Julian Benedict "Blue" Edelen, 96, formerly of Springfield, died at 4:15 pm Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. A native of Washington County, he was born on May 16, 1924 to the late James Thomas and Martha Stella Hill Edelen. Blue was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific, retired farmer and a member of the Springfield State Bank Board of Directors for 39 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Rose Catholic Church.
Preceding him in death was his wife of 69 years, Dorothy Hill Edelen; five sisters, Dorothy Medley, Martha Fey, Mary Belle Wheatley, Mary Beth Edelen and Borgia Paulsen; and two brothers, Thomas and Fred Edelen.
He is survived by three daughters; Pam (Rich) Brizendine of Louisville, Betty (Charles) White of Lebanon and Julia (Ben) Byarlay of Lexington; five sons; Don (Jo Ellen) of West Lafayette, Indiana, Pat (Tess) of Springfield, Mike of Bardstown, John (Debbie) of Danville and Bruce (Sandy) Edelen of Lexington; 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Survivors also include one sister, Mary Jo Hamilton of Bardstown and two brothers; Bobby (Evelyn) Edelen of Florida and Larry (Mary Paul) Edelen of Springfield.
A private funeral mass will be held at St. Rose Catholic Church with Rev. Kevin McGrath, O.P. officiating. Burial with military honors being conducted by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard to follow at St. Rose Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons; J.T., Jason, Brandon, Jordon and Ryan Edelen, Todd, Matt and Michael Brizendine, Nick Byarlay and Stuart White.
Contributions are suggested to St. Rose Legacy Fund.
Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
St. Rose Catholic Church Legacy Fund
P.O. Box 71, Springfield KY 40069-0071
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