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In Loving Memory

Blandford, “Don” Valley

On Wednesday May 29, 2024. Loving father of Timothy (Lynne) Blandford, Bryan (Whitney) Blandford and Julie (Steve) Lopiccolo. Cherished grandfather of Kelsey (Dan) O’Neil, Alyssa (Ben) Scalise, Logan and Ari Blandford and Reese and Olivia Lopiccolo; great grandfather of Declan, Vivienne and Kinsley; Dear brother of Judy Rabbitt; preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Vallie Blandford, and siblings Gary, Wayne, Ricky and Jean. Our dear uncle, family member and friend.

He was born on August 23rd, 1940, in Perryville, Missouri, and his journey took him to various corners of the country, including Alabama and Florida, where he spent the first several years of his retirement.

Don’s life was marked by a remarkable diversity of experiences. Starting with barber school, he dedicated himself to serving his community with skill and compassion. Later, he joined Anheuser-Busch as a bottler, where he worked tirelessly until his well-deserved retirement from quality control. Even after stepping away from the workforce, his passion for barbering endured, bringing joy to countless individuals who crossed his path.

However, it was on the golf course where Don truly found his bliss, he reveled in the challenge and camaraderie of the game. His love for golf reached its pinnacle when he achieved the rare feat of hitting a hole-in-one as well as a double eagle, a testament to his skill, perseverance, and the sheer joy he found in the sport.

Beyond his love for golf, Don cherished the simple pleasures of life. From sharing meals with family to soaking in the warmth of the Florida sun, he found immense happiness in these moments. His retirement years were enriched by the laughter and love he shared with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, creating cherished memories that will endure for generations to come. Don loved watching Cardinals baseball. He enjoyed dinners with family and afternoons at Frankie G’s sharing a beer with friends and his favorite bartender, Bryan. He liked taking the grandkids for ice cream and hitting balls at the driving range. He loves playing with his grandkids and great grandkids in most recent years.

Don’s passing leaves a profound void in the hearts of all who knew him. His infectious laughter, his captivating stories, and his genuine, down-to-earth nature endeared him to everyone he met. Though he may have departed this earthly realm, his spirit lives on in the countless lives he touched with his kindness and warmth.

In honoring Don Blandford’s memory, let us celebrate a life lived fully, rich in love, laughter, and cherished memories. Though he may be gone from our sight, his presence will forever linger in our hearts. Rest in peace, dear Don, knowing you were dearly loved and will be profoundly missed.

Services; Visitation at Kutis South County Chapel (5255 Lemay Ferry) on Monday 6/3 from 4-8PM then to St. Vincent Catholic Church (Perryville, MO) on Tuesday for visitation from 9AM until mass at 10AM. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery (Perryville, MO).


11 thoughts on “Blandford, “Don” Valley”

  1. Tyler and I will miss our visits when we go on our walks. Don and his family will be in my thoughts & prayers. Tyler says woof woof.

    • Thanks for everything you did for our Dad., we all appreciate it. I know my Dad enjoyed when you would stop by with Tyler and visit. ❤️

  2. I am so thankful for the love and guidance Don extended to his son Bryan, my daughter Whitney, and grandson Ari. I am also thankful for his guidance and influence to the entire Blandford family of togetherness and love.
    Peace and love.

  3. Don was Full of laughter we spend our time together at bar and Grill long existing customer at OT Hodges Chili Parlor and good friends with a lot of our neighbors in the downtown area. He will truly be missed, especially his humor, Rick. &Wwndy ,

  4. I worked with Don in the barbershop in late 70s and totally adored his personality. He was always smiling fun and respectful. I have thought of him often. Haven’t seen him for years so sad to see him go.. he was a nice friend and I appreciated him.

  5. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Blandford family during this difficult time. Don’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. May you find solace in the cherished moments and the lasting legacy he leaves behind. You are in our thoughts and prayers.With deepest sympathy, Alvin Sr., Tammy, and Alvin Jr. Hamilton


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