Thomas Jefferson Blankenship, Jr., 91, of Gladstone, MO passed away April 27, 2017, at the North Kansas City Hospital. He was born January 18, 1926 in Potter, KS to Thomas Jefferson Blankenship, Sr. and Sophia (Meinert) Blankenship.
Tom graduated high school in Effingham, KS and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He spent the majority of his working career in maintenance at Griffin Wheel, a foundry in Kansas City, KS, where he retired at the age of 60 following 25 plus years of service. During his career, he was very active in the Steel Workers Union, where he served as President of the local union.
In his spare time he enjoyed dabbling in real estate. In his earlier years, he bought a farm in Baldwin, KS and built the first of two homes. He later built a home in Northmoor, MO. Tom was a good man and will be missed by family and friends.
Survivors include three children, Cheryl Savala of Kansas City, KS, Linda Blankenship of Arkansas City, KS and Sandra Bruhns of Lawrence, KS; a sister, Betty Schott of Laguna Niguel, CA; four grandchildren, Jill Horton, Tim Savala, Lance Bruhns and Brittany Bruhns; several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Robert Leo Blankenship, Irvin Blankenship, Nina Adams and Doris Urish.
A graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Easton, KS, with Rev. Rick Twenhaffel officiating. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Twin Rivers Nursing Home, 407 Windsor Rd., Arkansas City, KS 67005. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO has been entrusted with the final arrangements.