• Keith & Keith Funeral Home
    Yakima, WA
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Cpt. Aaron Roy Blanchard 1981 - 2013
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Friday, January 30, 2015
For Aaron's family: I don't know you and never met Aaron, except on a hunting page on FB. Sounds like he was an amazing man. You may or may not know about Kaziah Hancock in Utah, who paints portraits of our fallen warriors for their families at no charge. No cost. Look her up. But a referall needs to go to her from a family member or close friend. She won't do this without permission, and she'd like the family to pick a photo. Please contact me, or Kaziah directly, if you have a favorite pic of Aaron that you'd like to have as a portrait. If you contact me, I'll just hook you up direct w/ Kaziah. My family thanks Aaron for his service, and we thank YOU for his service -- he could not have achieved all he did without his family. God bless you all.
Friday, December 19, 2014
We would like to express our deepest condolences and to also let the Blanchard Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one, Aaron R. Blanchard US Army Captain. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
God bless and comfort all who grieve his loss. My son is an Aviator who knew Aaron and still misses him and is inspired every day by Aaron, his accomplishments and his loving heart. I wanted you to know that Aaron may be gone but he is definitely not forgotten!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Mrs Blanchard,

I Have a finished Wooden Train for your son and a Cradle for your daughter.
If you would contact me I will send them to you in time for Christmas.

Semper Fi
Kelly Broomall
Friday, October 11, 2013
Mrs. Blanchard,

I'm truly sorry for your loss. My name is Kelly Broomall and we make toys for kids at Christmas and have a special place in our hearts for the children and their families who lose a loved in this god forsaken war.

We would be honored if you would allow us to make a cradle for Amalia and a train for Hunter http://youtu.be/Xqr5VXyu-yY
If you would please contact me at yllek1@frontier.com. We already have the pieces made for the cradle and train and would like to laser their names into them before we assemble them.

Semper Fi
Kelly Broomall
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Aaron will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
Friday, May 24, 2013
Proud Americans honor the service and ultimate sacrifice of this brave hero! Rest in Peace and may your family be comforted in their loss.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
To the Blanchard Family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one and Hero Aaron, and my sincerest gratitude for his service for our country.
God Bless you Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard...you will not be forgotten.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
To the Blanchards

I didn't know until the Monday May 6 when I read the Yak paper. OMG I don't know what to say I'm in shock. To all the family I send my love and deepest sympathy. I never got to meet Aaron but with what Don would tell me and the phone calls shared between us while looking for Don. We talked about family and hunting of course and shared some laughs. I have some great memories and I feel lucky to have those!

All my love!
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Only the good die young. Semper Fi. Benjimen Seth, Camp Pendelton, ca.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Please accept my Deepest Condolences on the Loss of your Beloved Aaron. Please know that this Family Will Forever be Grateful For His Service To Our Country. The Degrasse Family. USMC
Monday, May 06, 2013
The world is a better place for having Captain AAron Roy Blanchard in it. Rest easy, now. Cory Jacobson, Kittitas, Wa.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for your service to our country and please know that there is a renowned amount of respect for all that he has done rest peacefully CPT. Blanchard

Ziemba family & USMC Iraq Vet Rory O'Brien
Monday, May 06, 2013
Capt. Blanchard is a role model for all of us. Semper Fi, buddy. Also a Marine, Ellensburg, Wa.
Monday, May 06, 2013
There are no such things as ex-Marines. Your family now has an angel in heaven,,, one wearing a uniform. A vet in Mt. Shasta
Sunday, May 05, 2013
I did not know Capt. Aaron Blanchard but after reading his life's story and other sites about him I feel he was the best husband, father, son, brother that any man could ever become. His dedication for our country was admiral and his many awards and medals are very remarkably impressive. I wish to convey my deepest and heartfelt condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss. Sincerely Wife of Vietnam Veteran, Frances Dodds
Sunday, May 05, 2013
We couldn't make it to the services but we would like to give our deepest sympathy to Don,Laura,Carl, and Michael, wife and children, Aaron sounds like the perfect son, man, and Dad, you were very fortunate to have such a wonderful human being that entered into your life. He will leave a forever imprint on us all, If only most of us could be half the person he had become the world would be a much better place. You have his legacy to watch grow up and shape into his silhouette . Love and prayers to you all,
Sunday, May 05, 2013
To the family of Captain Blanchard: My family and I would like to thank Cpt Aaron and your family for the many years of service he gave to our country. How proud and honored you must be to have such a hero in your family. Love, prayers and simpathy go out to your entire family.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Words can not express my sorrow at losing such a brave man. His family must be so proud of him... we have lost such a wonderful man. Cassidy Anderson, Ellensburg, wa.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
You have our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on your loss of Aaron....and our pledge to remember.

Marty and Jan
Marine Veteran parents
Sunday, May 05, 2013
In the short time we had to know Aaron and Becky, we fell in love with this beautiful young family. Aaron was a model Christian citizen, husband and father. I am proud to have known him, and pray for all of you, his family, blessings of hope and peace beyond the grief of this insane loss. We love you.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Don and Laura and the rest of the Blanchard Family: I was saddened to read about the loss of Aaron. While I am so appreciative he made the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom, I cannot even imagine the pain of the loss you are experiecing at this tme. I hope today is a time of sweet memories and a tribute to the wonderful life he lived.

Deb Landis
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Although i did know you i just want to say GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SIMPER FI GO WITH GOD MY BROTHER
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Thank you Aaron for your service and sacrifice.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
Bless the Blanchard family in their time of need.
Friday, May 03, 2013
I wish that there was something I could say that would ease your pain. I can only let you know the pain I feel in my heart for you. I am sorry that I never got a chance to personally know Aaron but he will always be in my heart and in my prayers. I will also keep you and your family in my heart and in my prayers. Thank you for raising such a fine young man and a true HERO.
Friday, May 03, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I first met Aaron when he was in high school and a member of the Community Band. He was so much fun to have around bringing life and energy to the band. The trip to Switzerland was a highlight of my life and Aaron was a part of that experience. (I do remember somehow he was wrestling around and ended up wearing a band-aide over his nose for most of the trip) I enjoyed the early morning nature walks we took in Davos with Aaron and his grampa Dick Shactler.. I am sure that was a very special trip for him to take with his Grampa! In the summers when he was home, often saw Aaron at our summer band concerts and at that time very much a Marine! After reading the obituary, I realize how many things he was active in and how many people he influenced during his life. Freedom is certainly not free and Aaron made the ultimate sacrifice for the country he was so passionate for. RIP Aaron, until we meet again. Connie Stenhoff
Friday, May 03, 2013
To the friends and family of Cpt. Aaron Roy Blanchard: We are all saddened by your loss. May God grant you strength during this trying time.
Please remember that the prayers of a grateful nation are with you, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Am Vets, CA.
Friday, May 03, 2013
We did not know your son but would like to express our sincere sympathy at your loss. On reading about him he was true hero to many. Not only do we send much love and prayers but know that our family weeps with you. God bless you and yours. Pam and Al Volkman (Yakima,WA)
Friday, May 03, 2013
The American War Mothers, Maryland's Star Spangled Chapter, offer our deepest condolences on the loss of your most precious hero.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Dear Blanchard Family, Although we did not know your beloved Aaron we wished to express our appreciation for his service to his country and to us. There are few who understand the calling of a military person or their dedication to God and Country they are special. They are called American Heros. Please know that we grieve with you. The loss of such a fine young man is a great loss to his family, country and this community. He has been taken too soon. Our prayers and sympathy are with you.God Bless you all.
Retired MSGT. Larry Umipig, US Army, SPD Detective, Vietnam Veteran and family.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Our deepest sympathies at the loss of your son,husband and father. He will forever be a hero in our hearts for his service and sacrifice . May God bless you and comfort you with many fond memories of Aaron.
Friday, May 03, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Captain Aaron Blanchard. I did not have the honor, delight and pleasure of knowing this fine young man...a true American hero...however, I have read many heart touching articles about Aaron. I know Aaron's Grandpa and Grandma Schactler and his Uncle Fred from Eisenhower High School. A great family heritage he was blessed with. May you find peace and comfort through your Faith. I know you feel great pride and honor for the supreme sacrifice Aaron gave, his bravery in serving his country and his heroism.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Don, Laura, and family: our deepest sympathy to all of you. Our thoughts, prayers, and hugs to all of you.
Friday, May 03, 2013
"Once a Marine Always A Marine"

May God be with the family of Cpt Blanchard ,A True American Hero, as they honor his memory. We are so sorry your Blue Star has turned to Gold

A Marine Family
Cleveland Ohio
Thursday, May 02, 2013
To the entire Blanchard family,
I am so sorry and so saddened for your loss, heartache and pain. Aaron is a TRUE hero and his sacrifice has made a difference in the lives of others...for those who knew him and for those of us who wish we had. It sounds like you have a lifetime of great stories to tell his sweet children. :-) You're all in my prayers daily.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
We extend our deepest sympathy for your loss, our loss of a great Husband, Father, Son Brother, Friend and fellow American! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
With a heavy heart, our prayers, pride and thoughts are with the Blanchard family.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
To the family and friends of Cpt. Blanchard. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss of Aaron. Reading about this wonderful young man's life made me wish I could have known him. I cannot imagine the depth of your dispair. I am truly sorry. He was a true American hero. We are grateful for his brave service to defend our freedoms and protect our way of life. May he rest in Peace and may you have comfort and healing from the pain of your loss.
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