May 22, 1934 - August 11, 2020
The passing of John Calvin Blankenship - A journey from one life into the next On August 11, 2020, John Calvin Blankenship, loving husband and father of 4 children, grandfather of 10, great grandfather of 15 children and 1 great- great grandchild, passed away at the age of 86. John was born in May, 1934 , son of Joe F and Nellie F Blankenship, in Scott County Mo. He was raised during the shadows of the great depression. He started his work life early as a kid sitting pins in the local bowling alley and other jobs to earn money to buy the first family car. John married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Joy on April 5th 1953. Together, for 67 years, they raised their two daughters and two sons. John served in the Missouri National Guard from 1952 to 1961. The owner of Blankenship Sinclair Service Station in Cape Girardeau for 38 years, people often stopped to watch as he bathed his horses in the car wash bay as the family readied to go to the show after work. John was born with a love for horses. Starting with work horses and mules as a child. His love continued to grow at their family home, the Cedar Vista Ranch. Raising and training horses was his passion. He loved to trail ride but also loved to show them at local and state championships. He definitely believed the smell of a horse was good for the soul. He loved life and loved to dance. He and Marilyn would often entertain the crowd jitterbugging at the annual barn dances they would throw for friends. An avid outdoorsman, he would start or end most any day with a walk in the woods as he taught his kids and grandkids about nature, learning the types of trees and species of birds and how to track various animals as well as the enjoyment of hunting. A life member in the NRA you could count on his handy pistol being on his side. Yes, this old cowboy loved the smell of gun smoke. Another of his loves was the Cowboy Church and the joy of fellowship. John is survived by his children, Debbie (Neil) Petty, Pam (Bob)Adams, Rick (Chris) Blankenship and Brian (Laura) Blankenship, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild who will continue to carry his memories. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Bill Blankenship and Ronald(Beth) Blankenship and 1 sister, Betty(Al) Ashton. Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Jackson, Missouri and 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Friday, August 14, 2020 at the funeral home in Jackson. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am Friday, August 14, 2020 at Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Jackson with the Rev. Jim Matthews officiating. Burial will be at Russell Heights in Jackson, with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be given to Cape County Cowboy Church 220 Orchard Lane, Oak Ridge Missouri 63769.
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