Glenn C. Blankers

Glenn C. Blankers, age 82, of Sheldon, Iowa and formerly of Boyden, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

His services will be 10:30 am Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the First Reformed Church in Boyden, Iowa with Rev. Matthew Draffen ~ officiating. Burial will be in the Sheridan Township Cemetery in Boyden, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2013 after 2:00pm with the Family present from 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa

Online memorial condolences may be sent to:
Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Glenn Cornelius Blankers was born on February 13, 1930 to Cornelius “Case” and Alice (Vander Haar) Blankers. He attended country schools around the O’Brien/Sioux County areas and graduated from the 8th grade. Glenn was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa and made profession of faith there. Glenn joined the Iowa National Guard in 1947 as a member of Company I of Sheldon. Glenn reached the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1958.

Glenn served as a member of the Boyden Fire Department for 32 years. He was very proud to have a son and grandson follow in his footsteps, becoming members of the Boyden Fire Department. Glenn worked at Dethmers Implement and Manufacturing. He left there to become part owner of Quality Farm Supply in Boyden and later returned to Demco Manufacturing, retiring from the company in 1997. Glenn married Gertrude “Trudy” Bosman on May 26, 1954 at the First Reformed Church of Boyden, and they made their home in Boyden. They attended the First Reformed Church of Boyden where he was active as a deacon, elder, usher, choir member, and involved in Christian education. In 2007, Glenn and Trudy moved to the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon, Iowa. Glenn moved to Sanford Senior Care in December 2011, and he passed away there on February 5, 2013 reaching the age of 82 years, 11 months and 23 days.

Glenn enjoyed singing and was a member of the Sheldon Apollo Club, the Sheldon Barbershop Chorus, and the Senior Saints for many years. He also enjoyed woodworking, traveling and golf during retirement.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 58 years, Trudy; 4 children, Gaylene Blankers of Winterset, Iowa; Gary (Evonne) Blankers of Sioux City, Iowa; Galen (Denise) Blankers of Sheldon, Iowa and Gloria (Brian) Bartelt of Titonka, Iowa; grandchildren, Andrea (Patrick) Regan, Mark Blankers and his fiancé, Diane Schroth, and Emily Blankers; Elizabeth Blankers, Craig (Anna) Blankers and Christopher Blankers; Matthew Bartelt and David Bartelt. Glenn was looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild in May. He is also survived by his brother, Harold (Aletha) Blankers of Port Charlotte, Florida, sisters-in-law, Mildred Blankers and Muriel (Andy) Kanengieter both of Sheldon, Iowa along with many nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.

Preceding Glenn in death are his parents and 2 brothers, Dwight and Lee.


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