Ricky Blankenship

June 25, 1954 - July 20, 2011

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Obituary

Ricky Blankenship, 57, of Wolcottville died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in the emergency room at Cameron Hospital in Angola.

Mr. Blankenship had attended Prairie Heights High School. He worked for 36 years at Morgan Olson in Sturgis, Michigan.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of Kentucky basketball.

He was born June 25, 1954, in Martin, Kentucky, to Mitch and Alphia (Kaiser) Blankenship. On March 26, 2009, in LaGrange, he married Wilma Slone.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Blankenship of Wolcottville; his mother, Alphia Blankenship; a son, Travis Duane (Vivian) Blankenship of Rome City; a stepson, Ben (Linda) Castle of Rome City; three stepdaughters, Sharon (Wade) Cheek of Texas, Lisa Castle of Kokomo, and Charmin (Patrick) Baxter of Kendallville; 14 grandchilren, Amanda Lower, Shane Honaker, Jr., Cory Honaker, Cyrstal Castle, Danyiel Lower, Michael Cheek, Sarah Cheek, Dakota Hicks, Alex Padilla, Ryan Castle, Holly Castle, Kiarah Baxter, Hannah Baxter, and Kirsten Dickmeyer; a great granddaughter, Kyrie Honaker; two brothers, Mike (Margaret) Blankenship of Stroh and Doug (Jill) Blankenship of Hudson; a sister, Jeanetta (Wilgus "JR") Slone of Helmer; three nephews, Brandon Blankenship, Chad Blankenship, and Austin Keck; and two nieces, April Blankenship and Jennifer Polly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mitch Blankenship; a brother, Donnie Blankenship; and a stepdaughter, Tracy Ann Hicks.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville, with Rev. Willie Collins officiating. Burial will be in Woodruff Cemetery.

Calling is Sunday, July 24, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Monday..

Preferred memorials are to the family.

View a video tribute after Sunday or send condolences to the family at www.youngfamilyfunerahome.com

Guest Book

granddaughter amanda
September 20th, 2012 1:20am
lagrange, IN

hi grandpa rick! we sure r missing u..especially grandma..she sure could use a lil comfort from her soulmate..sorry about your house, i know she would have kept it if she could..gonna miss u n aunt tracy at the holidays..your big cheesy smile n laugh was sure contagious..hope u can watch over my grandma n offer a lil peace..we love u bunches!! XOXO

August 25th, 2011 5:54pm
hudson,in.

i miss you my friend.i still cant believe you are gone.

becky
August 16th, 2011 11:00am
mi

Dearest Wilma I can not express my sympathy enough to you and your family! so so sorry for you loss.

David Ray
July 28th, 2011 12:13pm
Mendon,Michigan

To Rick's family, Sorry to hear about Rick's passing. I worked with Rick at Grumman Olson for 25 years until 1998.We always joked and said we were "cousins" because I've got cousins with the name Slone.Could not make it to the funeral because of health problems myself. Love ya always big guy, Dave Ray & Family

Amanda Lower and Jeremy Fuller
July 25th, 2011 10:31pm
Lagrange, IN

Rick...well i should say grandpa Rick, I am sorry that I did not get to know you better over the years, time together here on earth gets taken for granted too often, but thank you for the wonderful holiday memories and accepting all of us into your life. I have never seen my grandma as happy as she was with you. I believe you were her soulmate. We will never forget you and your kindness and laughter. I had a daydream that my aunt tracy met you in heaven with her arms wide open, and after welcoming you with a hug, the two of you walked hand in hand to meet the rest of the family...We love you!

Caprice Hunt
July 25th, 2011 12:01am
Chicago IL

FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK GOD FOR THE LIFE OR RICK BLANKENSHIP, AND FOR ALL OF HIS HARD LABOR A BEING AT MORGAN OLSON FOR ALL OF THE YEARS OF HIS LIFE. RICK HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS BLESSING TO ME PERSONALLY AND TO MY FATHER AND A.K.A. SIDEKICK JAMES BROWN JR. i AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THE CARD PARTIES, THAT THEY HAD AS I WAS GROWING UP IN MY YOUTH, AND FOR HIM HELPING TO SET UP FOR MY OPEN HOUSE, HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, HE IS A TRUE HARD WORKER AND A REAL MAN OF GOD, I HOPE HE FINDS ETERNAL REST WITH HIS EARTHLY FATHER AND IN HEAVEN, AND HIS FATHER TO RECIEVE HIM INTO HIS GATES. RICK MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY AND I THANK YOU FOR ENRICHING MY LIFE, IN ALL WAYS, GOD HAS A FORD TRUCK WAITING FOR YOU, SEE YOU SOON IN HEAVEN CAPRICE EDWARD HUNT-MCINTEE

James Brown
July 24th, 2011 11:07pm
Sturgis, Michigan

I miss you already! My heart and thoughts of you will always be with me for the for rest of my life!It was so good to have a friend like you. God gave us 36yrs.of a beatiful friendship that not that too many people say they have! You and the Blankenship Family have always accepted me into your Family. God Speed my Friend! Always and forever!!!!!!!

tolvie jr hamilton
July 24th, 2011 5:49pm
teaberry,ky

so sorry for the loss.my prayers are with all the family.i know he will be greatly missed.

teddy hamilton
July 24th, 2011 5:48pm
teaberry,ky

so sorry for the loss.my prayers are with all the family.i know he will be greatly missed.

james hamilton
July 24th, 2011 5:48pm
teaberry,ky

so sorry for the loss.my prayers are with all the family.i know he will be greatly missed.

freddie hamilton
July 24th, 2011 5:47pm
teaberry,ky

so sorry for the loss.my prayers are with all the family.i know he will be greatly missed.

jimmy ray hamilton
July 24th, 2011 5:46pm
stanville ,ky,ky

so sorry for the loss.my prayers are with all the family.i know he will be greatly missed.

sandra howell
July 24th, 2011 5:45pm
teaberry,ky

so sorry for the loss.my prayers are with all the family.i know he will be greatly missed.

Kenny Kathy Custer
July 24th, 2011 5:35pm
Angola, IN

Rick was a good man who will be truly missed by many. You could always count on him to make a joke or tell a story to make you laugh. Gonna miss you Big Rick.

Patrick D. Davis
July 23rd, 2011 8:01pm
Side Jig

I love you Rick. We will miss your stories, singing, kindness and your BITCHING!!!!

Ben & Linda Castle
July 23rd, 2011 2:25pm
Rome City, Indiana

Rick, You will be so dearly missed! Thank you for the love and laughter you shared with all of us. You put a smile on many faces by simply being yourself! You were a wonderful son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend...a true example of how God would like for all of us to be! May you rest in eternal peace Rick! Love You Always, Ben, Linda, Ryan, and Holly

jerry, karen and jessica rhodes
July 22nd, 2011 2:03pm
goshen, indiana

We are so sorry about your loss. Ricky could always make you smile when you were down. He will be greatly missed. He had a wonderful smile and when he was up to something he would get this funny grin on his face. May he RIP

Willis & Trena Slone
July 22nd, 2011 1:20pm
Carrie KY

Travis and family, we are so sorry to hear this. We will keep you in our prayers.

Philip Beppler
July 22nd, 2011 11:17am
Sturgis, MI

My sympathies to the family for your loss. Rickys jokes and laughter will be miss by many at the shop.

Ashley Samuels
July 22nd, 2011 3:26am
Sturgis, MI

I love you Ricky. You may not have been my blood grandpa, but you were always the best grandpa a kid could every have. I love you and you will be missed dearly!

LisaCastle
July 21st, 2011 8:18pm
Kokomo,Indiana

We will miss you dad and love you!..tell our sissy Tracy hello when you see her ....Love your step-daughter,Lisa

kim rogers& homer bentley
July 21st, 2011 7:35pm
red fox, ky.

travis we are so sorry to here this.we are praying for u and your family.god bless u all