Homer Blass Obituary
Homer Harrison Blass Jr. photos Homer Harrison Blass Jr. photos

There are 68 photos in the gallery

Service Information

 
In Memory of

Homer Harrison Blass Jr.

March 16, 1940 - July 27, 2013
Obituary

Homer Harrison Blass, Jr., 73, of Lynchburg celebrated his first day in his heavenly home on Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was born March 16, 1940 in Independence, Kansas the only child of the late Homer H. Blass, Sr., a linotype setter who instilled in Homer a love of the printed word and the ethics of hardwork and loyalty, and the late Clara Thompson Blass who instilled the qualities of honesty and caring for others. Homer professed his faith in Christ and was baptized at an early age. He was always an active member in a local body of believers and was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. As a youth, he was active in Boy Scouts...
Homer Harrison Blass, Jr., 73, of Lynchburg celebrated his first day in his heavenly home on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

He was born March 16, 1940 in Independence, Kansas the only child of the late Homer H. Blass, Sr., a linotype setter who instilled in Homer a love of the printed word and the ethics of hardwork and loyalty, and the late Clara Thompson Blass who instilled the qualities of honesty and caring for others.

Homer professed his faith in Christ and was baptized at an early age. He was always an active member in a local body of believers and was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church. As a youth, he was active in Boy Scouts where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country award. Homer's junior high school history teacher used her own funds to create learning centers that peaked his passion in history.

He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Tulsa, his M.A. degree from the University of Illinois and his PhD from the University of Missouri. His greatest joy in life was passing on his knowledge to others. He was first an assistant professor of History at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO., from 1966 – 1983 and served as an Associate Professor of History at Liberty University since 1983. He professionally published over 30 articles and contributed book reviews in several journals. He attended a summer session in Military history at West Point.

He was an ardent bibliophile who integrated his learning with an encyclopedic recall of information at a depth that was remarkable.

Homer was a loving husband and devoted father; he is survived by his wife Linda L. Blass. They were married in Johnstown, PA, December 20, 1975 and is also survived by his son, Scott Christopher Blass, born July 5, 1980. Being an only child, he enjoyed being a part of the large family he married into.

A service celebrating his life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Thomas Road Baptist Church with Rev. Matt Willmington officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Liberty University library, Gleaning for the World or the .

Share your memories or express your condolences by signing the Guest Book below or click here for entry suggestions.

"My name is bill J williams from Lebanon Mo and I was a student of Dr. Blass's at Southwest Baptist College. He taught me so much about History and also..." Bill Williams (Lebanon, MO)

Submit Guest Book Entry
This Guest Book has 35 entries. View Complete Guest Book

More Obituaries

News and Advance
Homer H. Blass Jr. Homer Harrison Blass Jr., 73, of Lynchburg, celebrated his first day in his heavenly home on Saturday, July 27, 2013. He was...

Read obituary at News and Advance.

Personalize Your Tribute

Share photos, videos and more with Legacy Memorial Websites. Find out more.

 
Start Planning Today

Make Your Plan Today

Preplanning your funeral or cemetery arrangements gives you and your loved ones peace of mind. Don't wait. Make your plan online today.
Plan Online Now
Send a Card
Send Meals to the Family

Audio Condolences

Use your phone to dial in a free personalized message. Click here to make an entry or listen to recordings from friends and family.