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Barney Blanco, 86, Ottawa, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.  

Cremation is planned. The family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. A private inurnment is planned at Chippewa Indian Cemetery with military honors by the Fort Riley Honor Guard.

Barney was born Saturday, June 5, 1926, in Quenemo, the son of Salvador and Guadalupe (Sambrno) Blanco.

He has been a resident of Ottawa since the late 1930s, moving from Quenemo.

Barney attended schools in Quenemo and Ottawa.

He was an operator of heavy road equipment in the Quenemo area before enlisting in the U.S. Army in September 1944. He served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theater, Korea and Vietnam. His tours of duty included Germany, Bolivia and various posts in the United States. He retired as a First Sergeant in April 1973.   

He was a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5901 of Ottawa.

Many of Barney’s favorite activities included coaching little league, as well as being an avid fan of the Denver Broncos and watching CNN around the clock. He enjoyed auctions, yard sales, camping, fishing, league bowling and going to the casino. He also enjoyed using his metal detector to find many treasures.

On Nov. 7, 1947, Barney was united in marriage with Norma Evelyn Conner at Junction City. She preceded him in death March 1, 2001.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Norma Blanco; parents, Salvador and Guadalupe (Sambrno) Blanco; two sisters, Romona Cannova and Juanita Nunez; four brothers, Lorenzo, Poncino, Jesse and Manuel Blanco Sr.; a granddaughter, Candice Blanco; a grandson, Jance Blanco; and a great-grandson, Vince Rameriz.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia Smith and her husband, Richard, Greeley, Colo.; two sons, Gary Blanco and his companion, Colleen Adams, Ottawa, and Tracy Blanco, Ottawa; four grandchildren, Joshua Blanco and his wife, Laurie, Justin Blanco and his fiancé, Jessica Wallis, Kasey Martin and her husband, John, and Cheyenne Blanco; and 10 great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Payton, Hannah, Maximus, Kendall, Dawson, Brendon and Konnur Blanco, Kaylee and Karlee Martin.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Disabled American Veterans through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.  

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