Jack Blessing, 78, of 100 St. Francis Drive, formerly of Lewis Run, passed away Wednesday (June 1, 2016) at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born June 26, 1937, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Carl and Anna (Hartman) Blessing. On Jan. 9, 1965, in Bradford, he married Patricia E. (Renwick) Blessing, who survives.
Jack was a 1955 graduate of Bradford High School. He had been employed at Kendall Refinery after high school. On March 13, 1957, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served as a flight facilities equipment repairman and was honorably discharged March 14, 1961. He returned home from the service and returned to work at Kendall Refinery, Witco and American Refining Group and worked as a welder and pipefitter.
He was a member of the Ridge Runners and the Quarter Century Club. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed racing Stock Cars at Smethport, Bradford and Stateline Speedways. After he retired his greatest joy was "taking his dogs for a ride" in his car, often resulting in trips over 50 miles.
Surviving are his daughter Marsha (Shawn Whitsell) Blessing of Eldred; three grandchildren, Christopher Maluchnik, Edward Maluchnik and Heidi Elliott; and one great-grandchild, Sophia Benson.
Family will be receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Bradford Ecumenical Home Chapel, where funeral and committal services will be held at 7 p.m. with Don Parker of the Bradford Congregation of Jehovah's Witness officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
33 South Avenue
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from June 4 to June 11, 2016