Norbert "Rusty" Blanchard

  • Born: August 30, 1926
  • Died: January 15, 2017
  • Location: Lowell, Indiana

Sheets Funeral Home

604 E Commercial Avenue
Lowell, IN 46356
Tel. (219) 696-0921

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Norbert "Rusty" Blanchard
90, of Lowell, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. He is survived by his children, Mary (Greg) Hayes, of MI, Jacqueline Gomez of Hobart, Jeff (Debbie) of Lowell, Michelle (Harry) Unsworth of Shelby, Donna Blanchard of HI, step-children, Dan (Diane) Buche of Crown Point, Laurie (Kendall) Reed and Bob Buche, both of Lowell, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, siblings, Charles (Sally) of KY, Jeannette Mahan of TN, Bernice Finck, Eleanor (Otto) Massow and Nancy Sadler, all of IN.
He was preceded in death by wives, Jeannette and Betty Buche, and a sister Mildred Olson. Rusty was a member of Lowell Trinity Lutheran Church, was active with the Gideon's and was a retired LHS Teacher in the Vocational Automotive Dept., after 25yrs. He was a member and officer of VICA, where his classes went to, and won, many competitions over the years. Visitation, Friday January 20, from 4-8, at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell. Funeral Services, Saturday, 11AM, at his church, 631 W. Commercial Ave. Burial will follow in Lowell Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to his church.


Condolence & Memory Journal

May Rusty rest in peace, surrounded by so much love. Deepest sympathy to Jeff and family.

Posted by Leslie (Mellul) Lembke - Prescott, AZ   January 21, 2017

Growing up in his congregation was an honor. His work and dedication were a constant positive influence and I don't believe it was ever fully possible to express that properly. Stay strong, you're all awesome.

Posted by Brice Burge - Marquette, MI - Friend   January 20, 2017

Rusty was a great person to know and to work with. He was a superior teacher for my sons in auto mechanics and life lessons. Sympathy to all of his family.

Posted by Paula Tilton - lowell, IN - Coworker   January 20, 2017

Prayer for the Blanchard family......

Posted by Cheryl Skinner - Demotte, IN - Acquaintance   January 19, 2017

Thanks be to God that I had a chance to meet Mr Blanchard in high school. He was a good role model for many students. Sympathies to all his family.

Posted by Dan Luebcke - Hobart, IN - Friend   January 18, 2017

Mr. Blanchard was the fantastic instructor, a great boss, and a good friend. He saved my bacon on more than one occasion. He even let me sweep the parking lot for a week for sqeeling my tires . LOL
You were the best Blanchy,
Dan McCarthy,
class of '77

Posted by Dan McCarthy - Galesburg, MI - Student   January 18, 2017

A wonderful neighbor, friend and one of God's special messengers. My deepest sympathy to the children who were raised next door and to my friend Berneice.

Posted by Marcia - Carlson   January 18, 2017

Mr. Blanchard was one of my favorite teachers when I was in the Vocational Auto Program September 1978 through May 1980. He was also a good boss when I worked for the school corporation as a helper for the bus mechanics. I appreciate all he taught me.

Posted by Rick Wilkerson - Indianapolis, IN - Student   January 18, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss. Rusty was a man like no other. His smile and laugh were contagious. He welcomed me into the house as if I was one of his children. He was generous and kind. I'll always remember riding in the back of his school-bus yellow truck that he generously let us use for the "Jesus Christ Superstar" production. He's at peace now.

Posted by Anne (Gayfield) Doyle - South Bend, IN - Family Friend   January 18, 2017

Rusty was a wonderful classy gentleman. I really enjoyed knowing him. God bless him in heaven.

Posted by Carl Johnson - Lowell, IN - Friend   January 18, 2017

You have our deepest sympathy.

Posted by Jane & John Shipley - Lowell, IN   January 18, 2017

Rusty was head of the bus fleet when I started driving a bus in 1978. He was always such a nice person to be around. I really missed him when he retired. Rest in Peace Rusty

Posted by Lynn Vasko Vasko - Lowell, IN - Coworker   January 17, 2017

A good man and one of the best teachers ever. May You R.I.P. Rusty.

Posted by Mike & Fran Steuer - New Concord, KY   January 17, 2017

I have fond memories of Rusty Blanchard during his years at LHS. He was very kind to this new reporter and his excitement about his job and students was palpable.

Posted by Melanie Csepiga - Lowell, IN - Acquaintance   January 17, 2017

A good friend and worker for Christ He will be missed by all

Earl & Ruth Grelck

Posted by Earl Grelck - Fairfield Bay, AR - Friend   January 17, 2017

Dan, Bob and I were honored to have him as our step-dad. We have many wonderful memories of our family times.

Posted by Laurie Reed - Lowell, IN - Family   January 16, 2017

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