Gerrit G. Blankers Jr.
1944 - 2018
Neptune Society - Missouri
8438 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO
Gerrit (Gary) G. Blankers Jr. Gary passed away surrounded by loved ones on December 20, 2018. He was born on July 26, 1944 in Bellingham, WA to Gerrit G. Blankers, Sr. and Gladys P. (Stuurmans) Blankers. He grew up on his family's dairy farm in Lynden, WA and graduated from the University of Washington in Spokane in 1967. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in Agronomy, he moved to Southern California to begin his life-long career with ConAgra Foods. Gary married Margaret Anderson on November 20, 1971 in Long Beach, CA where they and their three children made their home for the next 30 years. Gary and Maggie moved the the Kansas City area in 1998, where Maggie was raised. Gary was a kind and loving father and grandfather, and he loved to spend time with his family. He cared deeply about all people and was passionate about advocating for the rights of others. He dedicated much of his time to increasing people's access to food and worked hard to create a Christian community that is more inclusive of women and LGBT people. He is survived by his wife Maggie, sons James, Robert (Tracey), and Matthew (Vanessa), grandchildren Erin, Rachel, Kelly, Clayton, and Helen, and his siblings Glenda, Peter, and Helen. In addition to his parents, Gary is preceded in death by his brother Arnold, brother-in-law Fred Polinder and his daughter-in-law Lisa. There will be a memorial service held at 2pm on Saturday, December 29th at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210. In lieu of flowers, family suggests any donations be made to the KCK Hot Lunch Program (Hot Lunch Service, Inc./St. Mary's Food Kitchen at 645 Nebraska Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101) or the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church audio/visual program.
Published by Kansas City Star on Dec. 28, 2018.
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Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church,
11100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS
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Blankers family,
So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We admired and enjoyed his commitment and passion in the political arena. Condolences to you and family.

Joanne Verebelyi and Bill Rotert
Joanne Verebelyi
January 10, 2019
a loved one
December 29, 2018
To the Blankers family and friends I send you my deepest condolences and sympathy. May you find peace and comfort in God's word. ( John 6:40).
December 28, 2018
Maggie and family, so sorry to learn of Gary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May his memory be a blessing. Ann & Russel Mann
December 28, 2018
Remembering Gary and his good humor as we worked together toward our shared values in public service. Keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Beverly Ring
December 25, 2018
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