NILES - Jack M. Blenton, 67, of Niles died at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at his residence, surrounded by family.
He was born Sept. 28, 1946, in Berkley, Calif., the son of Jack M. and Josephine McKeefer Blenton Sr.
Jack attended school in Niles and then went directly into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963, where he served two tours in Vietnam. During his service, he received many honors, including the Purple Heart, and left the service as a sergeant in 1969.
After returning home, he married his neighborhood sweetheart, Clara M. DeCesare, on Oct. 23, 1970, and they made their home in Niles.
Jack began working at the Ravenna Arsenal and in 1972 became a truck driver for Su-Jon Enterprises for more than 30 years. During that time, he received a bachelor's degree in business in 1992.
Jack enjoyed spending time with his family and loved taking trips to Mountaineer with his son, watching Cleveland Indians games with Dylan, and sneaking cupcakes and watching SpongeBob SquarePants with Jayden.
Jack's witty sense of humor will be deeply missed by his son, Jason (Kelli) Blenton; and his grandsons, Dylan and Jayden, with whom he made his home. He also leaves behind his grandson, Cameron Blenton of Girard, and many cousins and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Clara, who passed away Dec. 13, 1999; his parents; and a maternal grandmother who raised him.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where Jack will be honored for his military service.
Burial will be in Pineview Cemetery.
Material contributions can be made to The Disabled Veterans of America.
Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Family and friends can view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send email condolences at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.