Richard J. Bland Sr., 86, of 2864 East Ave. Greenhurst, N.Y., passed away at 11:10 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, in the Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility.
A lifelong area resident, he was born March 25, 1928, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Roy James and Jennie Foster Bland.
He was a 1946 graduate of Jamestown High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from Sept. 24, 1946 to Feb. 12, 1948, in Japan following World War II.
Before his retirement, he was employed by Sprinchorn Incorporated from 1952-88. In earlier years, he had worked for the former Watson Manufacturing Company.
Richard was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion, War Vets Recreation Club, the Ingjald Lodge 65 Independent Order of the Vikings, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, and the former AMVETS Post. He was also a youth baseball coach for several years while his sons were growing up.
He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events and playing golf, especially as he spent the winter months in Florida.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marion Carlson, whom he married May 3, 1952, in the Immanuel Lutheran Church; two sons: Richard J. (Holley) Bland, Jr., and Randall J. Bland, both of Bemus Point, N.Y.; four grandchildren: Ross J. (Nissa) Bland of Greenhurst, Adrienne M. (Mike) Candiotti of Cortland, Ohio, Ramsey J. (Elise) Bland of Jamestown, and Reid J. Bland of Silver Creek, N.Y.; a great-grandson, Rowan Bland; and a sister, Dorothy B. Anderson of Pittsburgh, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced by the Lind Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 556 E. Second St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Richard at www.lindfuneralhome.com.