OBITUARY

Marion "Bud" Blanch

May 6, 1938July 20, 2021

EAST PEORIA ~ Bud Blanch, 83, of East Peoria, passed away at 4:51 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at his home.

Born May 06, 1938 in Peoria to Robert Blanch and Rose (Marsh) Gold, he married Shelby Blanch on February 16, 1957. She passed away in May 1999. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kenny Blanch; one great-grandchild, Ashton and three daughters-in-law, Dee, Diane and Bev Blanch. Surviving are four sons, Terry (Carol) Blanch, Ronny Blanch, Kim Blanch and Jeff (Debbie) Blanch all of East Peoria; two daughters, Jennifer Blanch of East Peoria and Monica (David) Drake of Portland, Texas; 16 grandchildren, Melody, Holly, Amy, Melissa, Michael, Buddy, Rachael, Amanda, Justin, Brooke, Tiffany, Timothy, Brian, Brayden, Brody and Shelby; 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Bud was a veteran of the United States Army.

He worked as a foundry worker and laborer at Brass Foundry Co. for many years. In his earlier years Bud was an avid bowler, later in life he enjoyed playing bingo. He also enjoyed fishing and had a talent for repairing early televisions. Most of all he loved to spend time with his family.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. There will be no services at this time. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.

Memorial may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61637.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com .

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Dianna Peters

July 22, 2021

The best years of my life were spent at the Blanch house with Shelby, Bud and the kids! Loved them all. Bud was such a hard working man and a good provider for his family. He loved Shelby and his family more than anything. I am so glad he is in Heaven now with his angel of a wife. I look forward to the day l will see them again!

Leah Gladden (Huntley)

July 21, 2021

As a child Bud would always be watching all of us from his window. He would yell and pick at us. But we all knew that he cared so much about all us neighborhood kids. As we got older, he would ask us for cigarettes all the time, of course we gave him some. Man, I bet the neighborhood misses his whistle. 💕

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Susan Morrison

July 21, 2021

To my brother you will be missed, I loved our talks we had at Bingo and on the ride to take you home occasionally. There have been many things we've shared over the years, I will truly miss you and your sense of humor gone but never forgotten may you RIP.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY