Robert Blanc, 85, of Pendleton, died on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at Suttle Care. Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, October 13, at 7 PM at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop funeral home. A Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, October 14 at 10 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton, followed by a vault interment service at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla at 3 PM.
Mr. Blanc was born February 4, 1926, in Pasco, Washington, to Joseph and Georgina Blanc, and is one of nine children. In 1935 the family moved to Walla Walla, where he graduated from St. Patrick's Catholic High School in 1944. He served in the Army Air corps during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific theatre. He married Merle Poole of Washington D.C. on November 17, 1951. Robert and Merle moved to Touchet, Washington, where he wheat farmed and raised cattle until moving to Pendleton in 1965. He owned and operated Pioneer Implement Corp. with John Deere dealerships in Pendleton, Hermiston, and The Dalles area until he retired in 1996.
Mr. Blanc was active in the community. He was a long-time Rotary Club member and served on their board and many other committees. He also served as a Pendleton Round-Up volunteer for many years. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church and served on its governing board, the Parrish Council. He was an original board member and past president of the St. Mary's Outreach.
He is preceded in death by his son, Duane, died in 1991, and his wife, Merle, died in 2008, after being married for 57 years. He is also preceded in death by four siblings; Joseph Jr., Mary Louise, Albert, and Raymond Blanc.
He is survived by four sons and their families which includes: Bob & Carol of Pendleton, and grandchildren John, Kristen, and Michael; Jim & Rosie of Incline Village, Nevada, and grandchildren Georgina and Andre; Larry & Sally of Pendleton, and grandsons Andy and Joey; David & Shawna of Pendleton and grandsons Nicholas and Zachary.
Surviving siblings include: Marcel Blanc of Waitsburg, Washington; Agnes Long of Livingston, Montana; Elizabeth Howard of Seattle; and Virginia Campbell of Atlanta.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary's Outreach c/o Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop, 131 SE Byers Avenue, Pendleton, OR 97801.