John William Blanding, age 88 of Lowell, finished his service here on earth Saturday, August 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice (2010). He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Christine Myers, David Blanding, Mark (Glenna) Blanding, and Kevin (Lori) Blanding; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Carolyn Brown; brother, Thomas Blanding; sister-in-laws, Sybil Robertson and Pudge Blanding; as well as nieces and nephews; and countless others whose lives were touched by his. A man of service, John Blanding spent close to sixty years serving as a church leader at Snow United Methodist Church. He was a member of the District Board of Missions in the Grand Rapids area for 20 years, eventually as president. Closer to home, he helped his children and grandchildren with any building or repair project that came along. He was happiest when he was working and helping others. The family will receive relatives and friends at Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, on Friday, August 19, 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. John’s life will be celebrated through a service on Saturday, August 20, 11:00 a.m. at Snow United Methodist Church, 3189 Snow Ave. SE, Lowell, Rev. Dan Duncan officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE Suite 300 Grand Rapids, MI 49546-5783; Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506; or his beloved church, Snow United Methodist.