Carl Robert "Bob" Blank


September 1, 2021

Carl Robert "Bob" Blank, age 75, of Yankton died unexpectedly on August 26, 2021, at his home in Yankton.

A private family Mass will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Tim Anderson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Carl Robert "Bob" Blank was born March 30, 1946 in Aberdeen to Jerome and Grace (Jillson) Blank. He grew up in Ipswich and graduated from Ipswich High School in 1965. He attended Northern State University graduating with a Master's Degree in Counseling. He married Pamela Williams in 1970 in Ipswich. After their marriage they lived in Mina Lake for a few years until moving to Yankton in 1977, when Bob took a job at Vocational Rehabilitation Services, which he continued until his retirement. In his retirement, Bob loved watching his grandchildren and helped raise them until they went to school.

Bob loved animals and would help any animal in need; often times nursing them back to health when he saw one in need. He loved his family and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren whether it was fishing, hunting, watching football, taking about baseball, telling stories about when he grew up or cooking, always making sure they had plenty to eat.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Blank of Yankton; four children, Robin (Heidi) Blank of Phoenix, Ariz .; Eric Blank of San Diego, Calif .; Krista (Kerry) Johnson of Yankton; and Travis Jerome (Kimberly) Blank of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; one brother; four sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; one brother; and beloved pet, Maximillian Rex I.

Arrangements with Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Yankton. To post an online sympathy message to the family, visit


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