Eddie J. "Buddy" Blanchard, 82, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the Louisiana War Veteran's Home in Jackson, LA on Thursday afternoon, January 10, 2013.
He was born March 3, 1930. Buddy was a native of Donaldsonville and a resident of Port Allen. Visiting was at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Brusly, on Monday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., celebrated by Father Matt Lorrain. There was a recitation of the rosary at 8:30 a.m. by the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters. Entombment in the church cemetery. Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Loretta Webre Blanchard; one daughter and son-in-law, Lori Blanchard Black and Paul Black of Port Allen; two sons and daughters-in-laws Mark and Jamie LeMoine Blanchard of Brusly, Brian and Jennifer Ensey Blanchard of Tallahassee; eleven grandchildren: Niki Blanchard Gillikin and husband Mike of Brusly, Tina Blanchard and Jake Blanchard of Addis; Brennan, Julia, and Sheila Blanchard of Tallahassee, FL; Nathan, Nicholas, Hope, Christian, and Benjamin Black of Port Allen, LA; and one great-grandchild, Kaden Gillikin. He is preceded in death by his mother Lillie "Mamou" Carbo Blanchard, his father, Eddie Blanchard; and two sisters Helen Russell and Elsie Hands. Pallbearers will be Jake and Brennan Blanchard, Nathan, Nicholas, and Paul Black, and Mike Gillikin. Honorary Pallbearer is Gage Tanner.
Buddy was a 4 year US Navy Veteran, during the Korean conflict, where he served on the USS Huntington. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly, the Knights of Columbus, and was an usher for many years. He faithfully attended Manresa each year for over 25 years before he became ill. Buddy was the "World's Greatest Grandpa" and was very close to all of his grandchildren. He was a man of character and integrity, always willing to lend a helping hand, and always bringing a smile to our faces. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Louisiana War Veteran's Home in Jackson for their care and compassion, and Life Source Hospice of Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly or the Louisiana War Veteran's Home in Jackson, LA.