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Terry Lee Blankenship

July 20, 1948 – Sept. 24, 2021

 

October 14, 2021

Terry Lee Blankenship obituary

Terry Lee Blankenship, 73, of Albion, Wash., passed away at his home on September 24th, 2021. Terry was born in Chewelah, Washington, on July 20th, 1948, to Ivel and William Colonel Blankenship. He was raised in Pullman by Robert and Ivel Ohnemus. Where he graduated from Pullman High in 1968.

He then went to work for WSU in food services. Terry was drafted in 1969 by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam. After returning from war in 1971 he met Betty and they were married in Pullman on June 8th, 1974. They moved into the lifetime home in Albion where they raised their two boys and Terry continued to work for WSU in Food Services until he retired after 42 years of service with them in 2014.

Terry enjoyed camping, fishing, attending the Palouse Empire Fair, Webb's Slough sprint boat races, and any demo derby that came to town. He served for a while in the U.S. Army Reserve, and was a volunteer with the Albion Fire Department. He also loved spending time with family and friends.

Terry was survived by his wife Betty Blankenship, son David (Shawna) Blankenship of Pullman, son Patrick James Blankenship of Albion, sister Debbie (Randy) Fockler of Cheney, brother Jay Ohnemus of Pullman and brother Ken Ohnemous of Yakima. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Ivel Ohnemus, sister Patty Bogyo, brother Ray (Leona Trump) Lashbrook. Terry had two step-grandchildren Bri and Ty of Pullman.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, October 15th, at 11 a.m. at the Pullman City Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life at Zeppoz from noon to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Terry's name to the Palouse Empire Fair Foundation PO Box 684 Colfax, WA 99111, as he always loved attending, watching, and supporting all of the kids.

Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, Wash., has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to http://www.kimballfh.com

 

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