Mr. Blankenship was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a veteran in the Army of World War II, a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Lodge in Dexter, past president of the Dexter Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Dexter Rotary Club, and served on the Dexter Hospital Board. He attended Dexter Public Schools and was a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He was active in the banking business and retired from Union Planters Bank in 1990. He was an avid sportsman, enjoyed hunting, golf, fishing and had a passion for duck hunting.
He was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Robinson on Dec. 19, 1947, in Dexter. Mrs. Blankenship survives of the home in Dexter.
Besides his wife, Mary Ellen Blankenship, other survivors include two sons, Richard Warren Blankenship and his wife, Kaye of Dexter, and Robert Scott Blankenship and his wife Jana of Dexter; two grandsons, Jon Matthew Blankenship of Dexter and Robert Weslee Blankenship of Phoenix, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Jordan Lin Blankenship and Jessica Stroud Blankenship, both of Dexter; and one brother, Dr. Dale Minton Blankenship of Savannah, Ga.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Thomas Dale Blankenship.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating.
Entombment will be held at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield following memorial service.
The family has encouraged all memorials be made to The First Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 295, Dexter, Mo. 63841.