Richard Frank Blanchet

 United States

  • Date Of Birth: February 19, 1924
  • Date Of Death: May 28, 2017
  • State: Montana

Richard Frank Blanchet slipped quietly from this life early Sunday morning May 28, 2017. He was born February 19, 1924 to Louis Joseph Blanchet and Annie Lilly Clarke in Creston, Montana. Richard was joined two years later by his only sibling sister Grace Louise. She preceded him in death in 2012. They supported each other all of their lives as neither married.

Richard attended Fairview school and graduated from Flathead County High School in 1924. He supported the war effort by farming with his father to help provide for our nation’s troops. He and his father continued to farm and raise cattle after the war.

Richard wrote in a diary every day of his life starting in his 20s as evidenced by the stacks of books. They contained on one page, in tiny concise writing, every action each day including the bananas and cookies eaten. Each day included a detailed account of the weather; temperature, visibility, wind direction, rain, snow, etc. Family members have read the journals learning of life on the farm in winter, mud, heat, cold, with an absence of water, sewer, and electricity.

Richard was at the Immanuel Lutheran Home for a few short years and learned another way of living closely with friends, song, movies, celebrations, and warm food.

He was well liked and his close friends will miss him.

Richard is survived by multiple levels of cousins with Blanchet first cousins, Patricia McClarty and Russell Blanchet. Clarke first cousins, Susan Clarke Kitchen, Harold Clarke, and Ernie Clarke. His second, third, and fourth cousins are numerous and include the recently celebrated Butte Blanchet cousins.

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