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Connor R. Blanchard

Connor passed away, unexpectedly, Wednesday, July 26, 2023 at his home in Otsego.

He was born November 14, 2000 in Kalamazoo, the son of Thomas and Jessica (Dingman) Blanchard. Connor worked in construction doing drywall. He loved music especially the Red Hot Chili Peppers and enjoyed playing the bass.

Connor had a heart of gold and was a hopeless romantic. He loved animals and had rescued 3 cats, Stella, Jimmy and Cocoa. Connor liked playing video games with his brother and dad. He was a kind, considerate, loving soul with a great sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh.

Surviving are his parents, Tom Blanchard and Jessica Blanchard; siblings, Emma (J.J.) Coak and Anthony Blanchard; grandparents, Terry and Terri Dingman of Vicksburg, David and Barb Blanchard of Martin and Greg and Susan Temple of Allegan along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Connor’s life will be held at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Connor may be made to 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

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August 9, 2023 at 10:11 am

Rest in paradise sweetheart Aunt Many will love you forever . Until we meet again.


Cheryl Taylor

August 10, 2023 at 11:17 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your Connor.

I pray for God’s peace and comfort for the whole family in these coming days.


Mary Hinton

August 10, 2023 at 7:58 pm

I’m so very sorry Emma and Jessie. Love,hugs and prayers.



August 10, 2023 at 8:49 pm

I’m gonnna miss you man, you were the sweetest person to enter my life after bad stuff happened. i’m always gonnna be thankful for you


Joanna Dingman

August 11, 2023 at 1:00 am

Rest in heaven my love I love you Connor. I should have came around more and I’m sorry I didn’t… you will always be in my heart .. I miss you ❤️ I’m so sorry

Love your Aunt JoJo


Mary Blanchard

August 11, 2023 at 7:02 am

We miss and love you very much, so glad to have had the chance to watch you grow. your Cousins and your Aunt Mary will see you again.


Creel Esther

August 11, 2023 at 11:54 am

There are no words, only love, and love never dies ♡♡


Sandy Skinner

August 11, 2023 at 11:57 am

Much sympathy and mental hugs and love going out to the whole family.


Dan and Julie Andrus

August 12, 2023 at 8:21 pm

Dave, Barb and family. So sorry to hear of such a tragic loss . Sending prayers of comfort to all.


Barb & Dave Blanchard

August 16, 2023 at 4:35 pm

Thank you so much for your prayers. Barbie & Dave


Barbara & David Blanchard

August 14, 2023 at 12:42 pm

Our grandson was an old soul full of grace and mercy. Connor came into this world with some physical challenges. He had a strong character and learned to endure. He was loving, kind and giving. Connor would make donations to a charity on his birthday. One of Connor’s charities he truly believed in was 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline.

There is a hurt in our hearts that is so big, there are no words to describe it. Learning to live with it is what we are all doing.

We are not promised tomorrow. Let go of the past. We can plan for the future; but know life is going to roll to places we never thought we would have to deal with. For now, live right where you are, the present. The most precious gifts we have are the abilities to love, forgive and the time spent in this world.

Grampa Dave and Gramma Barb will do our best in this world, we’re not done. We will see you again Connor Reilly Blanchard, in Heaven because of our Savior Jesus Christ. He loves us so very much.


Jayne Ann Brown

August 15, 2023 at 6:38 pm

Barb,Dave and family. So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.


Barb & Dave Blanchard

August 16, 2023 at 4:37 pm

Thank you for the prayers Jayne. Greatly appreciated.


Sue Tourangeau

August 18, 2023 at 5:45 pm

Barb and Dave

So sorry for your loss

Sending prayers and hugs

Sue and Marty Tourangeau


Barb & Dave Blanchard

August 21, 2023 at 8:15 pm

Thank you Sue & Marty. Knowing our family are in your prayers means a lot to us. We sure can use them.

Take care. Barb & Dave


DEB Boyer

August 21, 2023 at 3:10 pm

So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers. Steve and Deb Boyer


Barb & Dave Blanchard

August 21, 2023 at 8:21 pm

Deb & Steve sometimes there are just no words for the pain we experience in our lives. Your love and prayers; just knowing you are thinking of all of us helps more than you may know. Thank you so much. Barbie & Dave


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