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Of Norwood, in Douglas County Dan Gray Blankenship, son of the late Ansel and Helen (Jones) Blankenship, was born on May 31, 1941, in Kansas City, and departed this life on March 7, 2006, at his residence south of Norwood, in Douglas County, following an extended illness. He was 64.
Dan grew up and attended school in Grandview, and graduated from Grandview High School in 1959. He was united in marriage to Linda Gemeinhardt on June 11, 1961, in Raytown. Two sons were born to this union. They raised their family on a farm south of Norwood where they made their home for the past 44 years.
Dan was an avid outdoorsman, especially when hunting, fishing and tending to his dairy farm.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family and visiting with his many friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael.
He is survived by his living wife of 44 years, Linda Blankenship, of their home; one son, Craig Blankenship and his wife, Valerie, of Norwood; one brother, Jim Blankenship and his wife, Ethel, of Kansas City; two sisters, Della Northcutt and her husband, Peter, of Lees Summit, and Jean Blankenship, of Peculiar; two grandchildren, Bryon and Tori Blankenship; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m., in the Craig-Hurtt Chapel with the Rev. Arnold Day officiating. Burial was in the Denlow Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.