John Bland

John R. Bland, salesman

John R. Bland, salesman

John Randolph Bland, a retired salesman, died Oct. 5 of diabetes complications at Dulaney Valley Assisted Living. The Cockeysville resident was 70.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, he was the great-grandson of John R. Bland, the founder of United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. He attended Gilman School and was a 1960 graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys, where he played lacrosse and football. He served in the Air Force as a medic and was stationed in Birmingham, Ala.

A salesman, he sold calculators and frozen meat products at Dutterers of Manchester. He also worked in car sales and at the Bedding Barn.

He enjoyed the outdoors and as a young man hunted...