Eric James Blevins, of Niles

Published 10:59 am Monday, June 1, 2015

Oct. 14, 1953-May 26, 2015


Eric James Blevins, 61, of Niles, passed to his rest May 26, 2015, at his home in Niles after an illness.

He was born Oct. 14, 1953, in Mishawaka, the son of Charles Clifton and Rosemarie (Kraemer) Blevins and graduated from Elkhart High School, he then took some college classes for about one year.

Eric was a dedicated person to his work and was always on time. He recently worked at C & J Steel of Elkhart driving a forklift and worked in receiving. He had worked at Venture Steel of Elkhart in the steel fabrication company. He was a ‘quiet’ person, always keeping busy. He enjoyed the outdoors; camping, fishing and gardening. He liked to have a campfire and enjoy his family and friends, just sitting and visiting around the fire. His favorite outdoor activity was with his Wheelhorse Tractor, doing all of the yard jobs, as long as he could use his Wheelhorse.

Eric was married Sept. 4, 1993, in Niles to Suellen Kay Price, and she survives with his son, Jason Eric Blevins of Grand Haven and his mother and step-father, Rosemarie and Charles Bradford of Mishawaka. Eric also has four brothers; Charles Robert Blevins of Mishawaka, Alan Joseph (Gloria) Blevins of the United Kingdom, Karl Josef (Tracy) Bradford of South Bend and John Phillip (Louis Lang) Bradford of St. Charles, Illinois. Eric’s father Charles Clifton Blevins passed in 1954, when Eric was a child.

Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service of remembrance June 17, 2015, at Hope United Methodist Church in Edwardsburg with the Rev. Jeff Reese, pastor, officiating. The time of the service and a follow-up obituary will be published in the newspapers on June 14, 2015, with the final details. Eric’s cremains will remain with his wife, Suellen.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be given to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 6120 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 or The Ribbon of Hope, Inc. 600 East Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514.
Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg.