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Palmer Lee Blankenship

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Blankenship Palmer Lee Blankenship, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, 93, of Newark, formerly of Columbus, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at SharonBrooke Assisted Living. He was born in Mossy Bottom, Kentucky January 19, 1920 to Malcom Blankenship and Martha (Stephens) Blankenship. As a teen, Palmer joined the CCC, then later moved to Columbus, where he started to work in 1940 for General Maintenance & Engineering, the same company he retired from 42 years later. He married Anna Lee Alexander on December 28, 1946, and devoted himself to loving and caring for his "Annie" until his death. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ann Blankenship; son, Ronald Blankenship (Karen); daughter, Denise Pangborn (Ed); and son, Palmer Blankenship (Patti); grandchildren, Ronald Blankenship, Cindy Wright, Darlene Blankenship, Todd Pangborn, Carrie Pangborn, Palmer Blankenship III, and Jeremy Blankenship; and several great-grandchildren, including Ty and Callie Pangborn, whose visits he so enjoyed; brother. Mack; and sisters, Avonelle Kinney, Erma Watts, Dot Wolff, and Ruby Ratel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Ed and Clint Blankenship, and sister Genevieve Litteral. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Bricklayer's Union for over 70 years, and a member of Calvin United Presbyterian Church, Columbus. His life will be celebrated on Sunday, July 28, 2013, from 2-5 p.m. at BRUCKER-KISHLER FUNERAL HOME, 985 N. 21st St, Newark, Ohio. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, July 29 (visitation 9-10 a.m.) at the Outville Presbyterian Church, 6463 Outville Rd. SW, Pataskala, OH 43062. Rev. Steve Merold officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family would also like to thank the kind and caring staff of Flint Ridge, and especially SharonBrooke, for providing Palmer with the warmth of a home away from his own home. Memorial contributions may be made to a local Alzheimer's chapter. To sign an online guestbook please visit www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 27 to July 28, 2013
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