Blandford grew up in Accokeek, MD on his parent’s farm. He was one of seven siblings. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. Blandford worked a considerable portion of his vocation for the federal government serving on assignments in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Vietnam.
Blandford retired from support as an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency in 1982 right after obtaining served for in excess of 29 years. On his retirement, Blandford labored as the East Coast Security Officer for Geodynamics and Northrop Grumman for in excess of 13 several years. Blandford retired with his wife Dale to Governors Land at Two Rivers in Williamsburg, VA exactly where he loved taking part in golf and collaborating in functions at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. He continued to get the job done component-time in his retirement on declassification assignments less than the Liberty of Data Act ultimately retiring from do the job at the age of 83 in 2015. Bob could not share much information and facts about his vocation with his relatives but he normally mentioned that he actually liked his job and would under no circumstances trade it for an additional.
He held an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Maryland.
Blandford is survived by his spouse of 65 years, Dale Blandford, a brother Thomas Sidney Blandford, a sister Kathleen Fetterolf, as perfectly as two sons, Rob Blandford and his spouse Nancy Everett of Richmond, VA, and Kirk Blandford and his companion Kenny Callaghan of Richmond, VA, and a daughter Julie Plowden and her spouse Mickey Plowden of Raleigh, NC, and two granddaughters, Kiersten Plowden and Lauren Plowden both equally of Raleigh, NC. Blandford was predeceased by his mother and father, Irving Paul and Gladys Marsh Blandford, as properly as his two sons, Martin Patrick Blandford and Matthew Paul Blandford and his siblings Clyde Blandford, Mildred Phillips, Irving V. Blandford, and Virginia Lee Robey.
A Celebration of Robert’s daily life will be held at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery, date to be determined.
The loved ones needs to thank Tika Zabalou, his caregiver, Transitions Hospice for their treatment in the last days of his lifetime, as perfectly as Jamie VanHanswyk, for companion treatment.
Bob Blandford was a loving Father and Grandfather and he cherished spending time with his little ones and grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may well be built to:
Saint Mary’s Catholic Church of Piscataway, Clinton, MD saintmaryspiscataway.net/how-to-give
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Waldorf, MD stpaulswaldorf.org/give
CIA Officers Memorial Basis, ciamemorialfoundation.org/donate
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