Vince Blank was born Feb. 14th, 1927 in Vinton, IA.
Vince served on the Virginia Gay Hospital Board of Directors in the early eighties, when he was the Mayor of Vinton.
Vince began a military career at the age of 16, and served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years. He enlisted as a Seaman third Class, and rose through every enlisted and warrant officer grade, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant as a Communications Officer.
He was in Tokyo Harbor for the surrender of Japan, and was in World War II, the Korean conflict and served three tours of combat in Vietnam.
Vince and his wife Nancy raised four daughters and two sons. When Vince retired from the Navy, he and Nancy moved back to Vinton, where he became Vinton’s first City Coordinator, and later served as Mayor of Vinton.
Vince also was a life member of the Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post 57, with over 65 years of service to God and country. In the American Legion, he was twice elected Post 57 Commander. He was elected Department Commander of the State of Iowa in 1984 and then became the Aid to the National Commander.
Vince was the BEST Dad anyone could ever hope for.
Vince peacefully passed away at his home on September 8th, 2011.
“Fair Winds and Following Seas”
Grief is both a painful
necessity and a privilege,
for it comes as a result
of having loved.
We miss you,
We love you,
And we’ll be seeing you…
Children: Jill Gualtier, Jan Knaack, Julia Meadows, Jennifer Parr, Verne Blank, Joseph Blank