Robert P. Blankenship, 94, Mt. Vernon, formerly of Houston died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at GreenTree of Mt. Vernon Memory Care where he has resided since February 2011.
Born Aug. 28,1918, in Jacksonville, Texas, son of Love L. (Ayers) and Burl B. Blankenship, he spent most of his life in Houston where he graduated from Jefferson Davis High School and attended the University of Houston.
On July 4, 1942, he married Kathleen V. Stehr at the Chapel of Ft. Brown in Brownsville, Texas. She preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 2001, in Houston.
Mr. Blankenship is survived by two daughters, Eugenia Zibby of Centralia and Karen Blair and husband Royce of Pearland, Texas; three granddaughters, Kathleen “Kay” Zibby-Damron and husband Steve of Mt. Vernon, Alison K. Blair of Aspen, Colo., and Ashley E. (Blair) Ohman and husband Trent of Tulsa, Okla.; a grandson, Michael R. Zibby and wife Stephanie of Memphis, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Michael Patrick Zibby, Blair Kathleen Ohman and Grace Eugenia Ohman; several nieces and nephews; and the loving care givers and staff of GreenTree Memory Care and VNA/TIP Hospice.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters and his son-in-law, Dr. Michael P. Zibby.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he served in the medical corps of the 124th Cavalry at Ft. Brown, Texas, and in Burma. Following the war, he was a member of the China-Burma-India Veterans Association and the 124th Cavalry Association in which he held several offices including president. “Blankie” and Kathleen helped organize and faithfully attended many annual 124th reunions in Brownsville. They were frequently the hospitality chairmen.
Mr. Blankenship was employed in the production department of Amoco Petroleum Company for more than 30 years until his retirement.
He had been an active member of Glenbrook United Methodist Church in Houston and was a member of the Downtown Houston Optimists Club.