Robert Blanford Jr.

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Blanford, Robert H. Jr.

Montrose, Michigan

Our dedicated father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at Select Specialty Hospital Saginaw. He was 76 years old. Robert H. Blanford Jr. was born on May 13, 1947 in Saginaw to the late Robert H. Sr. and Nancy (Wickes) Blanford. Robert grew up in Montrose and studied at Montrose High School and then graduated from Pine Crest Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He proudly served his country with the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1969. He married Dalene Ferris on May 11, 1974, and they had four beautiful daughters together and have remained lifelong friends. Rob enjoyed working at his family’s western store “Kee-Wah-Din” Farms in Montrose, raising hogs, horses and chickens. He loved to spend time with his family, wintering in Florida, farming at the family farm and watching U of M football. Rob will forever be remembered for his ability to create lifelong relationships and having a great conversation.

Rob’s witty and fun sense of humor will be greatly missed by his daughters: Terra Pajchl, Tonya (Brian) Cook, Trista (Andrew) VanWormer and Tori (Justin) Seymour; grandchildren: Stella and Lucie Pajchl; Connor and James McLaughlin; sister, Ruth (Hal) Wattles; and extended family and dear friends.

Rob was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Camden A. Blanford.

In keeping with Rob’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held in the summer of 2024. A private committal and military honors under the auspices of the United States Air Force will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to the American Lung Association, Arrangements have been entrusted to the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State), Saginaw, MI 48603. Please share your thoughts and memories through


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1947 - 2023

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