Christopher Tyler Blankenship, 38, Rosebud, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Creve Coeur, from injuries in a dirt bike crash.|
Christopher was born Oct. 21, 1975, in Jefferson City. He was known by most as "Short," a nickname given to him by his brother, Justin, "Bink," when he was a toddler. However, once they were older, the name was actually more suitable for Bink. Short graduated from Owensville High School in 1994. He was united in marriage to Crystal Cahill Oct. 6, 2001, at St. John's United Church of Christ, Bem. They have two children, Macen Noall, 11, and Kate Gracyn, 8.
Short was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bem, and a life member of the American Motorcyclist Association. He was an assistant coach for the sixth grade Dutchmen Youth Football, and spent many hours helping various local organizations in Owensville and Rosebud. Short loved dirt bikes, motocross and supercross. He started racing when he was 12 years old in amateur events, and then began racing pro. He also began at a young age helping out his family's excavating company, running heavy equipment and working with dirt. He eventually turned his love of moving dirt and racing into his dream job, working for Dirtwurx U.S.A., traveling the country building tracks for the professional Supercross series and personal tracks for several professional riders. During the off-season for Supercross, Short owned and operated Chris Blankenship Excavating, and also worked with his brother at Jeff's excavating company.
Short didn't know a stranger. He always had a huge smile on his face and would stop anything he was doing to help someone if they needed it while expecting nothing in return. He will be missed by countless relatives, friends, co-workers and community members. Short was a mentor to many youth athletes in motocross, baseball, basketball and football. He was a friend to everyone he met. He will be forever missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Short is survived by his wife, Crystal Blankenship, Rosebud; one son, Macen Blankenship, Rosebud; one daughter, Kate Blankenship, Rosebud; mother, Linda Blankenship and special friend Gary Kloeppel, Mount Sterling; father, Norman Blankenship Fredericktown; parents-in-law, Benny and Linda Cahill, Owensville; three brothers, John Blankenship and wife Tricia, Rosebud, Jeff Blankenship, Mount Sterling, and Justin "Bink" Blankenship and wife Raelynn, Sullivan; grandmothers, Esther Tayloe and Dorothy Cahill, both of Owensville; two nieces, Kari Nolting and husband Nick, Rosebud, and Bailey Blankenship, Sullivan; four nephews, Ross Blankenship, Rosebud, Brandon Ryan, Blaine Blankenship, both of Sullivan, and Bryce Blankenship, Mount Sterling; one great-niece, Sophie Ryan, Sullivan; one great-nephew, Trevin Nolting, Rosebud; many aunts; uncles; and cousins.
Visitation was held at Gasconade County R-2 High School, Owensville, Saturday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A funeral service followed at the high school, beginning at 1 p.m. Chaplain Steve Hudson officiated.
Burial followed at St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery, Bem.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. A trust fund for the children will be set up at a later time.
Arrangements were under the direction of Gottenstroeter Funeral Home, Owensville.
Published in The Missourian on Aug. 20, 2014