Otto (Buddy) Blankle 80, of St Petersburg, passed away February 24, 2010. Born in Philadelphia, PA on October 14, 1929, he moved to St Petersburg as a child. Upon retiring from the US Army Field Band as 1st Chair Trombone in 1968, he returned to St Petersburg to begin a second career as a trombone instructor at Bringe Music, Breck Music and St Petersburg College. He also played with the Sunshine City Band and the Derby Lane Band. Otto is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carol; daughter Carlene Blankle; daughter Pam Broucinek and her husband Jan; step-son Greg McMahon and his wife Jackie; step-daughter Jill Clark and her husband Darren; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.