|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1930|
San Diego County
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 2011|
John G. Blanche III, 80, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. John started life in San Diego, on Dec. 13, 1930, as the eldest son of a Navy officer. Formative years were spent in the Orient and at Naval installations on both the East and West coasts.
After his father retired from the Navy, the family settled in Baton Rouge, where he earned a B.S. degree from LSU and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. His distinguished 30-year military career included service in Germany, Korea, India and Vietnam, where he commanded an artillery battalion. Additionally, he had several assignments at the Pentagon, where he worked in the Office of the Director of the Army Budget, the Army Operations Center and in the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserve. Along the way, he obtained a master's degree from Central Michigan University. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Honeywell Institute. Among his military awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, two awards of the Legion of Merit, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Meritorious Service medals and four Air medals.
After his retirement from the Army in May 1981, he served as executive director of the Federal Bar Association until his retirement in February 1997.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara; a son, John and his wife, Gigi, of Fullerton, Calif.; three daughters, Paula, of Hallandale Beach, Fla., Ruth, of Mount Airy, Md., and Carol, of Fairfax, Va. There also are nine grandchildren, Amy, Erin, Taylor W., Abby, Nolan, Emily, Kendall, Taylor B. and Matt; four great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Ayden, Dylan and Gavin; and two brothers, Robert, from Baton Rouge and James, from Hazel Green, Ala. He is also survived by an imaginary friend, Boudreaux, about whom he told many stories.
A memorial Mass will be said at the Church of the Nativity, 6398 Nativity Lane, Burke, VA 22015. Internment with military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Nativity at the above address.
Obituary published in The (Baton Rouge) Advocate on September 8, 2011.
COL US ARMY
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 28, Site 388
Created by: Rita Graves
Record added: Sep 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76168524