March 14, 1925, Chungking (now Chongqing), China.

April 19, 2004, Swannanoa, North Carolina.

Oxford Town Cemetery, Oxford, Georgia.

Dick was the son of Methodist missionaries Ralph & Grace Kipka Blanchard. He grew up in Indiana and North Carolina. After graduating from high school in 1943, he attended Davidson College, North Carolina, for a year, then joined the Navy. After a medical discharge from the Navy, he studied at Mercer University, Macon, Georgia (BA 1947), and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (BD 1949). Blanchard was ordained a Methodist deacon in 1949 and elder in 1950, after serving two years as pastor of the Snellville-Grayson circuit of the North Georgia Conference. He transferred to the Florida Conference in 1950, and completed 40 years in the ministry of the United Methodist Church, serving in Orlando, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Holiday. He retired in 1988.

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