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Rodney H. Blanchard

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Rodney H. “Herbie” Blanchard, 61, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, June 17, 2013.
Born March 28, 1952 in Olean, NY, he was a son of Herbert T. and Mary E. Elniskey Blanchard.  

He was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Shinglehouse, class of 1970 and a graduate of Olean Business Institute.

Rodney had various jobs throughout the years.  He had been employed at Dresser Rand in Olean for several years.  He later moved to Florida where he was employed as a security guard.  After returning to Shinglehouse, he was employed as a security guard at the Olean Center Mall.  At the time of his death, Rodney was employed as a residential program worker for many years for Dickinson Center, Inc. in Coudersport.
He was a lifelong member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse where he had served as a Eucharistic minister.  He enjoyed listening to music, singing karaoke, playing golf, and visiting with his many friends.
Surviving are many cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, Rodney was predeceased by a sister, Bonnie E. Blanchard.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 11 AM in St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse with the Rev. Thomas E. Brown, Pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
Memorials may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church, PO Box 277, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.


I didn't know Rodney well, but I remember his smile lighting up the room the last time I saw him after my grandmother passed away (Oct,2000) He was a kind man & I feel lucky to have met him... I was sad to hear of his passing and extend my sincerest condolences to his family during this difficult time. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

*When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know. ~Anonymous

cousin Ken Parks' daughter - Shannon McMahon Jun 25 2013 12:00 AM

You were a life long friend. A man with a heart of gold and a kind word for everyone you met. People like you are so hard to find these days. I pray that you are reunited with your mom, dad, and sister in heaven. I think that Wolfman Jack will have a new best buddy there as well. Till we meet again my friend.

Rodney Klesa Jun 24 2013 12:00 AM

RIP dear friend we will meet again on day!

Lyra Natzle Torrey Jun 22 2013 12:00 AM

I will miss our phone conversations, Rod, and it is really a disappointment that your long anticipated trip to Charleston won't be taking place.  Thanks for being a kind, attentive friend and cousin.  May God bles you and may all of us who were touched by your friendship never forget the positive influence you had on our lives.

Cousin Ted Jun 22 2013 12:00 AM

You were the most caring, loving, giving, kind hearted guy...It was so important to you to keep in touch with all your cousins..you will truly be missed...the love and care you gave in taking care of Aunt Mary was truly amazing..we will miss you so much...

cousin Deb (Parks) Piccirillo Jun 22 2013 12:00 AM

Herb you will be missed by so many. You touched the lives of more people than you would ever have known. Even as children you always had a summer Muscular Dystrophy carnival to help those with this disease. Your heart was always full of love and caring for others. I guess it was time for you to be with Bonnie, your Mom and Dad again. We here that are left behind had the honor to call you a friend. Rest in peace our friend.

Dave and Kathy Garrity Jun 21 2013 12:00 AM

No more phone calls Hard to believe!!!! We talked weekly!
Last time we talked you didn't sound good & said you Love Me!!!
I told you I love you too!
Yes, I'm crying because I will miss you but I know you are with your mom, dad & "BONNIE"!
Such precious memories will always be with me from our trip to Nashville.
You reminded me of a kid at Disney Land.  
RIP  Love, from your cousin Mary

Mary Ogle Jun 21 2013 12:00 AM

I will miss seeing you on my trips home. You were always a friend to everyone. Peace be with you, Herbie.

Gina Shall Jun 21 2013 12:00 AM

Deepest Sympathy to the family.  I worked with Rodney in Coudersport @ Adelphia.  He always had a smile and a story to tell, he will be missed.

Caron Peruccio Jun 21 2013 12:00 AM

RIP to a very special friend. Until we meet again may the Lord's peace be with you.

Mugsie and Foggy Jun 20 2013 12:00 AM

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