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Thomas James Blaisdell, 90

August 5, 1926 to February 13, 2017

Thomas James Blaisdell, 90, died early the morning of Monday, February 13, 2017 at home with his family and his cat Tony.

Tom was born south of Bradford, IL on August 5, 1926 to Ray and Julia (Cooney) Blaisdell. He attended a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Bradford High. While War II raged, he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet and subsequently trained as an Aerial Engineer assigned as a Dock Chief over crews working on B-29 aircraft.

Sergeant Blaisdell was with the 20th Air Force and spent two years in the military while serving in Saipan, Tinian and on a base near Manila. In May 2011, almost 65-years after his discharge, he was proud to be a part of the military veterans Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

He married Mary Dorothy Real on Oct. 9, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where he was a life-long member. Tom and his Mary were married 66 years, and throughout his life he often marveled that she had chosen HIM. She preceded him in death on February 17, 2015. His parents, two sisters and two brothers also preceded him.

Tom took great pride in his family that includes four children, Ann (Patrick) Rothery of St. Louis, MO, Mary Lynne (Bud) Herman of Homer Glen, IL, Kathleen (James) Hewitt and James (Cheryl) Blaisdell of Bradford, IL; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren with one due in July. He is also survived by his brother Robert Blaisdell of Tulsa, OK.

Tom farmed his entire life and generously shared the harvest of his apple orchard and large garden with his neighbors. He was a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau and a leader of the Milo Ag 4-H club. He was an avid sports fan and helped to organize softball teams for the girls of Bradford during the 1960s. Always one of the loudest cheerleaders in the stands, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate in their many athletic contests.

The family would like to thank Tom's special caregivers Mary Albrecht, Nancy Colvin, Jacie Hall, Jennifer Moody, Carol Wall, Pat Yager, Crystal Strode and the staff of Preferred Hospice.

Service/Memorial Information

A funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 18, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Bradford, with Father John Cyr officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in the church until the time of Mass. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery in rural Bradford.

Memorials may be directed to St John the Baptist Church, Bradford Rescue Squad, Bradford American Legion or Preferred Hospice, Galva, IL.

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  • prayer"Please accept my condolences. It was a privilege to have known Mr. Blaisdell."Tribute from: Bridget
    February 21, 2017
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  • butterfly"Ann, Lynne, Kathleen & Jim,

    My sympathy goes to all of you and your families at this time. Tom was an established figure in the community and will be remembered by many for his friendliness and love of family. May the memories of Tom be a great comfort to you and your families at this time."
    Tribute from: Pat Ellis Newman
    February 18, 2017
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  • candle"Our condolences are with the Blaisdell family. Tom and Mary Dorothy will be remembered by many Bradford residents for their kindness and commitment to community, family, and certainly to each other."Tribute from: Stan and Mary Crawley
    February 17, 2017
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  • lily"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family."Tribute from: Del and Joanne Holman
    February 16, 2017
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  • lily"Sorry for you lost"Tribute from: Tina Morefield
    February 15, 2017
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  • butterfly"Condolences to the entire Blaisdell family on the loss of Tom. He is now with his beloved Mary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers."Tribute from: Donna Grieve Morgan
    February 15, 2017
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  • lily"I'm sad to hear of Uncle Tom's passing. He was a wonderful man. My God comfort your family in the days ahead."Tribute from: Mary Christy Renner Burr
    February 15, 2017
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