Orville Leo Blanchett, 85, Damar, died Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born March 10, 1933, in Weathers, Ark., to Joe and Nettie (Weber) Blanchett. He was a resident of Damar and attended grade school and high school in Minneola.
He married Sharlene Smith in Oct. 1952, in Dodge City. He was a U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War, obtaining the title of corporal on Oct. 22, 1954. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he served in the Reserves until 1961.
He was a member of the Church of Christ, Minneola, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1714, Dodge City.
Survivors include his former wife, Sharlene Gross, Hays; his companion of more than 20 years, Georgia LaBarge, Damar; four daughters, Charmane Besperat and husband, John, Timken, Michele Blanchett, Pueblo, Colo., Tammy Marrs and husband, Tim, Meade, and Kelli Thiel and husband, Mark, Hays; a brother, Bob Blanchett; his twin sister, Cleo Hughes; a son-in-law, Dennis Nowlin, Ellis; eight grandchildren, Shane Blanchett, Ben Marrs, Christine Black, Shannon McGregor, Lance Gosser, Traci Burns, Melissa Erbert, and Rachel Lundstrom; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Renee Nowlin; a brother, Truman Blanchett; and two sisters, Wilma Hall, and Lorraine Axline.
Per Leo’s wishes, his body has been donated to the University of Kansas School of Medicine Willed Body Program. A private celebration of his life be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice at Hays Medical Center.
Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.charterfunerals.com/locations/janousek-lacrosse.php.