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Ervin "Hank" H. Blanchard, 88, formerly of Ligonier, passed away Friday, July 21, at 1:40 p.m. at Goshen Hospital surrounded by family in Goshen.
He was born Aug. 8, 1928, to Mervin W. and Tora C. (Hull) in Collins.
On Oct. 8, 1948, Hank married Esther Lawson in Kimmell. They spent 50 years together prior to her passing away in 1999.
Hank had quite a lot of interests in his lifetime. After moving to Ligonier in 1955, he spent over 40 years living in Noble County. Upon moving to Goshen, he really cherished the friends he made while living at the Willows.
He worked for 43 years as an office manager at Lyon & Greenleaf/Star of the West in Ligonier. In his earlier years, he really enjoyed bowling and was a good fisherman. He liked to frequent garage sales and spend as much time as he could with his grandchildren. Missy the cat was a true companion to Hank. Ligonier was Hank's home. So many will miss the memories they have created with him.
Surviving are his two sons, David (Marvena Kay) Blanchard, of Maumee, Ohio, and Jerry Blanchard, of Goshen; two grandchildren, Kimberly Blanchard-Hughes and Joseph Blanchard; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Blanchard was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Esther Blanchard; his late second wife of 10 years, Jolene (Gross) Blanchard in 2013; siblings, Norma Jean and Walter Blanchard.
Family and friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South, Ligonier.
A funeral service will be held in Hank's honor Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at Yeager Funeral Home, Brother Mike McDonald will officiate.
Private burial will take place at a later date at Sparta Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Hank's name may be directed to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 as well as the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60707.
Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 23, 2017
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