Howard Durand Blanding II died peacefully on April 30, 2023. He was 94.

He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in St. Croix Falls. Durand attended the University of Wisconsin, and obtained his degree in business administration. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Army. During the Korean War, Durand served his country in the Counter Intelligence Corps in Japan. After the war, he attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and practiced law for over 40 years in St. Croix Falls. Active in Delta Sigma Pi Business and Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternities, he relished memories made in Madison and remained a proud Badger. A history buff, he was very involved in the St. Croix Falls Historical Society until his death. 

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