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.
married to his beloved wife of 53 years, Marian Colegrove Blankenship, who
preceded him in death on October 24, 1999.
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.
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.
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
Denville, New Jersey he was a member of the Township Shade Tree and
Beautification Committee, served as Secretary of the Industrial Committee,
was a member of Denville’s American Legion Post 390. Jack was also
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.
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,
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.