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Robert A. Blaser, 93 of Methuen, passed peacefully to the Lord on August 28, 2019.
He was preceded by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn, in 2007 and a grandson, Jonathan Blaser, in 2011. He is survived by his three children: Robert J. of Wakefield, MA, Susan C. (Blaser) Riedel and husband, Robert, of Methuen, MA, and Christopher J. of Methuen, MA; Nine grandchildren: Christopher Blaser, Nicole (Blaser) McAnern, Sarah (Riedel) Pavlenkov and husband, John, Joseph Riedel, David Blaser, Stephanie (Blaser) Apitz and husband, Thomas, Theodore Blaser, Kurt Riedel and wife, Lauren, and Adam Blaser; Eleven great-grandchildren: Jillian and Michael Blaser, John, Andrew, Daniel, and Mark Pavlenkov, Amy and Lucy Riedel, Kristen Regis-Magee, and Kayla and Dean Apitz.
Robert was a graduate of Lawrence High, Class of 1943. He attended the University of Chicago, graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. After his service he worked for AVCO Corp in Wilmington, MA from 1959-1971, including Apollo projects and rocketry. Following a new career path, he was the Chief Assessor of Methuen, MA from 1974-1984. He finished his professional career as an independent Real Estate Appraiser, working for several local banks.
He was a long-time member of the United Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, MA, serving as Trustee and Deacon, and for the past many years has been a member of First Church, Congregational, UCC of Methuen, MA. Robert spent his summers at his lake cottage at Big Island Pond in Atkinson, NH. For many years he enjoyed the companionship of his four German Shepherd dogs, his "girls". He traveled extensively with his wife throughout Europe for many years, and after her passing continued to travel in the United States and Canada including tours of the National Parks. A quiet man, he was devoted to God, his family, and his country.
Friends may call on the family at First Church, Congregational, UCC in Methuen, MA on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to First Church, Congregational or MSPCA. To visit Robert's tribute page, please visit www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com