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Baker City, Oregon

Leo John Blando, 76, of Baker City died May 29, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Blando was born May 15, 1926, at Aberdeen, S.D. He was a son of Phillip and Mary Hoffert Blando. He was raised and educated in Aberdeen. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Upon his honorable release from the service, he returned to school and graduated from Northern State College at Aberdeen, S.D. Upon graduating, he moved to Portland and was employed by U.S. Bank.

In 1968, while working for the bank in Baker City, he met and married his wife, Velma Valentine Fisher. He worked for the U.S. Bank for 30 years in Baker City, Redmond and Portland.

He served on the Board of Directors of Alpine International. He and his wife, Velma, lived in Portland from 1970 to 1998 before returning to the Baker City area.

Leo was a devoted and loving husband, and dearly loved his step-children and grandchildren. He particularly enjoyed his avid gardening, fishing, and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Helen and Eva Ann.

He is survived by his wife, Velma of Baker City; his stepchildren, Elaine Thomas of California and John Fisher of West Linn; grandchildren, Michelle and Sandra Slone and Megan, Paul and Joe Fisher; brothers, Delbert Blando, and Joseph Blando of Aberdeen, S.D., and Edward Blando of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association through the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 31, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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