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Harold Blanchette, 77

Harold Albert Blanchette, age 77, of Howard Lake, passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at his home.

He was born April 18, 1941, in Howard Lake, the son of Leo and Florence (Mielke) Blanchette.

Harold was a lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, where he was baptized May 4, 1941; and confirmed April 3, 1955. As a member of St. James, he served on several boards.

Harold and Karen Blanchette began their 56 years of married life Dec. 23, 1961. They were blessed with two sons, Harold Blanchette Jr., and Darrin Blanchette Sr.

Harold is survived by his wife, Karen; his sons, Harold (LuAnn) Blanchette Jr., and Darrin Blanchette, Sr.; grandchildren Daisy Blanchette, Darrin (Ariel) Blanchette Jr., and Lilyann Blanchette; brother Virgil (Georgiene) Blanchette; sisters Judy (Vern) Rasmussen, and RuthAnn Blanchette; and mother-in-law, Marie Longfors.

He is further survived by brothers-in-law Robert (Rachelle) Schultz, Wayne Schultz, and Harold (Michelle) Schultz; and sisters-in-law Marilyn Schultz, and Judy Hassenstab.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Florence (Mielke) Blanchette; and a sister, Eileen Olcott.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

There was visitation Tuesday, July 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Howard Lake; and continuing Wednesday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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