Erlon N. Blood
1918 – 2010
LANCASTER, Mass. — Erlon N. Blood of South Lancaster, Mass., died March 2, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side.
He was born in Riddlonville, June 1, 1918, the son of the late Lester and Retha (Perkins) Blood of Andover. He lived in Andover until he entered the U.S. Army in 1941. He served in the 10th Mountain Division as a medic in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy. He received the Bronze Star for valor during the Allied push northward into the Apennine Mountains in northern Italy. He married Alida Verrill on Sept. 3, 1945.
He competed in the masters competitions, winning many medals in his class, including 5k to 50k events in Lake Placid, N.Y., Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Quebec, Canada. In the summer his training included cycling, hiking, and baseball.
At age 75, he began 15 years of participation with the American Lung Association’s 175-mile “Trek Across Maine.” He completed his last Trek in 2008 at the age of 90. He loved hiking in the mountains and hills of western Maine. He hiked the New England section of the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail through of Vermont. Each year in August, he joined with his fellow World War II 10th Mountain veterans to hike Mt. Washington for a memorial service at the top. He made his last climb to the summit in 2007.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Alida (Verrill) Blood; two daughters, Janice Kendrick of Sterling, Mass., and Sheila Bakland, of Newburyport, Mass.; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; one brother; three sisters; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers.