austin. Texas - October 31, 1931

2. Parents: George A. and Estelle Glenn Blitch

3. Siblings: William Thomas (Bill) Blitch born August 5, 1 936(Class of '60, USMA)

4. High school graduated from: Tyler High School. TyLer, Texas

5. High school sports: Baseball, basketball

6. Other High school activities: Band (clarinet), orchestra violin) plays. National Honor Society

7. Non-school activities: Boy Scouts

B. Civilian College: North Texas Agricultural College (Freshman)48-49, name changed to Arlington State College (Sophomore)49-50, The University of Texas (Junior) 50-51--ROTC all three years

9. Civilian College sports: none

10. Prior muitary service: none

11. Type of appointment to USMA: Congressional (Cong. Lindley Beckworth, Texas)

12. USMA Roommates: Buie, Massey, Geran, Dunaway, Anderson, Mccnamee, Hufnaget

13. Close friends at USMA: Massey, Buie, Geran, Fikaris

14. Wife info: Mary Joy Boles married July 9,1955- how we met already sent

15. Children info: Melinda Joy (8/21/59), Betsy Kay (9/16/61). Laurie Anne (2/2/63) plus seven grandchildren.

16.Suggested and/or preferred author for TAPS article: Dan Geran with Mary Blitch

17. Others who can fill in gaps about you: Al Buie, Pete Fikaris

18. Classmates with whom you served. Unfortunately none after pilot training

19. Major military assignments: Pilot training (Primary) at Moore Air Base,Texas,Aug 55-Jan 56; Pilot training (Basic) at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, Feb56-Sep56; 305th Bomb Wing, Strategic Air Command, MacDill AFB, Florida,Dec 56-Aug 6°; Foreign Technology, Air Force Systems Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Aug 61- July 65

20. Second career info: NASA Hdqtrs, Office of Manned Space Flight, Gemini and Apollo Programs, Aug 65-Aug 67; The University of Texas at Austin. Sep 67- Aug 75; Joined Mary in the Scandinavian Furniture business which we ran for 34 years.

21. Additional Comments: None necessary


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George Robert Blitch

Play ball! Bob joined the team line-up in Austin, Texas, at St. David's Hospital on Halloween 1931, as the son of Estelle and George Blitch.

First inning took him from Austin to Baytown to Arlington to Tyler schools.

Second inning included Tyler High School, the University of Texas, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following graduation in 1955, he married his team manager for the next 56 plus years, Mary Boles.

Third inning: As a member of the United States Air Force, he traveled the world with SAC flying KC-97's, including North Africa and US stations, stopping at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, at AFIT for his Master's in Aeronautical Engineering. He then worked in Foreign Technology. Three rookies joined the team - his daughters Mindy, Betsy, and Laurie.

Fourth inning: Bob worked for NASA in Washington, D.C. as Systems Analyst in the Gemini and Apollo missions.

Fifth inning: Bob returned to Austin, Texas to work for UT. He fielded the 107" reflector telescope at the McDonald Observatory and hit a homer by helping create the Ozark Regional Development Program. He served as V.P. for Academic Research.

Sixth inning: In 1975, Mary traded Bob's contract with UT so he was in the line-up for Skandinavia Contemporary Interiors, the business Mary opened in 1971 as Shop in Denmark. Bob worked with Jake Pickle during this time to achieve Port of Entry status for Austin. They retired in 2006.

Seventh inning: Mary and Bob continued their world travels and built a new house during the seventh inning stretch.

Eighth inning: Bob enjoyed everything that he loved - crossword puzzles, brainteasers, bowling, fishing, good coffee, Jeopardy!, family, theatre, more travel with Mary, and BASEBALL.

Ninth inning: Opened with three curve balls for strikes - emphysema, cancer, and pneumonia. But the game ended with Bob hitting one out of the park, into the wild blue yonder, to join the Long Gray Line. Players remaining on the roster include his wife Mary, daughters and sons-in-law Mindy and Philip Vescovo, Betsy and Chris Kirksey, Laurie and Mark Maccini. Triple A team roster: Emma and Olivia Vescovo; Kelsey, Haley, and Matthew Kirksey; Ben and Gabriel Maccini. Also, a brother, Bill, wife Suz, and nieces Kim and Robin.

Game highlights at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Dr. on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society , your favorite National Park, your church, or a charity of your choice .
And remember - turn out the lights!

Published in Austin American-Statesman on January 22, 2012


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