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  • Visitation:  10-11 a.m.  Thursday, April 9, 2009
  • Funeral:  11:00 a.m.  Thursday, April 9, 2009

Paul Emerson Blodgett, age 85, formerly of Greenville, passed away Palm Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Bunch Woodview Center of the Cornerstone Retirement Community in Texarkana, Texas.

The son of Harry & Sadie (Redmond) Blodgett, he was born on Nov. 14, 1923 in Owosso. With his mother and step-father, Frank Thompson, he lived in Greenville as a young child, until the family moved to the state of Wyoming in search of employment prior to the Great Depression.

Eventually they returned to Greenville where Paul worked as one of the first non-family employees at Meijer. While there he meet his future wife, Evalyn Hansen.

Paul then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard several battleships and destroyers in the South Pacific during World War II. He and Evalyn corresponded all the while and upon his return from the war, they were married on Dec. 22, 1945 at the First Congregational Church in Greenville.

They then moved to the Lansing area and Paul worked many years for the State Highway Department (MDOT) as a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Blodgett had a very green thumb and loved gardening with his family. They also enjoyed being on the water-camping, boating and fishing. He and Evalyn taught their kids to work hard, explore their talents and be productive citizens. We will all miss him very much.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Evalyn Blodgett; their three children, Marcia & Morris Hodgson, Chuck & Margaret Blodgett, all of Mena, Arkansas, and Paula Teek & Danny Miller, of Port OConnor, Texas; four grandchildren, Paul Blodgett and Dorin Blodgett, both of Wyoming, Rachel Caraway, Benjamin & Angie Caraway; a great granddaughter, Callie Caraway, all of Texas; two sisters-in-law, Marcia Corey and Inez Taylor, both of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10-11 a.m. The Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate.  Burial, with military honors rendered by the U.S. Navy, will follow at Little Denmark Cemetery, Gowen.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Flat River Community Library are available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Mr. Blodgetts online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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