Len Wester Bland, 95, exchanged this life for eternal life Oct. 24, 2013, at Village Hospice House in Lee’s Summit. He was a resident of Raytown for 59 years.
Len was born Feb. 11, 1918, in St. Clair County to the late Lafayette Washington and Mary Bland. He was one of nine children and grew up in Black Jack. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings.
In 1941, he moved to Kansas City and went to work for Frigidaire – later working at Richards Gebaur Air Base.
In 1942, he married Helen Davis. She was the love of his life for 56 years, passing away in 1998.
Len was a passionate follower of Christ and served on the local church board for over 50 years. He was Sunday School Superintendent for 49 years.
Their home was a welcoming place to everyone and he and Helen were known for their gracious hospitality.
Len and Helen were both very active in the Jackson County Rose Society as well as The Johnson County Rose Society – winning many prizes and awards for their roses. Many of Len’s roses have been featured on Hallmark Greeting Cards. He shared his love of roses with many people taking numerous arrangements to friends, family, shut-ins or just someone he felt needed a bit of encouragement
He never met a stranger and had friends too many to number. Everyone loved his cheerful, positive attitude and he never forgot a face or name! He was a unique individual. A host of family and friends are left to mourn his passing.
A Celebration Service with Rev. Ernest Mullins and Rev. William Cook officiating was held Tuesday in Gregory Hills Church of God (Holiness). A graveside service followed in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Len’s heart was touched deeply by the little children in third world countries in need of clean drinking water as well as shoes. Memorials can be made in his honor to LIFEToday.org.
Special thanks are extended to the wonderful, caring people at Village Hospice House and the nurses and caregivers who ministered to Len so kindly in his home over these last weeks.
Online condolences may be left at blandhackleman.com.