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  • ID: I08197
  • Name: Joseph Ignatz Bilskie
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 JUL 1918 in Knox County, Indiana
  • Death: 25 MAY 2004 in Knox County, Indiana
  • Burial: AFT 25 MAY 2004 Knox County, Indiana (Mt Calvary Cemetery)
  • Note:

    1920 Census of Knox County Indiana - Johnson Twp - page 86a - Household 42-43
    Bilskie, George A. Head m w 40 m IN Prussia IN Farmer General
    Estella Wife f w 32 m IN IN IN
    Austin Son m w 12 s IN IN IN
    Victor Son m w 9 s IN IN IN
    Clement Son m w 7 s IN IN IN
    Cleophas Dau f w 6 s IN IN IN
    Veronica Dau f w 4 s IN IN IN
    Philomena Dau f w 2 s IN IN IN
    Joseph Son m w 1 s IN IN IN
    John Father m w 73 wd Prussia Prussia Prussia

    Vincennes Sun-Commercial (IN) - May 26, 2004 Deceased Name: Joe Bilskie Sr. - Cub League co-founder Bilskie dies. It was fitting that baseball was not played in Vincennes Tuesday, the day that a longtime friend of Vincennes baseball passed away.Vincennes Cub League co-founder Joe Bilskie Sr. died Tuesday at age 85. Seemingly on cue, heavy rain fell on area diamonds and rained out Cub League and area high school games. Bilskie had been associated with Cub League as a co-founder, coach and friend since helping organize the league in 1958. The league's fourth diamond, constructed in 1987, is named Joe Bilskie Sr. Field. "Joe Bilskie loved God, his family, his country and his baseball," Cub League President Kirk Bouchie said this morning. "Several generations of Vincennes and Knox County kids have benefited greatly from Joe's passion for the game of baseball. "Thousands of volunteers have made the Vincennes Cub League what it is today, but none stand as tall in our history as Joe Bilskie Sr.," Bouchie said. "His kind personality, his can-do attitude and his youthful enthusiasm will long be an inspiration for all of us." Bilskie coached the Bilskie Farm Supply Team for 26 years before retiring in 1984. He assisted with building and renovating diamonds, with coaches and managers and always was available for numerous smaller projects.
    In 1991, Bilskie was an assistant coach for the 12-year-old Bambino All-Stars that finished in the final four of the World Series at Pueblo, Colo. League games during the first year of 1958 were held on three separate diamonds in different areas of Vincennes. In 1961, the Eagles Lodge permitted Cub League to use property on South 15th Street so that games could be played in one location. In 1966 the Cub League moved to its present home, now bearing the address 714 Bambino Drive, after acquiring land from the city. Three new diamonds were built. The fourth diamond - Bilskie Field - was added in 1987 and became the site for the 1995 Ohio Valley Regional, the 1998 Bambino World Series and the 2001 10- and 12-year-old Cal Ripken World Series. This summer it will host the 12-year-old Ohio Valley Regional and the 10-year-old Ripken Series. A fifth diamond, Veterans Field, was constructed in 1995 on adjacent property. That field hosted the 1999 Ohio Valley Regional for 13-year-olds. Bilskie was inducted to the Indiana Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1998, he received the Vincennes Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. Even late in life Bilskie remained active at Cub League and during games could be found in his usual spot - in a chair behind the backstop near home plate on the third base side. "We lost a great friend on Tuesday," Bouchie said. "We will all miss Joe." Bilskie was born July 26, 1918 and was one of 10 children. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, whom he married in 1945. That had five children, and late in life he enjoyed watching his many grandchildren participate in all sports.

    Vincennes Sun-Commercial (IN) - May 27, 2004 - Joseph I. "Joe" Bilskie Sr., 85, 1202 N. 13th St., Vincennes, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Bridge Pointe Health Campus. He was born July 26, 1918, in Vincennes, the son of George and Stella Carey Bilskie. He was one of the first draftees from Vincennes to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served most of his 44 months of service in the South Pacific. In March of 2004, 59 years after he was discharged, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Army. His love of baseball and children prompted him along with other interested citizens of Vincennes to organize Cub League Baseball in 1956. He continued his association with Cub League until his illness. He was voted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1988 and received the "Sagamore of the Wabash" award in 2002. In 1983, he retired from the business he and his wife owned, Bilskie Farm Supply. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth (Wichman) Bilskie; five children and their spouses, Diane and Stan Hohl of Jasper, Joe and Donna Bilskie of Vincennes; Jim Bilskie and Cindy Hall of Logan, Utah, Joyce Halter of Evansville and Janice and Will Fisher of Vincennes. He and Ruth were blessed with 12 grandchildren, Stacey Fischer, Eric Bilskie, Beth Newton, Matt Bilskie, Jenny, Emily and Karli Bilskie (and their mother, Janet), Danielle, Nick and Brent Halter, Jenna and Kara Fisher and Anna Hall. They also have four great-grandchildren, Jayden Beshears, Payne Collins, Lacey Newton and Tyler Bilskie. He is also survived by three sisters, Roberta Dailey and Elizabeth Hennon, both of Vincennes and Theresa Thompson of Rio Linda, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Victor, Austin, Clement and Tony Bilskie; and four sisters, Emma Bilskie, Philomena Bilskie Nowaskie, Veronica Bilskie Bloebaum and Cleo Bilskie Hubers. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. David Fleck officiating. The procession will be taken to the Joe Bilskie Baseball Field for a short memorial service and Military Honors. He will be laid to rest in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home where a memorial service will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to St. John Catholic Church Building Fund, to the Vincennes Cub League or charity of choice. A World War II veteran, he only recently was awarded the Bronze Star. Arrangements are pending at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home.

    Father: George Anthony Bilskie b: 18 FEB 1876 in Knox County, Indiana
    Mother: Stella M. Carie b: OCT 1888 in Knox County, Indiana

    Marriage 1 Ruth Wichman b: ABT 1920
    • Married: 7 NOV 1945 in Knox County, Indiana 1
    1. Has No Children Living Bilskie
    2. Has No Children Living Bilskie
    3. Has No Children Living Bilskie
    4. Has No Children Living Bilskie
    5. Has No Children Living Bilskie

    1. Title: Knox County Indiana Marriages, 1921-1945. KCP Library Vincennes

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