BRISTOL — Richard J. Blough, 87, passed away Wednesday at Elkhart General Hospital.
He was born Dec. 25, 1925 in Middlebury, to Paul and Ruby (Long) Blough.
He married Joy Nifong March 21, 1948, in Bristol. She survives with two sons, David (Connie) Blough of Bristol and Brent (Linda) Blough of Elkhart; a daughter, Dawn White of Bristol; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; a brother, DeVon Blough of Bristol; and a sister, Carol Becht of Pell City, Ala.
Richard graduated from Middlebury High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the Counter Intelligence Corps. He was a farmer and drove a school bus for 41 years for Bristol and Elkhart Schools. He also had worked for Stewart Coach for 25 years. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and was on the Elkhart Farm Bureau Board for 30 years. He was a charter member of International Harvester Corporation and a member of Northeast Steam and Gas Association. He collected old farm tools and enjoyed travelling to Europe.
Visitation for Richard will be from Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, and 30 minutes prior to the 1:30 p.m. service Saturday at Northside Baptist Church in Elkhart. The Rev. Carl Henry will officiate.
Burial with military graveside honors rendered by the U.S. Army Honor Guard will follow at Zion Cemetery in Bristol.
Memorial contributions may be given to the church or to Child Evangelism. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.