Charles R. Blanchard Sr., 83, of Brunswick, Ohio, formerly of Mingo Junction, Ohio, and Kingsland, passed away Friday June 29, 2018, at the Southwest Residential Hospice in Strongsville, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 13, 1934 in Georges Run, Ohio, the son of the late Rexford and Pauline I. (Engler) Blanchard Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Rexford O. Blanchard Jr. and Glenn Arden Blanchard Sr.; and a sister, Norma Dean.

Charles retired in 1991 after working for 28 years as a stationary engineer for Ohio Edison Co. at the Stratton Plant. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Kingsland and also the New Beginnings Baptist Church in Toronto, Ohio, where he was very active in church work. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge No. 471 in Irondale, Ohio. 

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Barbara Ann “Pat” (Flesher) Blanchard, whom he married Feb. 18, 1957; a son, Charles R. (Donna) Blanchard Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Cheryl (Lowell) Strick of Middleburg Heights, Ohio; two sisters, Nancy (John) Carmen of Toronto, Ohio, and Helen Edith Jarman of Brunswick, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Charles Blanchard III, Tom Blanchard, Sedona Strick and Ethan Strick; and two great-grandchildren, Vanessa and Valerie Blanchard.

Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 2, at the Wheeler Funeral Home in Mingo Junction where his funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, with Dr. Lawrence Kimball officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at New Alexandria Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice Services of Southwest General, in care of the Southwest Community Health Foundation, 18697 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

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