Delmon Ernest Blankenship Delmon Ernest Blankenship passed away peacefully on June 26, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 13, 1935, in Ajlune, WA to William and Segretta Blankenship. Del served in the United States Marine Corps and later served as a Fireman at McCord Airforce Base for 33 years. He enjoyed his days running Del's Landscaping which started his love for gardening. He enjoyed barbequing, cooking, his race horses at Longacres, playing blackjack, hanging with his buddies at Hawks Prairie, visiting his family in Hawaii and especially Washington Husky Football. Del was preceded in death by his brothers, Arnold, Harry, and Freeman; and his grandson, Jason Morgan. He is survived by his two daughters, Greta Flavin and Cyndi Helle (Greg); grandchildren, Joseph Morgan, Mackenzie Richardson (Spencer), Kasha Sonntag (Scott), Greg Jr. Helle (Kristin), Dusty Hovrud (Jessica), Joshua Morgan, Hailee Helle, Randee Helle, Kendell Flavin, Chelsea Flavin; and 14 great grandchildren, Kai and Porter Richardson, Isaiah and Mason Sonntag, Brogan, Tyson, and Cora Helle, Justus Morgan, Lucas Hovrud, Dillon, Olivia, and Thane Helle; Jayda Helle, and Jahsiah Flavin. Del was survived by his brother, Swede Blankenship. Del's true love was his family. He was a man who valued relationships and touched his friends and family in many different ways. His strong legacy will live on. A service will be held in his honor at Tahoma National Cemetery 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98402, on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
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Published in The Olympian on July 2, 2014