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Obituary for Donald W. Blanken Jr.

Donald W. Blanken Jr., 80, of Elgin passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, September 24, 2023, at the Avondale Estates Healthcare and Rehab Center of Elgin. Don was born on September 22, 1943, in Elgin and was the son of the late Donald W., Sr. and Darlene P.(nee Sund) Blanken. He was a lifelong resident of the Dundee-Elgin area and a 1961 graduate of Dundee Community High School. Following graduation from high school, Don served in the United States Army from 1968-1971 and was a very proud Vietnam War Veteran. During his time in the service, Don received the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal. Prior to retirement, Don worked as a photographer for decades. He enjoyed working with several area dance studios and loved being a part of the wedding couples' important day. Don always had a camera in hand and took photos during family vacations, celebrations, and important milestones. Most of all Don was a very proud father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife, Vicki Johnson Blanken; their children: Brian (Jill) Blanken, Keith (Amanda) Melvin, Eric (Michele) Blanken, and Jennifer Blanken; his grandchildren: Shelby, Chase, Alexis, Miya, MacKenzie, Emily, Sydney, Zachary, Dalton, Brandon, Sophia, and Gabriel; and his great-grandson, Benjamin. Visitation will be held at Miller Funeral Home in West Dundee on Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 1:00 P.M. until the time of a prayer service at 4:00 P.M. Following cremation, inurnment will be private at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

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