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John Harnly "Jack" Blankenship

June 7, 2018

John Harnly “Jack” Blankenship, 93, Riverside PA, passed away surrounded by his family, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Emmanuel Nursing and Rehab Center, Danville PA. John was born December 31, 1924 in Shenandoah, Iowa and was brought up in Lincoln, Nebraska by his parents, the late Lloyd Milton and Kathryn Harnly Blankenship.   

He was married to his beloved wife of 53 years, Marian Colegrove Blankenship, who preceded him in death on October 24, 1999. 

John began working part-time at age 8 and worked 40 hours weekly through his senior year at Lincoln High School where he was a National Honor Society member and Drama Society president. 

During World War II he attended the University of Nebraska, joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, worked defense jobs in Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories of Canada and Western Electric’s Hawthorne Works in Chicago. Jack served in the US Navy – first in the Motor Torpedo Boat Service (PT Boats) and later as Petty Officer Disbursing Storekeeper 3c, US Naval Air Service, Wold-Chamberlain Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota.   

After the war he graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, receiving AB and MBA degrees (with distinction) and membership in Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternities; while serving as president of the Willow Village Resident Council, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

Following employment by the General Motors Corporation in Detroit and GM’s Overseas Operations Division in York City, he became an independent personnel consultant in 1960 – specializing in counseling to improve work effectiveness.

In Denville, New Jersey he was a member of the Township Shade Tree and Beautification Committee, served as Secretary of the Industrial Committee,

and was a member of Denville’s American Legion Post 390.  Jack was also

a former member of the New York Personnel Management Association and the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference.  Locally in Danville, he was a long-time volunteer groundskeeper at Faith Chapel in Rush Township. 

He was an Appalachian Trail hiker, a hole-in-one golfer, a surf fisherman, and a fly fisherman.  During retirement he focused on assisting the growth and development of three grandchildren whom he adored.

 Surviving are a son, Geisinger Medical Center cardiologist, Dr. James Blankenship and his wife, Mary, Danville; three grandchildren; Leah (Albuquerque NM), Bart (Philadelphia, PA), and Peter (Washington DC).  Also surviving is a brother, Dr. James Milton Blankenship, retired, of Tacoma, Washington. 

A Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held next Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA with Pastor Bill Renno officiating.   Friends will be received from 1:00 PM until the time of service.  Burial will follow at Columbia Hill Cemetery Danville PA with Military Rites accorded by American Legion Post 40.  The family will provide flowers. Contributions may be made to The Marian and Jack Blankenship Scholarship Fund, Cornell Weill Medical College, 445 East 69th Street, New York, New York, 10021, or the Phi Kappa Fraternity, 5395 Emerson Way, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46226. 



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