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Grover G. Bledsoe, Jr.

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On May 27, 2014 @ 8:46 am In Obituaries | 9 Comments

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Grover G. Bledsoe, Jr., 90, of Lancaster, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Hospice & Community Care.  He was the loving husband of the late Janice (Moore) Bledsoe.  Born in Abingdon, VA, he was the son of the late Grover G. Bledsoe, Sr. and Mary O. (Wilbar) Bledsoe.

Grover graduated from Fulton High School in Lancaster County and Penn State University.  He owned Bledsoe’s Cabinet Shop and later became an instructor at the Willow Street Vo-Tech School for Millwork and Cabinet Making.  After his retirement, he worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg

He was a member of the Masonic Washington Lodge #156 where he held honors of 32nd degree.  He was a volunteer of the Eden Fire Company, an elder at First Presbyterian Church where he was also a Sunday school teacher and usher, served as President and Board of Director for VICA (currently known as SKILLS USA), was head advisor for Lancaster County School of Career and Technology and elected as President of Homestead Village’s Resident Council.

In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family, model trains, traveling, reading, woodworking projects for his family and church, and his beloved dog Amy.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster and most recently was a regular attendee of the Church of Apostles UCC.

He is survived by his three daughters; Barbara Snyder (wife of Barry) of Mount Joy, PA, Karen Kirkpatrick (wife of Michael) of Mocksville, NC, and Kristina Hoskins (wife of Stephen) of Brownstown, PA;  grandchildren, Angela, Jennifer, Kevin, Bryon, David and Megan; great grandchildren, Ayla and Evan.  Also surviving is one brother, Rodger Bledsoe.  He was predeceased by his sister Rosalind Morton and brothers Joseph and Richard.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service at First Presbyterian Church at 140 E. Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17602 on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:00 noon.  A viewing will be held at the church on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Interment will be in Little Britain Presbyterian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to First Presbyterian Church at the address shown above, or Church of the Apostles UCC at 1850 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603, or to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.  To leave an online condolence for the family please visit:  www.DebordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “Grover G. Bledsoe, Jr.”

Condolence from Tim Lawrence on May 27th, 2014 12:17 pm

On behalf of the national staff and board of directors of SkillsUSA, I send our thoughts and prayers to the Bledsoe family. Grover was a true friend and national champion for SkillsUSA (formerly VICA)and our students in PA and across the USA. Grover designed and hand built several “3-D” wooden ceremonial emblems for our student leaders. These projects took many many ours and he was so proud of them — as were we — they are real works of art. These emblems continue to be used on our national stage in Kansas City and in state and local chapters across the nation. Grover’s work will carry on as the youth of SkillsUSA learn about their organization as they work with these emblems.

Grover will always be remembered as a real gentleman and a true craftsman. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

Tim Lawrence, Executive Director
SkillsUSA, Leesburg, Virginia

Condolence from Michael Regauld on May 27th, 2014 1:27 pm

Grover was and always will be remembered as a true and caring gentleman. His work as a leader and SkillsUSA advisor encouraging and guiding students over the years served as a true example of how an educator should lead and guide their students. He was also one of the last true great craftsman with all his work with wood and other products. He will be missed but will be remembered because of the kindness and caring he exhibited each day of his life.
May his family and friends be comforted in knowing Grover is in a better place and will be remembered for all the good he did with his time on this earth.

Condolence from Earl Schlegelmilch on May 28th, 2014 8:14 am

My sincere condolences to the family of Grover. He and I worked together at Willow Street Vo-Tech. Thinking of the family during this most difficult time.

Condolence from Kim Kreider on May 28th, 2014 11:24 am

Kris, I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I have fond memories of his bright smile and kind , gentle spirit. Prayers for you and your family.

Condolence from Rosemarie Dunkelberger on May 28th, 2014 5:30 pm

Eternal Rest in Peace, Grover. Prayers for the Bledsoe family.

Condolence from Rev. Kathryn Kuhn on May 29th, 2014 10:13 am

Church of the Apostles UCC is thankful to have been a place of worship for Grover since he was no longer driving. We miss his warm smile and thoughtfulness! Our condolences to his family!

Condolence from Dallas and Sue Fisher on May 29th, 2014 1:44 pm

We send our expression of sincere sympathy to Grover’s family. He was a wonderful colleague at BCTE and a good friend in life. May Our Father’s loving arms provide comfort.

Condolence from Jean Nelson on May 30th, 2014 6:35 am

Kris and family
My Prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. God Bless you all!

Condolence from Roberta DeProspero-Johnston on May 30th, 2014 11:40 pm

My condolences to the Bledsoe family. I had the opportunity to work with Grover as a SkillsUSA advisor for many years. Every year at the SkillsUSA Central Region Leadership Workshop we use the “3-D” emblem he made. His memory will kept alive by the students each year as they use that emblem. Rest In Peace my friend.

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