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Cheryl Lewis Renner
· September 24, 2017
These ladies and gents are amazing!! they did a honor for my dad (james lewis) and i know dad would have been proud
thank you for patriotism and respect for my daddy and from the lewis family, god bless
Karen Good
· July 10, 2017
The family of Scott Shaull, LaCygne, was extremely impressed with the America Legion Riders as they stood outside the funeral home with flags flying. It was breath taking and humbling. Then, they arri...ved at the funeral with flags flowing, joined us for the Pledge of Allegiance, and led the procession to the cemetery. We promised our father a funeral with military honors. The Riders made our promise a reality. God bless you all. See More
Mike Peace
· February 25, 2018
An unwavering group of dedicated thoughtful people!
Steve Town
· May 29, 2016
This group of individuals honored my Dad at his funeral Mass and during the service at the cemetery. It was a great tribute to my Dad and a memory that will forever stay with me, our families and frie...nds that witnessed their honor, respect and professionalism. Fyi...they may be based out of Paola, but cover at least a 4 county area. Thank You ALRs! See More
Ed Scott
· November 5, 2016
The American Legion Riders - Post 156, Paola, KS - paid a wonderful and respectful tribute tomy mother, Alice Scott, at her funeral in Paola, KS this past September. The riders were very kind and acco...mmodating to our 10-year old son.
All who attended my mother's funeral were moved by their wonderful display of reverence and respect.
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Erma Banta
· February 10, 2017
A big thanks to American Legion Riders Chapter 156, Paola KS, for the welcoming sight of flags displayed outside of the funeral home in honor of my father. It meant so much to my family to see Dad ho...nored in such a way. God bless the American Legion Riders. See More
Steve Reed
· April 8, 2014
American legion riders chapter 156 take pride in honoring our united states of America veterans i've had the honor of riding with a few of these women & men. I commend all members of chapter 156. I p...romise you all don't go unnoticed standing tall and proud. See More
Bruce Hurt
· July 24, 2012
Paola parade on wednesday. Meet at 630 north east corner of square. Going to be hot so bring water. See you all there
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Standing in honor of American hero Jim Blanchard, US Army. May God be with you.

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The family of American hero James R. Blanchard, US Army, Bietnam Veteran, asked us to honor their loved one. May God be with you.

James R. Blanchard, age 76, of Paola Kansas passed away April 17, 2018 Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Dengel & Son Mortuary Louisburg Chapel. Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at the chapel. Burial with military honors in the Somerset Cemetery, Somerset, KS James was born August 11, 1941 to John Alex Bl...anchard and Sarah Helen Howard in Somerset, Kansas. He was united in marriage to Mary L. Moser on December 30, 1963 at the Christian Church in Paola, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1966. James worked on bridge construction for many years working for Wilkerson and Fogel Anderson Construction Companies. He also worked for Town Oil Company for many years and owned his own oil lease called Blanchard Oil. James belonged to Louisburg American Legion Post 250 and the Paola Eagles. He played karaoke in Miami and Linn Counties and was an avid hunter and fisherman. James was preceded in death by his sisters, Billie Bearman, Rosemary Morgan-Courtney, Jerry Carroll, and Joann Brinkley and brother, John H. Blanchard. He is survived by his wife, Mary Blanchard of the home; son, John R. Blanchard & wife, Brandi Wright of Baldwin City, KS; daughter, Sharon Kraft of Paola, KS; granddaughter, Jillian Blanchard of Baldwin City, KS; grandson, Michael Harper of Paola, KS and several nieces and nephews and many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice, Miami County Cancer Foundation or Olathe Cancer

Funeral Service

Friday, April 20, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dengel & Son Mortuary - Louisburg
120 S. Broadway Street, Louisburg,

Cemetery Details

Somerset Cemetery
287 Road, Paola, KS 66071

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