Ralph Jackson Blankenship, 89, of Pennsboro, Bonds Creek Community, passed away March 27, 2012, at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, W.Va.
He was born April 21, 1922 at Alum Creek, W.Va., a son of the late Wilburn and Mabel (Banks) Blankenship.
Mr. Blankenship retired as a union painter with 39 years for the IBPAT Local 1144 of Parkersburg. He enjoyed farming and hunting and was a member of the St. Marys Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII where he was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
Ralph was a member the Harmony Lodge #59 AF & AM, Pennsboro, 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg, O’Dell S. Long Chapter 25 and the Commandry, both of Pennsboro, and the Harris-Ritchie VFW Post 3554.
Surviving are his children: Linda Hamilton of Friendly, Connie Been (Mitchell) of Pennsboro, Dennis Blankenship (Malinda Jackson) of Pennsboro and Debbie Taylor (Pete) of Pennsboro, sister Geraldine Wade of Scott Depot, W.Va., brother Delmar Blankenship of Scott Depot, and brother Tommy Blankenship of Breinigsville, Pa.
He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Michael and Shane Hogue, Kara Spillman, Kristen Hopson and Valerie and Jordan Taylor, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Louise (King) Blankenship in 2006, an infant daughter Nancy Ann Blankenship, sisters Audrey Robinson and Guynith McClure and brothers James Blankenship and Monty “Bunk” Blankenship.
Funeral services will be Saturday 11 a.m. at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating. Interment will follow at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery with Masonic burial rites given by Harmony Lodge #59. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. and until service time Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, One Freedom’s Way, Clarksburg, WV 26301.
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