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Ronald "Ron" Blodgett

Published On: May 21 2013 06:04:53 AM CDT

MADISON-Ronald L. “Ron” Blodgett, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1934, to Frances and Leonard Blodgett. He married Judi on Oct. 29, 1966, at Bethel Lutheran Church. Ron was employed by Gilomen Truck and Equipment of Madison as a diesel mechanic for more than 40 years. His great love was cars and over the years he put together many car engines for friends, as well as restoring cars for himself. In the mid 60’s, Ron drove his 1963 Plymouth ultra-stock to 15 wins at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove. He was the top banana in his class. Ron also loved stock car racing and was a mechanic for several cars that raced at Madison International Speedway. With his wife, children and friends he also attended many NASCAR races. For many years his February vacations included the Daytona 500 and a trip to Disney World. Ron was a friend to everyone, very generous with his time, and always ready to help out when asked or needed, he will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judi Blodgett; daughters, Julie Kendall and Tina (Kevin) Metcalfe; and four grandchildren who were the joy of his life, Emily Kendall, Jordyn, Kian, and Lincoln Metcalfe all of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013, with the Rev. John Swanson presiding. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Horizon’s, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703 or Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.

Service:
Funeral services will be held at BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013, with the Rev. John Swanson presiding.

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