John Blaisdell

Last Updated on August 4th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

John Raymond Blaisdell, 92, of Bradford died early morning Monday August 4, 2014 at Courtyard Estates is Bradford, Il.  Born May 19, 1922 in Bradford, Il. to John Raymond and Julia Blessing Blaisdell. He married MaryJean Harrington on June 29, 1946. She died on February 3, 1983. He then married Catherine Code Purtscher on July 7,1984. She died on August 28, 2002.  John was a life long resident of Bradford serving his community well as Mayor of the town, member and President of the Board of Education of Bradford Schools, and various committees at St John the Baptist Catholic Church. John was proud of his career with seed corn industry and was retired from Pioneer Seed Company.  He is survived by Larry (Patricia) Blaisdell of Orland Park, Il., Jerry (Mary) Blaisdell of St. Charles, Il., Julann (Tom) Ferguson of Wheaton, Il., and Chauncey (Lori) Blaisdell of Scottsdale, Az., 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Step-children Patrick Purtscher, John Purtscher , Joe Purtscher , Marian Purtscher, and Ed Purtscher. Also brothers Thomas of Bradford, il. and Robert of Tulsa Oklahoma.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother , Chauncey , 2 sisters Helen Renner and Lillian Terwilliger, and step-son Michael Purtscher.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M. on August 7, 2014 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church with Fr. Vein Van Do officiating The family will receive mourners from 9:30 AM til the time of the funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Bradford.  Memorials may be directed to St John the Baptist Catholic Church or the Bradford Rescue Squad.  Arrangements are being made by Grant- Johnson Funeral Home. Condolences can be left at WWW.grant-johnson