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Donald Blankenship

May 8, 1930 ~ April 11, 2022 (age 91)


Donald Elijah Blankenship, age 91, of Catoosa, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, April 11, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Services will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Brad Taylor officiating.

Donald was born May 8, 1930, in Piedmont, Oklahoma, the son of James and Celia Blankenship. He was the third of four children. He married the love of his life, Helen Marie Sloan on September 3, 1950. They had 3 children and were married for 71 1/2 years. The family lived in Catoosa in a home built by Donald. He personally grew his own forest on their property.

Donald joined the United States Army in 1952 and served as a radio operator in the Korean War. After his time in the Army, Donald served as a teacher for 32 years. He also had a strong Christian faith and was a Sunday school teacher and deacon for 55 years, first at First Baptist Church in Catoosa and then at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Donald enjoyed traveling. He had been on many trips with family to Colorado, a trip to Hawaii for 50th wedding anniversary, made a fall trip to the East Coast, as well as many other trips around the United States.

Donald was competitive when playing games. He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. He loved spending time with his family.

Donald is survived by his wife Helen Blankenship; daughter LaVona Fisher and husband Bud; grandchildren Samantha Sanco, Davy Fisher and wife Leah, Debbie Fisher and husband Luke; great-grandchildren Jacob Sykes, Benjamin Sykes, Michaela Keith and Calvin Fisher; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents James and Celia Blankenship; brothers Dewey Blankenship and Kenneth Blankenship; sister Joyce McMillan; an infant son; and daughter Darlene Marie Blankenship.

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Celebration of Life
April 20, 2022

2:00 PM
Oak Grove Baptist Church
307 S 273rd E Ave
Catoosa, OK 74015

April 20, 2022

3:00 PM
Timber Ridge Cemetery
30356 S 4130 Rd
Catoosa, OK 74105

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