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Blanchard, Gary Robert - BM3

Served Aboard: 1966 - 1970


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Gary Robert Blanchard



Gary Robert Blanchard, 69, of Newaygo, formerly of Northville, passed away on December 8, 2016 at home. He was born on May 16, 1947 to Elmer and Florence (Bertodo) Blanchard in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Commerce High School in Springfield Massachuesetts graduating in 1965. He served in the Navy from March 24, 1966 to February 18, 1970 when he was discharged as a BM3. he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors in Marketing. On September 14, 1968 he married Linda McCullough in Springfield, Massachusetts. Gary worked as a Salesperson for Toyoda Machinery in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Warner & Swasey in Worcester, Massachusetts and Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. He was a member of American Legion #381 in Croton. He loved to cook, fish, enjoyed taking his family out on the pontoon boat, and walking with his dog Brody. Gary is survived by his loving wife Linda, two daughters: Shannon (Mike) Mesenbrink of Chandler, Arizona, Carrie (Jeff) Cowdrey of Sparta; four granddaughters: Caitlin Cowdrey, Kennedy Mesenbrink, Madison Mesenbrink, Ashley Cowdrey; two grandsons: Evan Cowdrey, Ryan Mesenbrink; brother John (Deborah) Blanchard of Braintree, Massachusetts; two sisters: Gail Cardaropoli of Peta Luma, California, Joy (Jonah) Cummings of Alexandria, Virginia; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Florence Blanchard, father Elmer Blanchard. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Memorials are suggested to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P. O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Online condolences can be given at