05/27/2015 11:33 EDT | Updated 05/27/2015 12:59 EDT

Illinois Couple Leo and Ruth Zanger Welcome 100th Grandchild

“The good Lord has just kept sending them.”

Leo and Ruth Zanger’s family is so big, they could start their own town.


The couple from western Illinois recently welcomed their 100th grandchild. Jaxton Leo was born to grandson Austin and his wife Ashleigh on April 8.

“The good Lord has just kept sending them,” Leo told The Quincy Herald-Whig. Ruth added, “There’s always room for one more.”

Married for 56 years, the couple have 12 children of their own. Linda is the eldest at 58 and Joe is the youngest at 31.

Joe already had 10 nieces and nephews by the time he was born in 1984.

Leo and Ruth Zanger. Photo: Leo Zanger/Facebook

The Zanger family. Photo: Leo Zanger/Facebook

Most of the family lives in the Quincy area, which makes for easy hiring when it comes to recruiting workers for the family realty business.

Leo is the managing broker and owner of Zanger & Associates in Quincy where several of his kids and grandkids work.

The Zangers are a tight-knit family, so when it comes to get-togethers, a church hall has to be rented out to accommodate everyone.

As for food, The Associate Press reports it takes about 10 turkeys or 50 pounds of ham to keep the entire Zanger flock stuffed.

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