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Mr. Blisard died Monday, March 7, 2005, at Noble. He was born Aug. 3, 1920, in Couer D’Alene, Idaho, the son of Ben and Mae (Farmer) Blisard. Funeral services for Norman Denton Blisard, 84, of Gainesville, were held Wednesday, March 9 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Macel Jefferson officiating. Burial was in Sims Cemetery.
Mr. Blisard died Monday, March 7, 2005, at Noble. He was born Aug. 3, 1920, in Couer D’Alene, Idaho, the son of Ben and Mae (Farmer) Blisard. He married Lora Mae Robinson, who preceded him in death in 1972. He later married Anna Mae Dunegan Wallace, who preceded him in death in 1988. He married Jean Melton Loftis June 9, 1989.
He was with the Siloam Springs, Ark., police department for many years, serving as a patrolling officer for John Brown University and with their mounted patrol. He also worked for Wakasha Tool Company and served as a shop foreman for John Brown University.
Mr. Blisard and his brother, Don, sang on the KUOA radio station in Siloam Springs, Ark., for many years. They were known as the Blisard Brothers. He later had his own band called the Grass Valley Boys. He was a member of the Siloam Springs Riding Club where he helped organize the Golden Promenaders, a horseback drill team.
Music was a very important part of his life. He was inspiring and upbuilding to young musicians. He was the emcee for Ava’s Music on the Square for nine years and later had Music on the Square in Gainesville for several years. He was instrumental in getting the gazebo placed on the courthouse lawn on the Gainesville square.
He was also an auctioneer, a livestock farmer and a reserve deputy for Ozark County Sheriff’s Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.
He was a Christian, having been baptized at an early age while living in Arkansas. He attended Barren Fork Church of Christ. He was a devoted husband and father and helped many people in Ozark and Douglas counties.
Mr. Blisard is survived by his wife, Jean; one daughter, Lana Kay Wilkerson and her husband, Rick, of Colcord, Okla.; one son, Dale Blisard and his wife, Chris, of Rose, Okla.; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rex, who was killed in Vietnam; his parents; and his brother, Don.
Services were under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville.