Ishmael N. Bud Boblett

January 29, 1932 ~ November 17, 2022 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Ishmael Neil “Bud” Boblett, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Hammond Henry Hospital – Long Term Care Unit, Geneseo.  Private family services will be held at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory-Geneseo Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery-Geneseo. Online condolences may be left at  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association ( or Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo (


Bud was born on January 29, 1932, in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Dewey and Daphna (Bridges) Boblett.  He graduated from Rantoul Twp. High School where he was an All-State football player and charter member of the Rantoul Twp. High School Hall of Fame with his brother-in-law/teammate, Jack Herbert.  He then attended Illinois State University.  Bud married Elizabeth “Betty” Herbert on August 7, 1952, in Penfield, IL.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force in Korea.  In 1987, he retired after working 32 years for the National Weather Service.  Bud was an avid sports fan who took great joy in his family and their activities throughout their lives.


Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Betty Boblett of Geneseo; children, Vic (Chris) Boblett of Rock Island, Lynne Patterozzi of New Albany, OH, Lane Boblett of Phoenix, AZ, Gail Paulson of Geneseo, and Gary (Janet) Boblett of Marion, IL; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Daphna Boblett; sister and brother-in-law, Twila and Larry Hook.



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