Albert E. Blankenship, 88, of Warrensburg, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Meyer Care Center in Higginsville.
Albert was born Aug. 28, 1930, at Lexington, Tennessee, son of Ferrell Ellis Blankenship and Una Estella (Howell) Blankenship.
He was an engineer with the Army National Guard in Tennessee. In 1951, He joined the United States Air Force and served in both the Koran and Vietnam Wars. He was united in marriage to Bennie Ray Easterly Oct. 7, 1958, at Little Rock, Arkansas. Albert did his basic training at Wichita Falls, Texas. He served at Little Rock, Arkansas, Seville, Spain, Great Falls, Montana, Castle AFB, California and Vanderburg AFB, California, from which he retired in 1972. Upon retiring, he resided at Union, Missouri for a brief time prior to moving to Warrensburg in 1973. Albert started teaching at CMSU in 1990. On Feb. 7, 2004, he was united in marriage to Beverly Wilson in Warrensburg.
Albert loved to build and fly Radio Controlled Model Air Craft. He was an avid gardener. He was known for his flower gardens as well as his large fruit and vegetable garden. Albert took such as interest in gardening due to being raised on a Tennessee farm.
Survivors include: two sons, John Blankenship, of Seattle, Washington, and Phil (Michaela) Blankenship, of Savannah, Georgia; daughter, Andrea (Scott) Van Genderen, of St. Louis, Missouri; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Bennie; second wife, Beverly; three brothers, Alvin, Johnny and Hugh; and two sisters, Butaw Middleton and Bonnie Patton.
Funeral Services: will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at First Baptist Church in Higginsville, with Pastor Greg Fine officiating.
Interment will follow at Warrensburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by Whiteman AFB Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Beverly Wilson Nursing Scholarship at UCM in care of Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg.
Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net As published in the Daily Star Journal.