Herman Allan Blizzard, a former Kent County sheriff and longtime Worton resident, died of cancer Monday at Chester River Manor nursing home in Chestertown. He was 81.
Mr. Blizzard was born in Gransonville and attended public schools in Centreville. He left school in the ninth grade and went to work on local farms.
"I remember him telling me he worked for 50 cents a day plowing fields with teams of mules at Bennett Point in Queen Anne's County," said a son, Joseph A. Blizzard of Worton.
He lived on his father's Kent County farm while working at the Chrysler Corp. plant in Newark, Del., and later as an insurance salesman.
In the early 1960s, he became a Kent County deputy sheriff, and he served as sheriff from 1978 until his retirement in 1990.
Mr. Blizzard was a member of Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474 and Chester Lodge 115 AF&AM.; He was an honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a longtime member of Worton United Methodist Church.
He was an avid waterfowl hunter and enjoyed reading and gardening.
His wife of 40 years, the former Maude Elizabeth Fogwell, died in 1987.
Masonic services will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown.
Also surviving are another son, Thomas F. Blizzard of Stafford County, Va.; a daughter, Debbie Ramsey of Worton; four sisters, Katheryn Graham of Wilmington, Del., Edna Lewis of Stevensville, Dallas Carter of Glen Burnie and Rosie Smith of Grasonville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.