Born in Dick Johnson Township of Clay County Indiana on Sept. 27, 1917, Elmer lived in Brazil, Indiana until 1933.
He lived in Tacoma, Washington prior to induction into the US Army in 1942. After serving in World War II he made his home in Bowling Green, Indiana from 1946 to 1992. From 1992 to 2003 he lived in Rensselaer, Ind. As a veteran of World War II he served in Company H of the 505th Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Paratrooper Division of the United States Army. His parachute wings were adorned with four diamonds for combat jumps in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, and Holland. He also saw combat in the Belgium Bulge. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star medal of valor.
Married on Aug. 31, 1944, he was preceded in death on Jan. 28, 2003 by his wife, Maureen Frances Elliott of Davy Hume, near Manchester, England. Maureen was also a veteran having served in the Royal Signal Corps of the Auxiliary Territorial Service of Great Britain. Elmer was the son of Oliver Blubaugh and Elzada Barker.
He had worked in numerous surface and shaft coal mines in the Brazil, Terre Haute and Sullivan areas. He was well know in the community of Bowling Green for raising poultry and for establishing with his sons a very successful herd of purebred Berkshire swine in the 1960s and 70s. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Brazil and of St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Rensselaer. For more than fifty years he had been a member to the United Mine Workers of America.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters, Forrest, Alfred, Edna, Margaret, and Olive.
He is survived by two sons, John Elliott Blubaugh, Indianapolis. and Robert Daniel Blubaugh, Rensselaer, Ind., three grandchildren Carmen Kay Blubaugh, Camille Lynnette Blubaugh, and Kieran Patrick Blubaugh, Rensselaer, Ind..
At his request, there are no scheduled services. Arrangements are being handled by Steinke Funeral Services of Rensselaer. Internment of ashes will be made along side his wife, mother, father, one sister, and one brother in Summit Lawn Cemetery, Brazil, Indiana. For online condolences see steinkefuneralhome.com.