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Dan Ray Blenis; Sept. 11, 2011

Published 12:44pm Monday, September 12, 2011

Dan Ray Blenis, 78, of Huntsville passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 11 the Lord’s day.

Dan was born in Amarillo, Texas, April 5, 1933, to Fritzi and Lee Blenis.

He was a resident of Huntsville since 1970. He retired from NASA in 1988 as a program manager and then later from Northrop Grumman in 1994. Dan served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was a member of Willowbrook Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the deacons and in many other leadership roles. Dan truly was a lucky man, meeting his sweetheart, Earlene, in high school and living out the rest of his days with her by his side. Dan was a man of many talents, and his passions were his church, family and gardening.

Dan was preceded in death by his dad; and his sister, Tonya.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Earlene Blenis; son, Michael Ray Blenis and wife Tricia, and their son, Casey; son, Shawn Lee Blenis and wife Gail, and their children, Daniel, Rachel, Matthew, Kari and Jennifer, and their four grandchildren; daughter, Belinda Beth Nave and husband Tim, and their son, Caleb; mother, Fritzi Blenis; brother, L.W. Blenis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Willowbrook Baptist Church with visitation beginning two hours prior to services. Berryhill Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Huntsville Botanical Garden, one of his many true loves.

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