Edwin M. Bladen

Haslett, Michigan.  Born February 2, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan son of the late Philip and Ruth Bladen passed away on Monday, June 15, 2015, at age 76.

Edwin received his undergraduate degree and his Jurist Doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit. From there he served for 21 years with the State of Michigan Department of Attorney General under Frank Kelley where he was a national expert in consumer protection and anti-trust law and helped pass the Michigan Consumer Protection Act and the Item Pricing Law. Following several years in private practice he served as a Federal Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Homeland Security. Edwin also served in the U.S. Army Security Agency and the NSA from 1957-1960 where he was a Chinese Linguist. He was an Adjunct Professor at Cooley Law School and a former president of their Legal Author’s Society. Edwin was a longtime member of the Kehillat Israel Congregation in Lansing.

Surviving are his wife of almost 53 years, Paula Bladen; two sons, Philip (Stacie) Bladen, and Jeffrey (Margot Palley) Bladen along with four grandchildren, Sydney, Abigail, Tess, and Tabitha. Edwin was preceded in death by his daughter, Sara M. Bladen in 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions, in memory of Edwin, may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the charity of one’s choice.



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Ellen and Steve Potash
June 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Ed Bladen was one of our closest friends. While we are unable to attend his funeral, we are glad that we were able to visit with him last Wednesday and even managed to get a smile or two. We appreciated his intellect and his outrageous sense of humor. There was no one like him. We will miss him terribly.

Ronald and Gale Kaplansky
June 16, 2015 at 11:01 pm

A closest friend and companion from law school. He will be missed.5Wtl

Sandy Jewell Worthington
June 17, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Ed Bladen was my boss for many years when I worked for the AG/Consumer Protection Division. I ran into him a few times after we both had left that office. May you all cherish the wonderful memories you have of him.

John W Simpson
June 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

Dear Paula and family. sorry to hear about Ed and sorry I can’t be there with you. I am playing a memorial service for the New Reformation Band today for Nick Opperman. My thoughts are with you Paula and hope to see you soon. John

Ed Reder
June 18, 2015 at 5:11 pm

So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I have looked forward to our visits since we lived across the street from each other at Wayne State. I loved your stories, your wisdom, and tapping into your legal knowledge when I needed advice. You will be greatly missed.

Howard & Connie Doss
June 18, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Ed was a very interesting person who I would discuss state & world issues while walking in the pool at the Michigan Athletic Club. We became friends due to Paula convincing Ed to try it with the few guys who used the pool for exercise. Ed was a great teller or fact & life events. He is missed. Condolences to Paula & family.


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