Thomas Blunt Jr., Surveyor, Horse Breeder

December 28, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Thomas Ringgold Blunt Jr., a retired surveyor and thoroughbred horse breeder, died in his sleep Dec. 15 at his Granite home. He was 84.

Mr. Blunt, whose parents were farmers, was born and raised in the Granite farmhouse where he lived his entire life.

"He was born and died in the same house," said a daughter, Deborah A. Groves of Eldersburg.

He was a 1943 graduate of Catonsville High School and during World War II served in Europe as an Army Ranger.

After the war, he went to work for Baltimore County government as a surveyor. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Blunt, who bred and raised thoroughbred racehorses on his Granite farm, was a member of the Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Farm Bureau.

He was a lifelong member of Granite Presbyterian Church and was caretaker of the church's cemetery.

Mr. Blunt's first wife, Nancy Blunt, died some years ago. His wife of 17 years, the former Eva Miller, died in 2004.

Services were held Monday for Mr. Blunt at his church, and he was later buried in the churchyard he had maintained for more than 40 years.

Also surviving are two sons, Thomas A. Blunt of Colorado and Thomas D. Blunt of Owings Mills; two other daughters, Susan Kruger of Eldersburg and Vina Gress of Atlanta; two stepdaughters, Jan Davis and Carol Beal; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his companion, Helen Zumbrun of Owings Mills.

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