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Robert Watson
December 16, 1963 ~
May 08, 2019
Date of Service: May 22, 2019

Charlene Reid
February 19, 1955 ~
May 13, 2019
Date of Service: May 22, 2019

Jean Heetderks
November 13, 1926 ~
May 12, 2019
Date of Service: May 24, 2019

William A. Boegli
April 20, 1919 ~
September 30, 1944
Date of Service: May 25, 2019

Carl T. Jensen
September 29, 1918 ~
October 19, 2018
Date of Service: May 26, 2019

Claire Adrienne
July 22, 1938 ~
May 19, 2019

Andrea Martin
June 1, 1939 ~
May 17, 2019

Rose Ann Penwell
December 7, 1933 ~
May 17, 2019

Patricia Mohler
October 25, 1945 ~
May 13, 2019

Mac McKinsey
June 1, 1920 ~
May 06, 2019

Andrew Oldenburger
December 16, 1928 ~
May 05, 2019

John (Jack) Stonnell
December 1, 1930 ~
May 04, 2019


Peter Blanksma

March 12, 1929 ~ February 28, 2019

Visitation: March 06, 2019 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
Service: March 07, 2019 11:00 A.M.
   Location: Manhattan Christian Reformed Church
Graveside Service: March 07, 2019 10:00 A.M.
   Location: Churchill Cemetery

Peter Lawrence Blanksma, 89, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Spring Meadows Senior Living in Bozeman, Montana.  He was born March 12, 1929 near Churchill, Montana to Renk and Fannie (Bouma) Blanksma, the third of four children.  He grew up on a farm south of Churchill and attended Little Holland School through eighth grade after which he farmed with his parents.

He married Charlotte Stuivenga on May 28th, 1952 in Grangeville, Idaho. Together, they raised five boys on the family farm. They were both long time members of Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.

Peter had a passion for farming and travelling. During the winters when farm work slowed down, he would travel around the country, typically by car. No matter where he was, Pete was always seen meeting new people and making new friends. He was a regular patron at the Korner Cafe, where he enjoyed socializing and catching up with old friends. He enjoyed all aspects of farming, including field work, tending livestock, and learning about new agricultural practices.  Among his favorite tasks were operating a tractor tilling the soil and harvesting grain on the hillsides of his farm.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and his younger brother Richard. Peter is survived by his sons; Rick (Carrie) of Billings, Mike of Quincey, FL, David of Bozeman, Daryl (Laura) of Manhattan, and Loren (Deborah) of Bozeman; grandchildren, Eric (Molly) Blanksma, Craig Blanksma, Alyssa (Kurt) Koopman, Adam (Tawnya) Blanksma, Rachel (Curtis) Flesch, Darcy (Carson) Quinnell, Brittany (Carson) Welch, Courtney Blanksma, and Melissa and Madison Blanksma; and several great grandchildren, Seth, Ben, and Carolyn Blanksma, Aurora Koopman, Owen Blanksma, and Odin Flesch.  He is also survived by his sisters, Ann VanDyke of Bozeman and Annette DeBoer of Sun City West, Arizona.

A viewing will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 6 at Dokken Nelson Funeral Service in Bozeman.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, March 7 at Churchill Cemetery followed by an 11:00 A.M. service to celebrate his life at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.

Memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Back to God Ministries International.

The family would like to thank Spring Meadows and Hospice of Bozeman for the high-quality care provided.

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