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Earl Duane Blemmel

Earl Duane Blemmel, age 93, of Mena, Arkansas, died Sunday, January 21, 2024, at the Peachtree Assisted Living in Mena. He was born on Sunday, August 10, 1930, to Charles and Mertle Marie Newman Blemmel in Stroud, Oklahoma.

Earl proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 20 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict as an AirCraft Mechanic Crew Chief on the SR 71. Earl was very proud of his military service and was always excited to tell people about his time building and working on the planes. After the service, he went to work in Dallas, Texas, at LTV Aircraft Manufacturing and retired again from Smith Tool in Oklahoma City in 1988. Earl enjoyed cutting wood and being outdoors. Earl was a loving father, brother, grandfather, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Thelma Blemmel and his second wife, Ruth Blemmel; one brother, Walter Blemmel and two sisters, Dora Berger and Peggy Brumley.

Earl is survived by two daughters, Derenda Thieke of Quinlan, Texas, and Cynthia Turner of Rockwall, Texas; two brothers, Gerald Blemmel of Talihina, Oklahoma, and Richard Blemmel of McLoud, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Kyle Turner of Parker, Colorado, and Erin Cook of Katy, Texas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the New Zion Cemetery in Chandler, Oklahoma under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

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