DANVILLE — Shawn J. Blubaugh, 41, died Thursday, May 6, 2010.
He was born in Mount Vernon on March 2, 1969, to Steve Blubaugh of Danville and Lois (McCoy) Tharp of Mount Vernon, both survive.
Shawn is also survived by his wife, Toni (Fox) Blubaugh, whom he married on June 23, 1990. They have two children of the home, a son, Taylor, 17, and daughter, Mashawn, 10. Besides his parents, wife, and children, he is survived by brothers, Brian (Janet) and Terry (Tracy) Blubaugh of Danville; his mother- and father-in-law, Charles and Lois Fox. Also surviving are several in-laws, Gary Fox (Terri) of Mount Vernon, Suzanne Springer of Ironton, Barry Fox (Deana) of Rose Hill, Kan., Shelley Ansel of Danville and Tia Ball (Lincoln) of Howard. Shawn loved his many nieces and nephews, Kimberly Snyder, Craig Springer (Megan), Megan Davis (Adam), Tyler Springer, Ashley O’Keefe (Terrance), Stacy Springer, Jacob Ludwig, Tom Fox, Kelbey Ball, Jessica Blubaugh, Morgan Sinnett, Breanna McFadden, Bryant Blubaugh, Kodey Ball, Mason Ansel, Jared Blubaugh and Lani Blubaugh; along with several great-nieces and nephews.
Shawn was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto and Ruth Blubaugh, and Stuart and Leoda McCoy. He was also preceded by his uncle, Clem Blubaugh; and cousins, Todd Mickley, Brad and Brett Blubaugh; as well as a sister-in-law, Barby (Fox) Ludwig.
Shawn was a lifelong member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Danville, attending regularly with his family, where he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his family and helping to coach his daughter Mashawn’s softball team. He was recently teaching his son Taylor to drive. He also enjoyed riding his Harley with his wife Toni.
Shawn was an avid deer hunter enjoying both bow and gun hunting seasons on his dad’s land. Shawn was also an enthusiast for the Kenton Dog Trials, where he attended yearly with his brothers and cousins.
He was an employee for the State of Ohio Department of Transportation since 2002. He loved performing his job duties, being outside, and working with his co-workers. Snow plowing was his favorite duty on the job, a favorite quote for work was “Let it Snow.” As a Knox County resident Shawn was a trustee for Union Township where he had served for the last two years. Shawn was also a former employee of Mansfield Plumbing Products where he worked for 13 years prior to his current employment.
Being a 1987 graduate of Danville High School, and also the Knox County Joint Vocational School Agricultural Mechanics Program, Shawn was still very active in attending sporting events for the Blue Devils. Shawn’s enthusiasm was greatest for Danville football.
A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at the St. Luke Church in Danville, with the Revs. Father Homer Blubaugh and Father Richard Snoke officiating. Burial will follow in St. Luke Cemetery. Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Donations may be made to the Shawn Blubaugh Memorial Fund in care of First-Knox National Bank, 1 Public Square, Danville, OH 43014. The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling arrangements; www.fischerfuneralhome.com.