Robert Blanc

Robert W. Blanc, age 73, of Minerva, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in the Alliance Community Care Center.

He was born Oct. 11, 1939 in Canton to Bob and Kate (Work) Blanc.

Mr. Blanc retired from Blackhawk Industries where he was a supervisor. He graduated from Minerva High School and was a US Marine during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was a member of the Minerva VFW Post #4120 where he was a member of the championship drill team. He was also a member of the Minerva Eagles Aerie #2199 and the Malvern American Legion Post #375. He was an avid golfer and bowler and loved his Buckeyes and Browns.

He is survived by a daughter, Christine McClain of Minerva, 2 sons, Robert D. (Connie) Blanc of Canton and Chuck (Bev) Shandor of Atwood, sister, Mary Jane (Bob) Collins of Malvern and a brother, Dave Blanc of Fairfield, Montana, his favorite sister-in-law always, Lynne Krusi of Power, Montana, and lifelong best friend, John Alexander, 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 3 nieces and a nephew.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 am in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva with Mr. Dale Roberts officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in East Lawn Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 12 noon to 2 pm at the funeral home.

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A special thanks to the Alliance Community Care Center where he received outstanding care by outstanding people. Also, Alliance Visiting Nurses who gave him excellent care while he was still at home and to Alliance Hospice who helped us care for him in the end.