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Donald Jack Blunden

January 5, 1929 — August 11, 2020

Donald Jack Blunden, age 91, of Novi, passed away on August 11, 2020.

Donald was born on January 5, 1929 in Highland Park, Michigan to his parents, Harold Andrew and Helen (née Adams) Henrietta Blunden. He is the beloved and devoted husband of the late Marilyn J. (née Bodinus) Blunden; loving father of two children – Donald Jack (Karen) Blunden, Jr. and Paul Scott (Elizabeth) Blunden; proud grandfather of Christopher (April) Blunden, Matthew Blunden, Greggory Blunden, Alexander Blunden, Jonathan Blunden, Bradley Blunden, Derek Blunden and Kathryn Blunden; and great-grandfather of Lawson and Declan Blunden.

After proudly serving his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, Jack was honorably discharged February 19, 1953. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Denison University and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology.

Jack spent most of his career with Whitehead & Kales, holding multiple patents in rail car impact solutions, leading Engineering as the Executive Vice President. Upon the sale of the company, Jack joined Thrall Car as Vice President of Sales Engineering, and later as a consultant, until his retirement in 1991.

Jack enjoyed time with family, his cottage in northern Michigan, a great round of golf, Christmas brunches and, in later years, the wonderful people he met while living at Fox Run.

Friends may visit the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 South Main Street, Plymouth, Michigan on Sunday, August 16, 2020 from 9:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.

Please be advised that in observance of the governmental order from the State of Michigan because of the current COVID-19 situation, when in attendance at the visitation and funeral service, we kindly ask for the safety and well-being of the families we serve and for your health, that everyone practice social distancing and consideration for other guests in attendance. Visitation will be by invitation only from the family and must be kept to a maximum of ten (10) people only at a time. Please refrain from handshaking and embracing family members and one another. All those who attend the visitation are required by Michigan Law to wear a face mask.

There will be a private Funeral Service. For those who cannot attend and wish to view the Funeral Service in a safe environment, the funeral will be live streamed on Sunday, August 16th, 2020 beginning at 3:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Donald’s memory are invited to consider a contribution to the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth, 45201 North Territorial Road, Plymouth, MI 48170. Contribution envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.
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Service Schedule

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

9:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Schrader-Howell Funeral Home

280 S. Main St, Plymouth, MI 48170

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

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