Ronald Gene Blanchard, longtime resident of Bucktown, passed away at his home in Independence on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the age of 85. He was born on March 17, 1935, in Fordoche, Louisiana, the son of the late Wilbur V. Blanchard and Bonita Montet Blanchard. Ronald was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, and a passionate Saints fan.

Ronald is survived by his four daughters, Kelle Robichaux (Ronald Jr.), Susan Collins (Lee), Jeanie Villafranco (Brian Jr.), and Sally Trapani (Jacob); grandchildren, Nicole, Ronald III, Jeremy, Shannon, Brian III, Jacob Jr., and Jordan; a host of great grandchildren; sister, Patricia Powell (aka FPOS); and niece, Angel Lavigne.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Julie Hessen Blanchard, and grandson, Michael.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care and Bridgeway Hospice for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that everyone say a prayer for Ronald and his family.

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