Obituary of Glen Marvin Blanchard
Glen Marvin Blanchard, son of Roy D, Blanchard and Opal V. (Blackford) Blanchard, was born on Jan. 24, 1931, at Home in Shambaugh, Iowa.
Glen had a love of working on cars, he would rather work on old vehicles then milking cows. So, his mother Opal usually milked the cows.
Glen liked to tell the story of how he was drafted into the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was drafted in November 1951 and given 2 weeks to join any branch, or he would be sent to the US Army. He said they showed short military movies of what the troops were doing in Korea, and it showed the Army laying in foxholes in the freezing cold, so he ran down and joined the US Navy. Glen enjoyed 4 years of service going overseas to Korea and Japan just to name a few, but he loved to talk about his time aboard the Battleship USS Lyman K. Swenson. Later, his nephew Randy Blanchard, (USAF) kept him supplied in Naval caps and Navy tire valve stem caps which he was proud to show off. Glen was honorably discharged in Oct. 1955, and upon returning home from service Glen returned to the profession he would work in the rest of his life, being a mechanic. He started working at different garages fixing cars. Glen eventually moved on to fixing the heavy equipment for construction crews putting the Eisenhower Tunnel through the mountains of Colorado. He made sure all the trucks and equipment ran for the electrical power crews as they put up the new poles or towers. Glen liked working outside the best, especially in a garage.
Glen met and married the love of his life, Jean (Jeanie) Z. Blanchard. They were married on Oct. 17, 1956. Glen and Jean were married for 64 years. To this marriage, they lovingly adopted 4 babies, ages 3,2,2, and 1 years of age between 1969-1972. Dana Lynn, Perry Glen, Tyler Glen, and Jewell Leann.
Glen was preceded in death by his loving wife Jean, son Tyler, his parents, brother Dean (Charlene) Blanchard, sister Cathleen (Donald) McIntyre, and sister-in-law Pat Blanchard.
Left to cherish our daddy, pop-pop and great pop-pop are his children Dana Lee, Perry Blanchard, Jewell (Jeff) Davis, daughter-in-law Brandy Blanchard; grandchildren, Dewey Engels, Zachery (Jenna) Blanchard, Chase Lee, Jesse Lee, Eric Blanchard, Ashley Blanchard, Elizabeth Blanchard, Ethan Blanchard, Summer Blanchard, Anthony (Danielle Holland) Blanchard, Hannah Davis, Gary Davis, 8 great-grandchildren, brother Raymond Blanchard, sister Helen (Leroy) Morrison and a host of nephew, nieces, family, and friends.
In Loving Memory
1931 - 2022