Saturday, December 5, 2020


October 17, 1938—October 18, 2020

   JEFFERSON, WI - Major General James G. Blaney passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at Alden Estates in Jefferson with his wife, Ramona at his side.

   He was born on October 17, 1938 in Ontario, Canada, to Alexander F. and Ethel (O’Rorke) Blaney. James graduated from Kendall High School in 1957. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1964 and completed his master’s degree in 1969. He is also a graduate of the Wisconsin Military Academy, 1963; Command and General Staff College, 1979; and the United States Army War College, 1984.

   He married Ramona Kane on April 26, 1991 in Woodstock, IL. James taught physical education in the Milwaukee area for over 25 years ending his teaching career at Waukesha North High School.

   He enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1960 and had a full and impressive career, becoming the Adjutant General for the State of Wisconsin National Guard and Emergency Management in 1996. He was honored at his retirement in 2002.

   James is survived by his wife, Ramona Kane-Blaney of Oconomowoc; sons Gary Blaney of Bellview, WA and Scott Blaney of Phoenix, AZ.

   He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Alex Blaney, Patricia Stiles and Sandra Alderman.

   Memorials in James’ name may be made to a veteran’s organization of your choice.

   Visit to leave a condolence for the family.

Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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