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Obituary for Eldon Roger Blanshan

Eldon Roger Blanshan, age 86, was born on February 3, 1931, at home on the family farm east of Grand Junction, Iowa. He was the fourth of five boys born to Ernest and Lela (Dugan) Blanshan, at a location that would be recognized as a Century Farm in the 1970’s, designating land farmed by the same family for a hundred years. Eldon attended Grand Junction High School and attained an Associate’s Degree funded in part by the G. I. Bill. Eldon was a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Korean War. He was a life-long member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Eldon married M. Madonna Mestdagh on August 10, 1963 in Boone, Iowa, and together they had one daughter, Bridget K. Blanshan. Eldon was a career Rural Mail Carrier serving the communities of Grand Junction and Paton and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1990 after 30 years of service. Eldon earned numerous safe driving recognitions culminating in a career approaching a million miles driven without an accident. Shortly after retiring from the Post Office, Eldon was employed by the then Boone County Transportation where he spent 17 years driving a bus serving small children, people with disabilities and senior citizens. He found this role very gratifying, always taking seriously his responsibility for his passengers’ safety and going the extra mile to help people in need. Through his work with the Post Office and Boone County Transportation he developed cherished, lifelong friendships. In addition to his work, Eldon enjoyed farming and gardening. He took pride in his home and acreage and particularly enjoyed hosting events with Madonna for their extended family.

Eldon and his beloved dog, Ralph, moved to Escondido, CA, in August of 2010 to share a home with his daughter, Bridget. As of September, 2016, he was under the care of Elizabeth Hospice of Escondido which provided physical and pastoral support and comfort through his peaceful passing at home on March 4, 2017. Eldon is survived by his daughter, Dr. Bridget Blanshan, Sylvia Stowers, whom he loved as a daughter, one brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Fran Blanshan of Fort Dodge, IA, and several nieces, nephews, and dear friends whom he loved very much. Eldon is proceeded in death by his wife, Madonna, his parents, and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Willis & Alice Blanshan, Floyd & Mary Blanshan, and Gerald & Phyllis Blanshan.

A Memorial Service will be Monday, September 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel, at Sixth and Marshall. Burial of his cremains will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by the Boone Veterans Council.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel on Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m. where a Vigil Service will be at 7 p.m.

On Monday, friends may call at the Chapel from 9 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans.


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Visitation

Sunday

17

Sep

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel

1006 Sixth Street
Boone, IA 50036

Memorial Service

Monday

18

Sep

11:00 AM
Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel

1006 Sixth Street
Boone, IA 50036

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