LEONIN BLANCHAMP, father of
MATTHEUS BLANSHAN, father of
MATHIEU BLANSHAN, father of
MATHEUS BLANSHAN, father of
JACOB BLANSHAN, father of
MATTHEUS JACOB BLANSHAN , father of
MATTHEW BLANSHAN (1825), father of
DANIEL ISAAC BLANSHAN, father of

MERTON WILLARD BLANSHAN
Merton Willard Blanshan was born June 24, 1884 in Greene County, Iowa to Daniel Isaac and Ella
Nancy Mack Blanshan. He married Sadie Rachel Anderson, daughter of Samuel C and Mary Elizabeth
Jenkins Anderson on March 28, 1912. Merton and Sadie farmed in Junction Township of Greene
County. Sadie was born January 9,  1891. Sadie died September 28, 1969 and Merton died March 12,
1955 at age 70.

The children of Merton and Sadie were:

Naomi E. - born in 1913. She married a Mr. Harper and Kern Elerick. She had children Dean and Kay.

Harold Irwin - born April 29, 1916. He married a neighbor girl, Gladys Mildred Rueter (1919 - 2004),
daughter of Henry and Emma Rueter of Grand Junction.  They had four children:  Bob, Dick, Gene and
Donna. Harold died January 10, 2001 and Gladys died in 2004.

Donald Keith - born December 15, 1919. He married Marjorie Lincoln, born July 4, 1923. They had
children Carol J., Patricia and David. Donald died December 31, 1986 and is buried along with his wife
in Grand Junction Cemetery.

Cleo M. - born 1927. She married DeVere Krauthoff. She had children Delores Gurnsey and Thomas
Krauthoff. She died April 27, 2011.

Kenneth Willard - born June 9, 1929.  He married Vera M. (born August 26, 1928, died July 29,
1996)and they had a daughter Cindy. Kenneth died May 2, 1974 at age 44.

Ella "June" - born March 29, 1937. She married Jack D. West and they had five children:  Jodene,
Janet, Julie, John and Joyce. June died May 23, 2007 in Runnells, Polk County, Iowa and Jack died
July 11, 2004. They are buried in Lowman Cemetery in Runnells.
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Harold and Naomi (bottom right) with their
maternal grandparents.