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David Fairchild Blaydes


David Fairchild Blaydes, age 84, formerly of Bellaire Drive, Morgantown, died on 22 December 2018, at the Arthur B. Hodges Center at Edgewood Summit, in Charleston. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, 17 August 1934, the son of the late Glenn William Blaydes and Bernice Winstel Blaydes. After earning his B.S. at the Ohio State University, his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University where he met his wife, Dr. Blaydes held a postdoctoral position for three years at Michigan State University and joined WVU's Department of Biology, from which he retired after 31 years. After his retirement, Dr. Blaydes enjoyed the Literary Discussion Group and Appalachian Lifelong Learners. His wife, Dr. Sophia B. Blaydes, preceded him in death on 2 July 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Blaydes Kaisler, and her husband, Joseph Kaisler; by his son, Jeffrey Glenn Blaydes, and his wife, Mary Sadd Blaydes, and his grandchildren, Madeleine Glenn, Thomas Shaker, and Luke Fairchild Blaydes. The family wishes to extend its thanks to caregivers Brandy Bailey and Julie Schaul, as well as Millie Blake and the staff at the Arthur B. Hodges Center. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 29th, at Dering-Henson Funeral Home, 156 Foundry Street, Morgantown, WV 26505. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be sent in Dr. Blaydes' memory to a charity of choice or to the David Fairchild Blaydes Biology Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, West Virginia University Foundation, 1 Waterfront Place, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, West Virginia, 26507-1650.

David passed on December 22, 2018

Visitation will be SaturdayDecember 29, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Services will be held on December 29, 2018

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"Stephanie and Jeffery, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing and the great loss to you and your family. Unfortunately we are out of town and will be unable to see you on Saturday. You and your entire family remain in my thoughts and prayers."
From Dave Satterfield on December 27, 2018
"Stephanie and Jeffery, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing and the great loss to you and your family. Unfortunately we are out of town and will be unable to see you on Saturday. You and your entire family remain in my thoughts and prayers."
From Dave Satterfield on December 27, 2018
"Dear Jeff and Mary, I am very sorry to learn of the passing of Dr. Blaydes. I would have been honored to know him, as it is an honor to know both of you. You are in our prayers, love, Tom and Mary "
From Tom McQuain on December 27, 2018
"Jeff, Stephanie & family, I am sorry to learn of the loss of your Father. May peace & memories be with you"
From Tony Fragale on December 27, 2018
"Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of David. My heart is with you.  As well as this beautiful encouraging promise, John 5:28,29 "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out."   Imagine that day when all our dear loved ones are brought back to life through a resurrection and reunited with us again.  What a truly beautiful promise of comfort and hope and how we long for that special day so close at hand."
From Beth Moore on December 28, 2018
"My condolences to you family. Your mother and your father were awsome people! Good friends! Loved them. "
From Sharob Fox on December 28, 2018
"Dr. Blaydes was a wonderful person as was his wife. I was in secretary in Biology and he was one of my favorite professors. YOur family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless Dr. Blaydes and the other Dr. Blaydes. Now they are together again forever."
From Frankie on December 28, 2018
"Dear Blaydes Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know we are here for you through this difficult time. Loyally, Your Sisters at Alpha Delta Pi."
From on December 28, 2018
"Jeff your dad was a wonderful example for all of us he’ll be sorely missed. Sorry I couldn’t make it I was out of town. "
From Tom Yester on December 29, 2018
"Stephanie & Jeff, We were very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was a wonderful, kind-hearted man. Your mom and dad were especially kind to us while we lived in Morgantown. For that we are forever appreciative. Best wishes to you and your families."
From Marge & Bill Pietraface on January 6, 2019


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