Loman "Red" Blankenship, 80, of Ellensburg knew he had taught his last Sunday School class on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. He joined his Heavenly Father on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
Loman was born April 9, 1981 in Manis, Mo. to Pete and Vesta Blankenship. He is the seventh child in a line up of 11.
Like a true southern boy his favorite food was beans and cornbread. In 1945 the Blankenship family moved to Washington state. With only an eighth grade education, Loman began working in the agriculture industry at the age of 15. In 1950 he began working in construction, since then Loman has rarely been found without a bruised fingernail. He became a very skilled craftsman.
Also in 1950, he married his sweetheart, Barbara McClure Blankenship in Sunnyside. They were blessed with daughter, Rose (John) Sanders of Zillah and a son, Dorman (Cathy) Blankenship of Prosser.
In the search of new love he married Mary Embree of Sunnyside in 1976.
He found his soul mate, Marlene Roehl Blankenship of Ellensburg in 1990. During their marriage Loman and Marlene owned and operated Riverview Campground and Red's Fly Shop in the Ellensburg Canyon.
They retired to a farm in Ellensburg, where Loman spent his days working in his garden, feeding his chickens, sneaking a nap, admiring his Studebakers and drinking coffee with a loved one.
But, Loman would want you to know is his life started when he gave his heart to the Lord when he was 25. His greatest accomplishment in Christ, was being Sunday School superintendent for 19 years, and teaching a lifetime of Sunday School. His sensitivity to the Holy Spirit led Loman to journal writing. Loman's legacy is in the beautiful sermons and stories that will continue to touch the hearts of many.
He is missed dearly by his three grandchildren, Eric (Katie) Blankenship of West Valley, Adam Blankenship and Sonshine (Josh) Blankenship-Aman, all of Prosser; six great-grandchildren who loved to sit on his knee, Amaya Blankenship, Elijah Blankenship, Malakai Perez, Silas Aman, Zion Aman, and Tirzah Aman; and many stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; seven siblings, Hayden, Geraldine, Deuard, Mary, Gloria and Lil Dorman; and a beloved granddaughter, Raelee Hicks.
From the heart of Loman
"For my friend all hurting and pain will be gone forever. No more fear of dying forever. All the scary nights and waiting for the dawn will be gone forever. Just think when you wake up in Heaven you will see all the beauty and bliss and you think this will be FOREVER, Wow! YES YES! But my heart is saddened when I think that so many people have lost their last chance for forever. Want to give your heart to the Lord? This might be your last chance forever.
"Let me share your forever with you. Love, Ole Red."
Viewing will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Please join us in celebrating Loman's faithful service on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Sunnyside.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cornerstone Assembly of God Church.