Age 90, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Roseburg, OR. He was born on February 2, 1924, Chilton, MO, to Melvin (Bud) and Gertrude Blanchard. Doc was a Corporal in the Air Force, stationed in Galveston, TX, between World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a major contributor in the building of Interstate 5 from Glendale, Oregon, to the Canadian border, crushing all the rock used in the pavement. As well he spent many years as the machinist for the salmon cannery in Petersburg and Ketchikan, Alaska, retiring at the age of 62. Once back home in Yoncalla, he opened a small engine repair service. Doc loved all things outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, carpentry, welding, and building. But even more than all that Doc loved his family. He went peacefully to rest in the arms of Jesus and his forgone family surrounded by his wife, sister and daughters. Doc is survived by his wife, Lora G. Blanchard; sons: Danny R. (Donna) Rice, Donn L. (Kerry) Spellman; daughters: Susan L. (Sid) Pacheco, Theresa G. (Patrick) Madden, Jennifer L. Blanchard; sister, Edith J. Turner; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren - all who loved his teasing loving ways. He was preceded in death by three of his children: David M. Blanchard, Steven L. Blanchard and Rosalie M. Hillman; and two grandchildren: Karen L. Gordon and Steven R. Gordon. Doc’s life celebration potluck will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Drain Assembly of God, Fellowship Hall.
MH (Doc) Blanchard
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