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SHERBY BLANKENSHIP

 

Bellville Times
  

Sherby Blankenship, born in Wichita, Kansas, Jan. 20, 1939 passed away peacefully at his home in Sealy on July 8, 2010. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Janet, sons Lee Blankenship and wife April of Cat Spring, and Dale Blankenship and wife Ginger of Austin, daughters Lisa Sinsabaugh and husband, David of Katy and Kami Krause and husband, Randy of Katy.

He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves one brother Ron Blankenship and wife, Marsha, of Houston, two sisters, Judy Marshall and husband, Johnnie, of Broken Arrow, Okla. and Gayle Miller and husband Jim of   Kansas City, Kansas, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.

His service will be held at Knesek Funeral Chapel  in Sealy, on Wednesday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Viewing will be on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Visit   www.knesekfuneralhome.com for additional info.

Sherby was a highly motivated and gifted man, who had many accomplishments throughout his life, and these are but a few.

His love of and extensive knowledge of motor homes led to the creation of Blankenship Auto & RV in the mid-eighties.

Sherby worked for many years as a technician, then specialized in auto-electronics, for A.J. Foyt Chevrolet, and served as Service Manager before leaving the dealership to work  for A.J. Foyt Racing. During his life one of his hobbies was motorcycling,  in which  he enjoyed a very successful run at Semi-Pro motorcycle racing, competing with the likes of Malcolm Smith and Jack Penton.

He never outgrew his love of motorcycle racing, running his last race in March, 2008, along with his sons and grandson, at the young age of 69.

After retirement in May 2008, he and his wife Janet  became “full-timers” living in their motorhome and traveling all over the United States , spending two months in Alaska in 2008.

Unfortunately, his full-time Rving days  was cut short when illness befell him last October.

It goes without saying he touched many people in his life and will be sadly missed by many!

 
Posted by Joy Neely

 

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