Gary A. Blang, 68, of Morton , Washington, passed away on June 26th, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born August 9th, 1943, in Black River Falls , Wisconsin . He graduated from Fairchild High School , Fairchild , WI , in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army as a Motorman from 1961-1968. He served on active duty from 61-63. Then served in the Reserve from 63-68 and received an Honorable Discharge. Gary was very proud of the unit he served with, the 32nd Infantry Division known as the "Red Arrows". He received multiple metals throughout his military career and met his loving wife Anna while stationed at Fort Lewis . After being discharged from the Army, he worked at Mt. Adams Planer Mill in Randle , WA , before going to work at Cowlitz Stud in Morton, where he eventually retired. During his time at Cowlitz Stud, he also owned and operated Blang Shoe Repair. On June 19, 1965, he married Anna and they resided in Morton until his passing.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Blang of Morton; mother Lucille Springer, of Sun Prairie, WI; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Debra Blang, grandsons Justin and Tyler, currently residing in Olympia WA; daughter and son-in-law, Carman and Bill Tibbits, grandsons Joey and Eric, of Morton, WA; brother Dennis and wife Carol Blang of Monona, WI; sister Barbara and husband Rick Amundson of Eau Claire, WI; sister Janice and husband Bob Lightfoot, of Eau Claire, WI. Also, numerous nieces and nephews who currently reside in Wisconsin . Gary was preceded in death by his father Ernie Blang and step-father, Chuck Springer.
The service was held Monday, July 2, 2012, at Brown Mortuary, in Morton , WA . Burial took place at the Morton Cemetery with his grandsons acting as casket barriers. The luncheon was held at the Tiller Art Center in Morton , WA following the service.
To My Family and Friends
By; Joy Flake
To all my family and friends,
from whom I hear from now and then,
Just wanted to say that I love you
each and everyday.
You fill my heart with love and laughter
and without that nothing else matters,
and all the things that we've been through,
would mean nothing if I didn't have you.
So please take my hand and together
let's make a stand,
to form a bond of love with the help from above,
and not let little things get in the way,
because we may not have another day,
to tell that person I love you,
which we may regret in some way.
Please know that you're in my heart,
and will stay that way and never part.
Just wanted to say, that I love you
and I hope you love me too.