Neil M. Blankenship, age 80, passed away on August 20, 2022 in Urbana, Ohio. Neil was born on November 13, 1941 in Lewisburg, Ohio to the late George T. and Mary R. (Libecap) Blankenship. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, George and Ned Blankenship and sister, Donna Samuels. Neil is survived by his daughter, Becki (David) Brown, bonus step-daughter, Michelle Brown, grandchildren; DJ (Samantha) O’Dell, Keri (Josh) Rider, Amanda Brock, and Dylan (Stephanie) Jamison, great-grandchildren; Keegan, Kaelyn, Addison, Kamden, and Nik, brother, Lee Blankenship, lifelong special friend, Darlene Reeder and family, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Neil was a proud law enforcement officer. He began his career with the Brookville Police Department and later spent time with the Jefferson Township Police Department. He retired from General Motors Security. During his time with the Brookville Police in 1973, Neil received a Silver Star for bravery after he was the first on scene of a house fire and made the split second decision to rush in and save a family amidst flames. In his younger years, he loved to go fishing and play cards, especially euchre. He was known to go out for a few beers and sing karaoke, even if he wasn't the best behind the microphone. Neil was the kind of person that never knew a stranger. He used to frequent the Dixie Diner to have his coffee and talk to folks.
Neil will be laid to rest on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Roselawn Cemetery, Lewisburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.walterfunerals.com. Arrangements entrusted to the Walter and Lewis Funeral Home, Urbana.