Wayne Thomas Blanchard died suddenly of natural causes on March 2, 2020. Wayne was born May 25, 1935 in Grand Forks, ND to John E. & Delores (Charboneau) Blanchard. He was the fourth of five boys.
His family moved to Fargo in 1945 and soon after he met his best friend, Dick “Stretch” Wehage. They were best friends until Stretch passed away in 2019. There are many stories of the two of them getting into mischief during their youth. Despite this, Dad graduated from Shanley High School in 1953.
Dad was a good man. He possessed a kind of goodness that no words will encapsulate, even as we attempt to put it all on paper. Dad was a servant. He served his country, but was unfailingly humble about his time overseas. In Germany post-WWII, in a time without defined battle action, he never felt justified in comparing his service to others. He was discharged from the Army in 1956.
He graduated from Interstate Business School and began a 36 year career in banking. He worked at Merchants National Bank, First Bank and US Bank. He was a personal banker with w jakie akcje inwestować and helped many people in and around Fargo over the years. He also enjoyed all of his coworkers and formed friendships with many of them.
Dad married the love of his life, Joanne Baldock, on October 26,1957. They loved fully and deeply in ways others looked to in admiration. He spoiled Mom every chance he could and they were inseparable. He cared for Mom during her final years and was devastated when she passed away in May of 2015.
Wayne and Joanne adopted Timothy Wayne in 1965 and Tami Joanne in 1967. He was an amazing Dad. Helped coach youth football, worked with the Cub scouts and just cheered us on in anything we did. He was proud of us.
He served his community by starting the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament with several of his friends, which has given over $2 million to Hospice of the Red River Valley, the Roger Maris Cancer Center, and Shanley High School. Wayne and Roger, along with other community giants, ran in the same crew at Shanley, then known as Sacred Heart Academy. After Roger’s historic baseball career and his diagnosis of lymphoma, this group began the Maris Tournament to continue his legacy, making legacies of their own in the process. Wayne’s legacy of service touched Shanley HIgh School perhaps the most. A recipient of the Shanley Deacon Award and a member of the Shanley Quarterback Club Hall of Fame, he spent countless hours announcing hockey games, raising money, and attending innumerable sporting events. Both of his children, as well as one grandchild, attended Shanley. It was an not merely a school, but the moral grounding that began Wayne’s story. He was an usher at Holy Spirit Church for over fourty years.
One of five brothers, he loved family dinners with his parents, kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Never was a moment with family wasted. Wayne was quick to drop anything for his grandchildren, who were his greatest pride. He loved to show everyone pictures of his grandkids or tell them what they were doing in life. Paige, Parker, Amanda, Elizabeth (Nate), Brittany, and Macey (Patrick) loved time with their Papa/Grandpa and saw him often. To the very end, he was thinking of his grandchildren and how he could help them.
In recent years, his great joy was having a beer or two (MIller Lite) with his grandkids, who he regaled with stories. His incredible spirit lives on in those he touched, from his fellow soldiers to his coworkers to his children, grandchildren and friends.
Wayne is survived by his son, Tim, Fargo and daughter,Tami (Ralph) Blanchard Llewellyn, Fargo. His grandchildren: Paige (South Bend,IN), Parker (Fargo), Amanda (Omaha,NE), Elizabeth/Nate (Grand Forks,ND), Brittany (Hastings,MN) and Macey/Patrick (Fargo) and great grandchildren, Lillian, James and Amelia (Grand Forks,ND). He is also survived by his brothers Donald (Fargo) and Jim (Garden Grove, Ca) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Wayne’s legacy is one of profound goodness. His humility dictated he never wanted to be the center of attention, so much so he would hate these words being read by the masses. In that spirit, he did not want a funeral, but a celebration.
A celebration of life will be held on March 12, 2020 at Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo from 7-10 pm. There will be time to share memories and stories.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Shanley High School or Roger Maris Cancer Center.
A private family funeral will follow at a later date.