Ralph Ernest (Ernie) Blankenship, 79

December 23, 2010
  • Ralph Ernest (Ernie) Blankenship
Ralph Ernest (Ernie) Blankenship

JUNE 10, 1931-DEC. 23, 2010

Ralph Ernest (Ernie) Blankenship, 79, of Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at his home.

Born June 10, 1931, in Davin, W.Va., he was the son of the late James Cloyd and Corbie Cleo Trent Blankenship.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was retired from the construction industry.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of Morris Frock American Legion Post 42. He was a former leader of Troop 66 Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Davies Blankenship; two daughters, Teresa E. Blankenship and her husband, Mark, of Dayton, Ohio and Korby L. Hill of Hagerstown; three sisters, Beulah Thomas, Ada Lee Tye and Alma Sue Cobler; three brothers, William Hassel Blankenship, Norman R. Blankenship and Larry (Pete) Blankenship; and grandchildren, Lauren Irving, Lindsay Irving, Conner Hill and Camryn Hill, all of Hagerstown.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Juanita Queen; and two brothers, Ulvert Blankenship and James C. Blankenship, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Wayne Kuhns will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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