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Alfred Bland

Alfred Thomas Bland

Sunday, August 1st, 1926 - Friday, November 13th, 2020
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Obituary

BLAND, ALFRED THOMAS, age 94, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Woodland Hospice.

Funeral Services for Al will take place at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jonathon Bakker officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 18, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral services on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Animal Treatment Society or Woodland Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel.

You may watch a live stream of the service by clicking the "Watch Webcast" icon below or by visiting the funeral chapel Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clarkfuneralchapel at the time of the service.

Al was born August 1, 1926, in South Haven, the son of Frederick and Marion (Ludwig) Bland. Al left high school early to join the war effort. He served in the United States Army Air Corp and Reserves as an airplane mechanic in WWII, primarily in Kokura, Japan. He married Jean Van Erkel on May 18, 1944. After the war, he returned to South Haven and worked as an automobile mechanic. Jean preceded him in death on May 13, 2009. Al joined the Michigan State Police (MSP) in 1956 and served 33 years until his retirement in 1989. He was stationed at Houghton Lake, Battle Creek, serving his last 23 years in Mt. Pleasant as a Sergeant. He declined a promotion as Lieutenant, to remain in Mt. Pleasant. Dedication to his profession was paramount, never having a sick day in the 33 years with MSP. While serving in the MSP, he received numerous service awards in marksmanship and continuing education. He was a member of the MSP 6th District Pistol Team and the MSP Underwater Recovery Team. Even after retirement, his commitment and dedication continued. Because of his patriotism and love for his country, he was honored to be invited as the Grand Marshall in the 2019 Memorial Day parade. Another passion of his was donating to numerous organizations, including animal rescue funds, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Veterans organizations.

His interest and love of airplanes led to attaining his pilot’s license and having his own airplane. He loved flying and taking anyone for a ride.

After retirement, he fulfilled a life-long goal of building and owning his auto repair and sales business, A and J Sales and Service. The business closed in 2019 after 23 years. His strong work ethic and duty to serve and defend supported him through his life challenges.

Al enjoyed going to work, car auctions, going to coffee with friends Morris Vincent and Gene Bridget, and loved his dog Jersey and cat Runt. He was an avid swimmer and was still swimming and diving in his pool this past summer.

Al is survived by his children: Candy Drake of Inverness, FL, Jonn (Bernadette) Bland of Mt. Pleasant, Julie Bland of Seneca, SC; grandchildren: Todd Weever of the Philippines, and daughter Jade, and great-great grandchildren; AJ Weever of Louisiana, his children Jonathan and Elainie; Jonn (Jennifer) Bland II, of Shepherd, Michigan, and their children, Violet, Tripp, and Nellie; and Fredric (Ashley) Bland of Lake Isabella, Michigan, and their children, Conley and Hendric. Al is also survived by sister Jeanne Crouch of Kalamazoo, Michigan; half-sister Janice Monski of Birmingham, Alabama; and caring neighbors, Dellamae Mitchell and Vicki Jurka.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Constantine (Gus) Demos, and Frederick and Elizabeth “Betty” Bland, his wife Jean (Van Erkel) Bland in 2009, and son-in-law Skip Drake in 2017.
The family extends gratitude to the staff at Woodland Hospice for their compassion for and care of our father, grandfather, and grandpa grandpa.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Clark Family Funeral Chapel
    Address
    114 South Bradley Street
    MOUNT PLEASANT, MI 48858
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Clark Family Funeral Chapel
    Address
    114 South Bradley Street
    MOUNT PLEASANT, MI 48858
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, November 19th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Clark Family Funeral Chapel
    Address
    114 South Bradley Street
    MOUNT PLEASANT, MI 48858
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    Officiant
    Rev. Jonathon Bakker
  • Interment

    Location
    Riverside Cemetery
    Address
    124 North Chapel Drive
    mount pleasant, MI 48858
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Alma and Mt Pleasant Tire Service

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David Friddle

Posted at 11:30pm
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Thomas Emery

Posted at 03:08pm
To the family of Alfred Thomas Bland,
Our deepest sympathies for your loss of Al. I worked with "Sgt Al" for 19 years at the Mt Pleasant Post and it was always a pleasure.
Reading again about all the things Al did and accomplished while serving in the U.S Military or while working for the MSP is still amazing to me. Al's easy going manner made him pleasant to work with while I was a Trooper. You knew he always had your back.
He will be greatly missed as one of the best and fun Sgts I ever worked with, and for his contributions to the community.
Thomas and Linda Emery
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Clark, Lillian, Kim, Dakota, and Cheyenne Jones

Posted at 11:36am
Lillian and Clark Jones wants to send our sincere condolences to the Bland Family. Al was a long time friend of our family and will be missed.
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Michele Bonfield

Posted at 10:44am
To the Bland family.
We are are so sorry for your loss. We know Al and Morris are up there shooting the breeze, drinking coffee and going to car auctions if there is any in heaven. Al was a very good person and loved by many. We are unable to attend the service due to the virus. You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Keep the memories close to your heart. From the Vincent family, Jean and Mark Vincent, Kristi Vincent Anson, and Michele Vincent Bonfield.
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