Robert “Bob” Blankenship, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Wibaux County Nursing Home in Wibaux. Memorial Services were held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Glendive, Montana with Reverend Ray Willis officiating.
Bob was born on March 15, 1936 in Sheridan, Wyo., the son of Jesse James and Gladys (Robinson) Blankenship. He was raised and educated on the upper south fork of Reno Creek in Bighorn County where he was taught by his mother through the eighth grade. Bob graduated high school in Hardin, Mont., with the class of 1954.
Bob met and later married Bobbi Hall on December 14, 1963 in Hardin and to this union five children were born. The family later moved to Prairie/Wibaux County where Bob owned and operated a ranch. Bob thoroughly enjoyed life as a rancher. He was a hard worker, he loved caring for his cattle, buying bulls, and like so many other ranchers he loved seeing those baby calves in the spring. His favorite thing in the world was going to bull sales. Bob’s mother had written at eleven months in his baby book, “all he wants is to be a cowboy.”
In May of 2007, Bob became a resident of the Wibaux County Nursing Home as a result of a stroke. He lived there until his time of death.
Bob’s family would like to thank the staff of the Wibaux County Nursing Home for their devotion and loving care for Bob during the five and a half years he resided with them. They cared for and loved Bob as if he were one of their own families.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse James and Gladys Blankenship.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbi Blankenship of rural Prairie County/Glendive; children, Sally (Jim) Birkelo of Bozeman, Mont., Johnna Blankenship of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, Virginia (Paul) Power of Billings, Mont., Jesse (Jaclyn) Blankenship of Glendive and Robin (Lucas) Smith of Wibaux; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister, Mary Lee (Mike) Flanagan of Dayton, Wyo., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Wibaux County Nursing Home or to the charity of one’s choice.
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Published January 16, 2013