Thomas Blodgett

August 13, 1948 ~ October 19, 2021 (age 73)

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Thomas L. Blodgett, 73, passed away October 19th at his home in Port Clinton. He was born August 13, 1948 to Alton and Iny Blodgett and grew up in Fremont. As a kid, he enjoyed fighting and fishing with his older brother, Ted. He also enjoyed playing marbles and shooting things with his slingshot. Tom was involved in an assortment of shenanigans that kept his mother on her toes. He often told stories about a skunk at a wedding reception, hopping trains, skipping school, and playing pranks on the school staff. He used to joke that the school just wanted him to leave so they gave him a diploma in 1966. 

Tom left for basic training that June, at the age of 17. He returned home after basic training and married his high school sweetheart Mary Priscilla (Percy) Hill. They were married for 23 years. She preceded him in death. 

Tom proudly served his country in the army for 3 years. During that time, he served overseas for one year and then he was stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas. There he forged lifelong connections with his fellow soldiers. He always said that joining the army was by far the best decision he ever made. His time in the service taught himself discipline along with a strong work ethic and leadership skills. He talked about it often and carried a deep love and respect for his country and fellow veterans. 

Upon returning home from the service, Tom made a life for himself in Fremont. He and Percy welcomed two daughters. Tami, who he always considered the more sensitive child, came first. She was the responsible, artistic, and thoughtful daughter. Kim came later and proved to be a bit more like her father, challenging his patience on a number of occasions. During that time, Tom enjoyed photography, restoring cars from the 60’s, hunting Indian relics, bodybuilding, and, of course, fishing. Tom took a job at Moore Business Forms retiring early when the business changed hands. He then worked for Fox’s Painting and Papering for a short time before starting his own painting business, Color Your World and later, Tom’s Painting in Port Clinton. 

After moving to Port Clinton, Tom spent a lot of his time with special friends Mark and Laurie Dubbert, Becky Stover, and Mike and Ellen Bohling. These close friends, Ellen especially, went above and beyond to care for Tom the last years of his life by checking in on him, providing meals, companionship, and medical care. He expressed a profound gratitude for them every chance he could. 

He was well known for his barbeque sauce and dart throwing skills. He was also a master of Triominos, accusing all of his opponents of cheating if he did not win. Most of all, he was known for his quick wit and sarcastic (often crude) sense of humor. 

Tom is preceded in death by his brother, Elmer Alton, Jr. and his parents. 

He is survived by his brother, Ted (Sue) Blodgett; his daughters, Tami (Gary) Druckenmiller of Fremont, Kim-Su (Daniel) Hockenberry of Gibsonburg; grandchildren Cole Druckenmiller and Keith, Kylie, Thomas, and Gage Hockenberry; and beloved brother-in-law Dan (Connie) Hill. 

Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 PM in the Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch St., Fremont, Ohio 43420. Tom’s Celebration of Life Service will be on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 12 Noon in the funeral home with Interment to follow with Military Honors in the Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be gifted in Tom’s honor to Ohio Cares, Mission 22 or a local veteran’s charity of the donors’ choice. 

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October 26, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hanneman - Chudzinski - Keller

Celebration of Life
October 27, 2021

12:00 PM
Hanneman - Chudzinski - Keller

Graveside Service
October 27, 2021

1:00 PM
Graveside Service (Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Ohio)

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