He was united in marriage to his wife Elizabeth Kaye Williams on Aug. 14, 1979, at Dexter. Mrs. Blankenship survives of the home in Dexter.
Rick was a loving man, a loving husband to Kaye, a loving father to his sons, Matt and Tommy, as well as to "all the lost boys" he "took to raise", a loving brother to Scott and a loving son to Bob and Mary Ellen. Rick was a spiritual man, and he loved his church, the Dexter First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he had attended since birth. He was an elder, a choir member, and had served on the diaconate and many other church boards and committees. Rick loves music, whether singing in his choir or keeping the beat with his band Flashback. He loved celebrations, especially get-togethers with family and with his many friends. Rick loved the outdoors, particularly when golfing, hunting, fishing, or riding his new motorcycle was involved.
This multi-talented "renaissance man" loved programming computers, creating, fixing up things and just figuring out how things worked. Rick was an Elk. An Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.
Besides his wife, Kaye Blankenship of Dexter, other survivors include his mother, Mary Ellen Blankenship of Dexter; one son, Matt Blankenship of Dexter; and by one brother, Scott Blankenship of Dexter.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert "Bob" Blankenship, and one son, Tommy Blankenship.
Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2006, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating. Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.
The Blankenship family has requested that memorials may be made to the Dexter First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Building Fund.
"People can you feel it? Love is everywhere."