Mr. Walter Lee Coblentz (Walt or Coby to some) went peacefully home to the Lord on the afternoon of May 18, 2021 at Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center in Frederick, Maryland. Born August 31, 1929, on the family farm located halfway between Middletown and Jefferson, Maryland, at the foot of Braddock Mountain, he was the son of the late Walter Boyer and Mary Naomi Beachley Coblentz. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been predeceased by sister Marion H. and husband Meredith Boyer; brother Austin B. Coblentz and wife Elaine; infant sister Gladys L. Coblentz; infant brother Hugh O. Coblentz; and brother Martin P. Coblentz and wife Doris. Walter was also predeceased by wives Thelma Swomley Coblentz and Vilma Blasko Coblentz; and son, David L. Coblentz.
Surviving Walter are son Mark and wife Joanie Coblentz, son Eric and wife Patty Coblentz, daughter-in-law Brenda Coblentz, and stepfamily members Joanne and husband Ken Brynes, Dan and wife Paulette Blasko, and Joe and wife Cindy Blasko. Grandchildren are Andrew Coblentz and Elizabeth Brandt (spouse Alex); Erica Timmons (Matt), Ethan Coblentz (Kathy), Evan Coblentz (Olivia); Charlie Hickey (Jenny), Carol Hickey; Meghan Concepcion (Aaron), Jill Alexander; and Joe Blasko (Carrie), Tim Blasko (Molly), Brian Blasko (Jen). He had 14 great grandchildren and is survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Walter graduated from Middletown High School in 1947 where he loved to play soccer and basketball. In his earlier years, he was a volunteer with the Middletown Fire Company, and drove a truck locally delivering coal and corn for milling.
Walter began his commercial bus driving career with Blue Ridge Lines and then continued with Greyhound until retirement in 1990, having achieved 37 years of service. Upon retirement from Greyhound, Walter spent many years picking up and delivering truck parts for Grimes Trucking in Frederick, Maryland before fully retiring.
Walter will be remembered as a great and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He will also be remembered for having developed and cherished many friendships among those he touched during his long working career. He will be greatly missed by those that surrounded him in life.
Visitation by family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 at the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, located at 31 E. Main Street, Middletown, Maryland. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. by Rev. James Coblentz, Walter’s nephew, in the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ sanctuary located at 12 S. Church Street, Middletown, Maryland. The wearing of masks is being requested by the church. Interment will follow at the church’s cemetery.
Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home , Middletown, is handling arrangements. On-line guestbook is available at DBThompsonfuneralhome.com.
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