Gerald Blanchard – Hopkinton

Gerald Blanchard age 68, died Sunday, March 25, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 Thursday morning, March 29, 2018 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Hopkinton with interment in the Hopkinton Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from 4 until 7 Wednesday at the church and after 9:30 Thursday until service time. Fr. Paul Baldwin will officiate at the services. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello has been entrusted with Gerald’s services and care. Thoughts, Memories and Condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
Surviving is his wife, Mary Ann, a daughter, Carrie (Ben Randolph) O’Connell, Marion, 2 grandchildren, Mia O’Connell and Oliver Randolph, his aunt, Wilma Parsons, Cedar Rapids, his mother and father-in-law, Francis and Lois Boeding, Manchester, his brothers and sisters in-law, Doris (Dick) Cambridge, Dan (Karen) Boeding, Dennis (Carolyn) Boeding, Susan (Gerald) Beitz, Don (Kathy) Boeding, Lori (Darrell) Reyner, Vic (Leann) Boeding, Cheri (Mitch) Orcutt, Dick Milroy and Pat Boeding. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Tammy and his brother Gary a sister-in-law, Joyce Milroy, and a brothers-in-law, David Boeding and Tom Schlimmer.
Gerald Dean Blanchard was born October 13, 1949 at Waterloo, Iowa. He was the son of Samuel and Doris Parsons, Blanchard. Gerald attended West High School in Waterloo. He was employed at LeFebure in Cedar Rapids for several years. Gerald married Mary Ann Boeding on April 18, 1969 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Hopkinton. Gerald was a semi owner-operator for many years. In more recent times he drove for Murray Grain, Crop Mate Fertilizer and Bard Concrete. He and Mary Ann have owned and operated the Show Room in Hopkinton since 1981.
When he wasn’t working Gerald enjoyed going camping with the family and hunting and fishing. He and Mary Ann made yearly trips to Las Vegas over Super Bowl Weekend.