Paul August Bladow, 86, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at The Maples in Springdale.
He was born on April 2, 1933, in Hankinson, N.D., to Fred and Elsie (Miller) Bladow.
He is preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
He was a veteran of the United States Army. Paul loved everything sports. His love began in youth while playing everything he could during high school and college. From his love of sports his love of the St. Louis Cardinals was born. The height of his Cardinal fandom came when he attended the 1987 World Series when Tom Lawless hit the game-winning home run. He loved golf and could be found on many a sideline of his grandchildren’s soccer and baseball games. Paul enjoyed anything gambling from casinos to overseeing the family basketball pool, he hated to lose so much that when his son bet him a dollar he couldn’t stop smoking, he never smoked again. Paul also had a wonderful voice and discovered his love of singing while in high school. His favorite music was gospel and belonged to a mixed quartet. Paul worked for Butterball Turkey Company for 35 years and was transferred to Northwest Arkansas because of his commitment to his career. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Most of all, he was a committed husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, LaVerne (Hertel) Bladow of the home; four children, Vicki Behan of Chicago Heights, Ill., Lori Thompson and husband, Kyle, of Albuquerque, N.M., Brent Bladow and wife, Cindy, of Bella Vista, and Tammi Harris and husband, Mark, of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren, Paul Behan, Nichol Behan, Lucas Thompson, Kara Thompson, Jena Thompson, Rebecca Ferrell, Andrew Bladow, Josh Shaddox and Braden Harris; and four great-grandchildren, Savanah Behan, Charlotte Ferrell, Emma Ferrell and Ryder Ferrell.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 14, in the chapel of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2925 Old Missouri  Road, Fayetteville, 72703 or at https://goodshepherdnwa.org/, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance at https://www.tsalliance.org/, or to Washington Regional Hospice at http://www.wregionalhospice.com/.
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