- July 31, 1949 - July 2, 2012
- Dunbar, West Virginia
of Kim's Passing
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1 of 18 | Posted by: Karen - El reno, OK - Wife
“I lovea nd miss you everyday. One of the kindest most gentle giants I've ever known
2 of 18 | Posted by: karen blankenship - el reno, OK
“My love its hard to believe its been almost a year. I don't know what to say. I miss you. My heart my soul
3 of 18 | Posted by: karen - el reno, OK - wife
“Rick and I went to church together growing up for many years.He was always a kind and gentle person.So sorry that he had been so sick. But he is with...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: LANA CLINE /ROWE
“I love you baby.
5 of 18 | Posted by: karen blankeship - spouse
“My memories of "Ricky" are from long ago when we were children. I haven't seen him in many years. Fond memories of traveling from Michigan to "back...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Carolyn Perry Trickey - Olivet, MI
“Thank you for always welcoming me and treating me the way you did. Thank you for watching over my mother and making her happy. Thank you for...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Justin Risenhoover - El Reno, OK
“I pray that the Lord comforts you all in this difficult time. Heaven gained an angel and we know that he'll be watching over all his loved one. He...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Rebecca Risenhoover - El Reno
“Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
9 of 18 | Posted by: Leah Brisendine - Belle, WV
“I will always remember family get togethers with my Uncle Rick. All the holidays spent with the grown ups all talking and joking while us kids played...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Stephanie Blankenship-Dean - MI
“Rick was my big brother. It was our playing together as kids that made us both better ball players. When it rained, we played baseball with a made...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Wendell Scott Blankenship - MI
“Karen, I may not know you or Rick but I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. (I am Peggy Burgess's daughter)
12 of 18 | Posted by: Natasha Looney - Lebanon, VA
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13 of 18 | Posted by: Natasha Looney - Lebanon, VA
“Grew up with Ricky in Greenville
14 of 18 | Posted by: Joseph (Joeboy) Gollie
“Rick was my boss for a time at Hobet 21. I hate to hear that he has passed on.. My prayers go out to his family.
15 of 18 | Posted by: Jimmy (Smoky) Robinson - VA
“remember Kim well from high school and so very sorry to hear of his loss..he was always smiling in school and a special alumni of 1967.. Prayers go...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Joyce Farris Robinson - bluefield, VA
“I went thru grade school, Jr. High and graduated with Kim. My memory of him is his kindness and gentle nature with all us classmates. We got to see...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Gail (Whitt) Imes - Brooksville, FL
“Rick was so much like his mother, kind, considerate, & always thoughtful. He will be missed.
18 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Johnson - San Antonio, TX
Kim Rickford Blankenship, 62, of Dunbar, left this earth July 2, 2012.
He was born on July 31, 1949 in Sandy Bottom, WV to Silas Cleveland, Jr. and Anna Lucille Houck. He graduated Man High School in 1967. He attended Marshall University, Logan Branch.
Rick enlisted in the United States Navy Sept 19, 1968- May 21, 1974. He served on the USS Hornet Apollo Lunar Spacecraft Recovery July 15th 1969. He received many awards as part of his service in the US Navy.
After returning from the Navy he spent most of his years in West Virginia working as a Surface Mining Supervisor in the coal industry. He was lovingly known to his co-workers as Boss Rick.
Rick leaves behind his wife Karen Copeland Blankenship; sons Kim R. "Ricky" (Christy) Blankenship II, Dylan Lavell Risenhoover and his fiancée (Ciara Gardiner) and Justin James (Becca) Risenhoover; 3 grandchildren, Conner Marshall, Ethan James, and Bella Marie; He also leaves his first wife Rebecca and husband Allan Dantes; his mother-in Law Ethel Copeland; sister-in-law Deborah Copeland; nephews, Nick, Wayne and Jeremiah Holder;
brother, Wendell Scott (Mary Jane) Blankenship of Lansing, Michigan; nephew, Scott (Melissa) Blankenship and their children, McKenzie and Tyler; niece, Stephanie (Paul) Dean, and their children, Taylor, Mason, and Braydon of Swanson, Michigan; sister, Mary Beth Bassett and her son Kyle of Florida; sister, Connie Ester (Bethel) Toler and their daughter McKenna of Coshocton; sister, Stacy Dawn (Paul) Beachy and their children Joshua and Matthew of Sugarcreek; Aunt Evelyn (Bill) Wheeler, Kathleen Bailey and Elizabeth Selby all of Ashland Kentucky; Henry Coburn Houck of Cedar Rapids Iowa; Aunts, Ardith Barner and Dorothy Steadman of Michigan; Johnny Blankenship of Louisville, Kentucky; as well as a host of other relatives.
He was the kindest strongest man and a true inspiration to all who knew him. He will always be our heart and I am privileged to have had this time with you.
Family and friends may visit from 10 AM until 1 PM on Monday, July 9, 2012 at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston to celebrate the life of Rick.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.