The Daily Star
---- — Ernest Blanchard Jr.
SCHENEVUS — Ernest Blanchard Jr., 51, passed away Sept. 12, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, after battling cancer for nine years.
He was born Oct. 26, 1961, in Decatur, the son of Ernest and Mary Ann (Wilcox) Blanchard.
Ernie graduated from Worcester Central School, Class of 1980.
He was a 13-year United States Navy veteran. He was deployed to the Desert Storm and the Lebanon conflicts and served aboard the USS Nimitz and the USS Connole.
Ernie married Misty Roberts on March 9, 1985, in Marshfield, Maine.
Ernie was an HVAC Technician for both, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and currently Amphenol in Sidney. He was member of the C.H. Graham Hose Co. in Schenevus.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bud also enjoyed picking on his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Misty Blanchard of Schenevus; children, Christopher Beal (Shelly) of Brunswick, Maine, Ernest Blanchard III (Mylea) of Schenevus and Keith Blanchard of Buffalo; grandchildren, Andrew, Samuel, Madison and Emma; his mother, Mary Ann Eherrman (Richard) of Obenburg; brother, Bob Blanchard (Cindy); sisters, Bridgette West (Rick) and Bonnie Abbott (Larry); sisters-in-law, Christy Canane and Dorothy Riley (Vinnie); a mother-in-law, Sheila Roberts; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends Myron and Kathleen Stevens.
He was predeceased by his father; two brothers and a sister.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the E.J. Skinner Co. Funeral Chapel in Worcester.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Judith A. Thistle, officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Worcester.
Donations may be made to the C.H. Graham Hose Co., P.O. Box 116, Schenevus, NY 12155.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.skinnerfuneralchapel.com.
The E.J. Skinner Co., 155 Main St., Worcester, is assisting the family.