November 26, 2022

Dustin L. Blanchard


Dustin Lee Blanchard, 37, of Creston, passed unexpectedly into eternal life on Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022. The funeral service will be held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Dustin will be laid to rest in the Greenfield Cemetery with Military Honors by the U.S. Army National Guard. A luncheon will be served after the interment at the church. Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center of Creston is in charge of arrangements.

The family would enjoy seeing you and hearing any memories you have of Dustin.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Dustin Blanchard Tribute Fund located on the funeral home website. Memories and condolences can also be shared online at

Dustin Lee Blanchard was born May 12, 1985, to Connie Blanchard (Pennock) and Patrick McPhee in Des Moines. Dustin graduated from Smithfield High School in North Carolina. He attended NASCAR University in Mooresville, North Carolina, and DMACC in Ankeny. Dustin voluntarily enlisted into the U.S. Army Reserve on Oct. 5, 2018, and served as a culinary specialist with the HHC, 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and later with the 238th Quartermaster Company in Des Moines.

Some of Dustin’s favorite hobbies were playing his guitar, drawing, fishing, camping and the love of cars. He loved to work with his hands, always tinkering on something. Dustin would do anything for anyone, he had a very kind and loving heart. If only holding a hand out to assist his elders, listening to your day or needing that extra hand moving or putting something together, Dustin was always there to help.

He loved picking up the guitar just to jam a little with his dad or grandpa Blanchard whenever the opportunity arose. Dustin’s laughter was contagious, he would laugh over the silliest things with his family or just sharing a joke with his mom.

The real highlight of Dustin’s life was when he became a dad to Connor Blanchard. Connor was the light of his life, they were inseparable. As a single dad raising his son, Dustin did a great job even when things got tough. Connor was Dustin’s co-pilot, Dustin was his super-hero.

Left to cherish Dustin’s memories are his son, Connor Blanchard of Creston; mom, Connie Blanchard (Pennock) (Larry), of Gering, Nebraska; dad, Patrick (Kelli) McPhee of Pleasant Hill; sisters, Kendra (Justin) Flammger of Little Elm, Texas, Cassandra (Jarred) Bridges of Selma, North Carolina, Nicole (Justin) Henning of Hickman, Nebraska; four nephews; two nieces; along with many other relatives and friends.

Dustin was preceded in death by brothers, Mark and Matthew Towne; great-aunt, Joyce Herr; great-grandparents, William and Opal Herr; grandparents, Walter and Beverly McPhee; uncle, Keith McPhee.