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BLOOMINGTON - Robert Andrew Blessing, 73, died at 10:05 a.m. Tuesday (Dec. 27, 2005) at his residence in Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Rev. Cynthia McBride, First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Bloomington, will be officiating at the funeral service and graveside.

Memorials may be made to the Baby Fold or a charity of the donor's choice.

Mr. Blessing was born July 8, 1932, in Bloomington, a son of Lester and Lula Blessing.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Thomas Blessing; three sons, Robert (Rose) Blessing, Bloomington; Rodney (LeAnn) Blessing, Kansas City, Kan.; and Jerry (Debbie) Huddleston, Stanford; four daughters, Debbie (Ralph) Sextro, Olathe, Kan.; Cindy (Chuck) Bider, The Woodlands, Texas; Vikkie Cossio, Bloomington; and Catherine (Juan) Huddleston-Casas, Omaha, Neb.; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Thomas Hux, Bloomington; 25 grandchildren, Adam Butler, Chad Butler, Mark Sextro, Kaylee Sextro, Shelly (Jason) Sharrow, Sherry (Chris Eft) Blessing, Salina Watkins, Stacie Watkins, Samantha Watkins, Joseph Bider, Austin Bider, Kyle Blessing, Tyler Blessing, Ian Blessing, Ethan Cossio, Aidan Cossio, Heather West, Jason West, Sophia Casas, Gabriella Casas, Kelli Zietlow, Samantha Goben, Dustin Goben, Kassidee Bicknell and Cole Huddleston; and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence Moffit and Clarence Moffit; and four sisters, Florence Zink, Pauline Nichols, Dora Schultz and Betty Riddle.

Mr. Blessing attended the Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago, and was a 1951 graduate of Bloomington High School. As a former building contractor, he operated R.A. Blessing and Sons. He was a 30-year member of Carpenter's Local 63, from which he retired in 1997.

Mr. Blessing was a founder of the Bloomington Cardinals junior football team, a lifelong Harley Davidson enthusiast and a skilled woodworker who donated the results of his talents to numerous charitable causes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing his bounty with family, friends and neighbors.

Mr. Blessing took great pride in the many accomplishments of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed the frequent visits of his great-granddaughter, Jaden Eft.

His greatest legacy will be the family he created. He will be missed by all.

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