January 22, 1934 – September 4, 2020
Richard Eldon Blanchard passed away peacefully at home in Eastern Washington, on September 4th, 2020. Family and friends were at his side.
Richard was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 23rd, 1934, to Georgia J. Blanchard and Eldon L. Blanchard. He graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 1960 and enjoyed a long career in dentistry.
Richard married the love of his life, Margaret E. Cluchey, on June 19, 1965. They had a daughter, Jennifer, in 1968 and a second daughter, Ann Marie, in 1971. Richard was always a lover of anything outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with Margaret going on adventures.
This lead to he and Margaret moving to their ranch on Bouchie Lake. Along with hunting and fishing, they raised Black Angus cattle. They found the farm an idyllic place to raise their daughters.
Richard and Margaret both obtained their pilot’s license in 1976 and purchased a float plane. Richard loved flying and did so for 40 years. Many of the adventures he took his family on, involved camping and fishing trips to places not reachable by any other vehicle.
Richard made many good friends at Bouchie Lake and while practicing Dentistry in Quesnel. It was a very happy time in he and his family’s life. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, 2 daughters, a son in law, 3 grandchildren and numerous cousins.
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