Earl John Blodgett of South Ogden celebrated his 90th birthday.
He was born Nov. 13, 1922, to Amel Earl Blodgett and Eleanor Nettie Batchelor in North Ogden. He attended Weber High School, where he graduated in 1942.In 1945, he married Addie May Hall in Mount Clements, Mich. Drafted in the Army after he applied to the Army Air Corps, he was later transferred to the latter. He was in Iwo Jima when the war ended. After the war, he returned to Utah, living in North Ogden, Ogden and South Ogden.
He worked at Defense Depot Ogden as a warehouseman, transferring to Hill Air Force Base. During this time, he worked at many side jobs, among them at a pea vinery and as a painter. He retired from HAFB as a planner/scheduler after 34 years in 1975.
His interests are buying new cars, camping and traveling with family. He and his wife have traveled throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and Africa. Last year, they drove to Tennessee to visit a granddaughter.
His daughters and spouses are Linda and Gilbert Skeen, Terri and Richard “Rocky” Jurkiewicz (who named him and Addie “Jr. and Mrs. B”), and Cheryl and Terry Hill.
He has seven grandchildren: Lara Buchheit, Matt Skeen, Adam Jurkiewicz, Ryan Jurkiewicz, Patrick Jurkiewicz, Saige Hill and Nash Hill. He also has four great-grandchildren: Tyber Buchheit, EvaLeigh Buchheit, Demitrius Skeen and Ansel Skeen.