John H. Blanchard, 84, Fargo, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Villa Maria.

John was born January 17, 1929 in Grand Forks, ND to John and Delores Blanchard.  He grew up in Grand Forks.  John graduated from St. James High School in 1946.  He enlisted in the Navy where he served from 1946-1948.  After he was honorably discharged he moved to Fargo where he attended NDSU.  John married Ione Mickelson on April 7, 1951 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo.  In 1952 he began working for Sweeney Brothers Tractor Company as a parts manager.  He retired in 1995. 

He enjoyed fishing.  He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, where he enjoyed card playing.

John is survived by his children, Jennifer (Phil) McShane, Fargo, John R. (Shelly) Blanchard, Fargo; siblings, Don, ,Moorhead, Richard (Jerri), Grays Lake, IL, Wayne (JoAnne), Fargo, James, Garden Grove, CA, 7 grandchildren; Ryan McShane, Ross McShane, Luke McShane, Josh (McKayla)  Blanchard, Ashley Blanchard, Meghan Kessler, Tanner Blanchard; and 2 great-grandchildren, Dylan McShane and Macy McShane.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ione and son, Robert.

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