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Walter L. Blodgett Sr., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 25, 2024. He was 90 years old.

The son of the late Walter and Eva Blodgett, he was born in Springfield, Vermont on January 14, 1934. Walter was predeceased by his son Walter L. Blodgett, Jr. as well as his parents and siblings. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 70 years, Florence I. Blodgett (Darling) and his daughters Florence N. Whitford (Martin), June E. Feller (Jeffrey), Patricia D. Van Buren, and Mary G. Nann. Walter also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly.

Walter was a man of unwavering faith, deep wisdom, and few words.

After completing high school in 1951 he went off to college at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. In September 1953, Walter married his sweetheart, Florence and they moved to Freeville, NY to live and work. He continued his seminary education at Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, NY. In 1956 he joined the Air Force where he spent time in San Antonio, TX, Belleville, IL, Myrtle Beach, SC, Orlando, FL, and South Korea until his honorable discharge in 1960. In the following years Walter wore many hats including; television repairman, dry cleaner, salesperson, truck driver/owner, and school teacher/principal.

Walter loved his family, fishing, music, and sports, especially the Yankees. He spent many years coaching high school basketball, leaving a lasting impression on his players. He was a member, deacon, Sunday School teacher, and choir director at Brooktondale Baptist Church for many decades.

A service in celebration of Walter’s life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Brooktondale Baptist Church, 2311 Slaterville Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850.

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