William Carl Blanchard

Aug 31, 1951 - Aug 29, 2023

William Carl Blanchard

August 31, 1951 - August 29, 2023


William Carl Blanchard, 71, of Hartford, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa.

He was born in Des Moines on August 31, 1951, to Leaton and Alice (Mackin) Blanchard. William attended school in Des Moines. After school, he began working in retail sales in the automotive parts industry. He married Judy Davis in August of 1970 and the couple lived in Des Moines before moving to Hartford.

William was a volunteer for the Hartford Fire Department, a member of CB Radio Club, East Gate #630 Masonic Lodge, the Ga-Za-Zig Shrine, and the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children Ray Blanchard of Hartford, IA, Bill Blanchard of Carlisle, IA, and Patti Kielmann of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren Kimberly Kielmann, Samantha Rudolph, and Ashley Blanchard; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings Ron Blanchard, Leaton Blanchard, and Sandy Gathercole; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Judy, sisters Linda Watkins and Pauline Young, and brother John Blanchard.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Shriners Children's Twin Cities Hospital or the Hartford Fire Department in William's name.

Celebrate Life Iowa has been entrusted with William's cremation care.


Wed, Sep 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Highland Memory Garden

1 NE 60th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313

Let the family know who you are using our sign-in form below.

Just for verification: we never spam!

Get service directions in your inbox.

we never spam!

Get updates

Sign up to receive a notification daily whenever there is an update on this obituary.


we never spam!

Simple Checkout

Your loved one's details
Your information

How can we reach you?

When a loved one dies unexpectedly while traveling, it can add an additional layer of stress and expense, often costing over $4500. With just one call, our professionals will take care of all the necessary details to bring your loved one home, including arranging transportation and filing permits.

Select an Urn

Basic Urn


Sparten Nickel


Henna Rosewood


Simple Rosewood


Capella Nickel