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Aaron Blankenhorn
Aaron Blankenhorn
Class of 1995
Passed Oct 02, 2006
Aaron Blankenhorn (29) died in his overturned car after it struck an above-ground high-pressure gas line

Aaron Blankenhorn (29)
Date: Oct 02, 2006
Cause of Death: Overturned Single Car Accident
Location: FORT WAYNE, Indiana

Senior Pastor Fred Hasecke of Trinity English Lutheran Church was looking for somebody who could speak to the younger generation when the Rev. Aaron D. Blankenhorn was called to the West Wayne Street church as an associate and youth pastor three years ago.

On Tuesday morning, police found Blankenhorn, 29, of Arlington Avenue, dead in his overturned car after it struck an above-ground high-pressure gas line on the side of Kress Road in southwest Allen County.

Hasecke said kids took to Blankenhorn – the youngest member on the staff – right away. Blankenhorn spoke their language and was a “big kid” himself. He could connect with a middle schooler as well as he could connect with those in their 20s.

He is survived by his wife, Sondra, and two children – Jonah, 2, and Rachel, born this past summer.

“The grief that they must feel is almost incomprehensible,” Hasecke said.

Trinity, 405 W. Wayne St., will remain open into the evening for the rest of the week to accommodate those who want to pray or receive consolation.

Blankenhorn was driving north near the 8300 block of Kress Road about 9:15 a.m. when he apparently lost control of his black 2003 four-door Pontiac Grand Am, Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Stone said.

The accident occurred on a gravel portion of Kress, which alternates between gravel and paved surfaces between Lower Huntington and Branstrator roads. The car flipped onto its top and sustained severe damage.

“Going from a hard surface to gravel surface, if you’re going fairly fast it’s fairly easy to fishtail and go off the road,” Stone said. The cause of the accident is still officially under investigation.

Officials had the gas turned off by 10 a.m. It appeared the car began to go off the east side of the road before Blankenhorn overcorrected and crashed on the west side of the road, shearing the gas line.

Max Turnbow, of the 8600 block of Kress Road, saw the car on its top shortly after the crash. He said he could hear the hiss of gas from more than a block away. Three fire engines from the Southwest Fire District responded, as did members of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Allen County Fatal Crash Team.

Blankenhorn spent Sunday with children and residents of Lutheran Homes at 6701 S. Anthony Blvd. putting together packets to be sent to military personnel overseas.

Hasecke said several children and adults came to the church to grieve after news of the accident spread. Blankenhorn, who grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, came to the church after graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate diploma from Capital University, also in Columbus.

Hasecke said though Blankenhorn had all the abilities to become a senior pastor anywhere, at the time of his death he was deeply rooted in youth ministry. He said Blankenhorn used many illustrations during his sermons that he personally didn’t understand, but that the young people in the congregation picked up on immediately.

Along with youth ministry, Blankenhorn specialized in dealing with young singles in their 20s as well as young married couples, Hasecke said.

“He had a tremendous amount of maturity, but his heart was in youth ministry,” Hasecke said.

“I don’t think (becoming a senior pastor) was completely out of his mind, but his love at that stage was the kids. He just really cared for them, and I think they knew that.”
Ashlie Raethackrah
Ashlie RaeThackrah
Class of 2008
Passed Mar 28, 2018
Ashlie Rae Thackrah 26 born May 10, 1990, passed away unexpectedly November 11, 2016.
Brian James Irwin Ricer (bj)
Brian James Irwin Ricer (BJ)
Class of 2008
Passed Jun 18, 2008
BJ was 19 born February 9, 1989 and passed away unexpectedly on June 18, 2009.
Carla Frisby
Carla Frisby
Class of 1989
Passed Oct 06, 2008
Carla died unexpectantly Oct. 6, 2008 at her home in Willowick, Ohio
Chad Dutka
Chad Dutka
Class of 1992
Passed Nov 23, 2000
Died at his residence.
Chris Eggerton
Chris Eggerton
Class of 1992
Passed Nov 18, 1995
Died in a snowstorm while skiing in the French Alps.
Dennis E. Currens
Dennis E. Currens
Class of 1980
Passed Jan 17, 2011
Died Unexpectantly
Dwight T, Eggerton
Dwight T, Eggerton
Class of 1980
Passed Jun 12, 1997
Dwight passed away after a long illness at his home surrounded with the ones who loved him.
Joey Roberts
Joey Roberts
Class of 1992
Passed Sep 26, 2000
Death was a result of complications from an injury received in an industrial accident.
Larry A Boggs
Larry A Boggs
Class of 1997
Passed Nov 07, 2007
Died in a single roll over accident in Lincoln, IL. while driving for Panther II transportation.
Margaret Holdsworth (reed)
Margaret Holdsworth (Reed)
Class of 1971
Passed Jul 09, 2016
Margaret Ann Reed (Holdsworth) age 64 of San Tan Valley, Arizona. Passed away July 9, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by husband Terry, daughters Kimberly Pierce and family, daughter Jennifer Loggins and family. 6 grandkids and her sister Charlotte Rein and brother David Holdsworth.
Max Bowman
Max Bowman
Class of 1992
Passed Jun 21, 2007
Died unexpectantly
Michelle Kash Kinstle
Michelle Kash Kinstle
Class of 1992
Passed Oct 27, 2007
Death was a result of injuries received in an automobile accident.
Rachel Allen
Rachel Allen
Class of 1992
Passed Jun 08, 2001
Death was a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Ricky Hancock
Ricky Hancock
Class of 1992
Passed Apr 05, 2006
Died unexpectantly
Tina Milligan Reed Foster
Tina Milligan Reed Foster
Class of 1992
Passed Jul 11, 2007
Death was a result of a rare blood disorder.
Travis Lee Elkins
Travis Lee Elkins
Class of 2008
Passed Mar 28, 2007
Travis Lee Elkins 19 passed away unexpectedly on March 10, 2007.

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