Gary R. Blanton
Gary R. Blanton, age 69, of Shelby, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday night, May 5, 2021 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital after a brief illness.
Gary was born March 18, 1952 in Mansfield to the late Hade and Dorothy (Tackett) Blanton. To sum up Gary’s life, there were two things of importance: family and music. Since childhood, music has been part of his life. He began singing at the age of 17 with his family, known then as the Gospel Crusaders and now as The Blanton Family. Since 1969 he has traveled the country playing in thousands of churches and festivals spreading the gospel message through his music ministry. Gary especially loved to sing at funerals and bring comfort to families in their time of sorrow and grief. Music was everything to him.
Gary thoroughly enjoyed his working career in construction and was the owner of Blanton Home Improvement. He also relished time spent trap shooting with his grandson, Curtis.
Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna J. (McClain) Blanton, whom he wed on October 11, 1969; his daughters: Pam (Steve) Brown of Mansfield and Dorothy (Doug) Oyster of Mansfield; grandchildren: Curtis Oyler, Mason Oyster, Douglas Oyster, Jr., and David Oyster; his special fur-baby children and grandchildren: Gibson, Biscuit, Smokey, and Pebbles; his special sister: Sandy (Martin) Spurgeon of Ontario and siblings: Shirley Sutton of Mansfield, Phyllis Blanton of Shelby, and Harold (Judy) Blanton of Mansfield; family friend: Lynn Wallace; special nieces and nephew: Jessica (Marc) Daugherty, Melissa Spurgeon, Alisha (Steve) Clay, and David Blanton; special great nieces: Nevaeh Spurgeon, Johanna Daugherty, and Kallee “Roxy” Daugherty; in-laws: Carolyn Blanton, Marian Blanton, Cheryl Blanton, Lorie Blanton, and Rhonda and Lee Johnson; and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his 5 brothers: Vernon, Robert, Charles, Thomas, and Michael.
Family and friends are welcome on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 1-3 and 6-8 pm at the Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church, 1602 Walker Lake Road, Ontario, Ohio 44906, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11 am. The family kindly requests that those attending wear masks. Revs. Lucian Baker and Rick Keesee will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Care for Gary and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Gary’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.