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3/25/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Robert Blanche
Robert Blanche
Robert "Bob" Joseph Blanche of Eldridge died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Funeral services will be at St. Ann Catholic Church, Long Grove, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2.

Visitation is Monday, April 1, 4-7 p.m., at the church and one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born in rural Grand Mound, March 23, 1925, to Barney and Lillian Blanche. He married Ruth Twigg at St. Ann Catholic Church Oct. 16, 1946. She died Dec. 21, 1994.

Bob was owner and operator of R.J. Blanche Trucking, Eldridge, for over 40 years, selling the business and retiring in 1988. In his retirement he continued to drive truck for Amhof Trucking until 1998.

He served the city and community of Eldridge as mayor, city council member, park board member and a member of the fire department for 26 years, including six years as chief.

He has been a member of St. Ann Catholic Church for over 68 years.

Bob enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family and friends

He is survived by his children, Judy (Roger) Kirby and Butch (Marianne) Blanche, all of Eldridge, and Jackie (Terry) Wilcox of Long Grove; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Bill (Alberta) of Eldridge.

Memorials be made to St. Ann Catholic Church, the Eldridge Fire Department or the North Scott Food Pantry.

He was preceded in death by a son, a grandson and a sister.

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