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Michael L. Blankenship

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Service: 11:00am Mon. April 30th, 2018
Location: Conroy Funeral Home

Blankenship, Michael L., 69, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly at 3:24 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. He was born in Urbana, OH on November 28, 1948 the son of Carl W. and Mildred (Brunotte) Blankenship. Mike retired from Navistar after 37 ½ years of service and recently worked at Oakwood Village in the Maintenance Department. For 32 years, “Mr. B” was a passionate and dedicated coach of junior high school track, cross country and girls basketball at Northridge Junior High. He achieved over 203 wins in basketball and won a CBC title. Mike was active with the Kenton Ridge Boosters and served as President for a short time. He also drove a bus for Northeastern Schools Athletics. Mike was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Phyllis A. (Longo); two daughters, Denise A. Blankenship and Krista L. Crisp of Dublin, OH; grandson, Bryce; five siblings, Barbara (Dick) Runkle of St. Paris, Virginia Fell of Urbana, Roger (Julie) Blankenship, Melvin (Jean) Blankenship all of Springfield and Marilyn (Jerry) Clark of London; brother-in-law, Phil Wagner of Huntsville and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Karen Wagner and brother-in-law, Norman Fell. Friends may call in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Mark Krenz officiating. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Kenton Ridge Boosters.
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My sympathy to Mike's family,worked together at IH.used to go to North's basketball game when he was coaching.Had not seen him since he retired.all the best

- Bill Powell, Monday April 30th, 2018

This was a great man and wonderful person and coach.Always enjoyed talking to him and his wife about coaching.Nobody was as dedicated as him.We'll all miss him.

- Tommy Mann+Sue, Sunday April 29th, 2018

Coach B taught many lessons, both in athletics and life. As a coach now herself, Kaitie draws on memories and experiences learned from Coach B. He was a gentle soul who cared about his players and always worked to bring out the best in them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- Paul, Laura, Kaitie and Emily Harrison, Sunday April 29th, 2018

Mike was a wonderful friend to all of us who worked with him. My deepest sympathy to his family. You are in my thoughts and prayer

- Pam Hartman, Sunday April 29th, 2018

So many lives were positively influenced by Mr. Blankenship whose numerous accomplishments included a passion for coaching. His desire to help others succeed and sincere caring about their well-being will continue to be deeply felt. We still remember his successful CBC win for the Northridge girls' track team. He will be truly missed. We send our condolences to his family and friends. - The Drenik Family - Phil, Laura, Brittany, and Lindsey

Sunday April 29th, 2018

Phyllis, My sympathy to you and your family.

- Nancy Thacker, Saturday April 28th, 2018

Sorry to hear of the loss of a great coach and friend.

- John Lyons, Friday April 27th, 2018

Mike was a great man and coach. We're very sorry to hear of his passing.

- Jeremy and Stacey Doss, Friday April 27th, 2018

Our condolences to you and family. Coach B meant so much to so many young lives. They are all better people today because of him. He will be missed.

- The Turner's. Ron, Beth, Carly and Casey, Friday April 27th, 2018

We were heartbroken when we heard about the passing of our beloved Coach B. His positive influence on our family will be felt for a lifetime. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed. Your family will be in our continuous thoughts and prayers.

- The Shroyer Family - Matt, Kristin, Ryan, Abby, Friday April 27th, 2018

Sympathy and prayers to you and your family. We have a new angel among us!!!

- Carol Drown, Friday April 27th, 2018

Phyllis, So sorry to hear about Mike. Sending prayers. Miss working with you.

- Susie Group, Friday April 27th, 2018

So sorry to hear the sudden passing of your husband. Sympathy goes out to you and yours.

- Colleen wilson, Thursday April 26th, 2018

Phyllis, I am so sorry for you loss. Keeping your family in my thoughts.... Shari

- Shari Bonn, Thursday April 26th, 2018

Phyllis, We are so sorry for the loss of your husband. We liked him very much. He was so nice and friendly. Our prayers are with you and your family.

- Gary & Sarah Severt, Thursday April 26th, 2018

I'm so saddened to hear of Mike's passing! I used to work with Mike at Navistar and would see him at the schools often. He was a very friendly and genuine person. I will keep his family in my prayers. Rest in peace, Mike.

- Lisa Espinosa, Thursday April 26th, 2018

Our condolences to you and family..thank you Mike for the years you spent coaching basketball and track for the girls ... RIP Mike

- Shingler’s, Thursday April 26th, 2018

So sorry to hear of Coach B's passing. He was such a wonderful man and coach! My thoughts and prayers are with the Blankenship Family.

- Kelly Zeller Robison, Thursday April 26th, 2018

So sorry for your loss, Mike will be truly missed he did so much for anyone and everyone.

- Kim Burns , Thursday April 26th, 2018

Phyllis, you have our sympathy.

- Janet james, Thursday April 26th, 2018

So sorry to hear about this. He was a great guy! Your family is in our prayers.

- Todd Pennington, Thursday April 26th, 2018

I am so very sorry for your family’s loss! I always enjoyed seeing Mr. B at school athletic events and then at Oakwood. He was always so very friendly and gave so much of his time to student athletes. He will be missed by so many people!

- Mandy (Ziesmer) Kelly, Thursday April 26th, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. He will be so missed at work by everyone, he always had a smile. Prayers to you all.

- Donna Spellman, Thursday April 26th, 2018

Phyllis, Krista and Denise, I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Heaven definitely gained an angel and he will be truly missed by many.

- Michelle Finnell, Thursday April 26th, 2018

I am so sorry for you loss

- JMFP, Thursday April 26th, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. He will be so missed at work by everyone, he always had a smile. Prayers to you all.

- Donna Spellman, Thursday April 26th, 2018

Phyllis So sorry for your loss! We will keep you and the girls in our prayers.....

- Danny and Dala DeWitt, Thursday April 26th, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. He will be so missed at work by everyone, he always had a smile. Prayers to you all.

- Donna Spellman, Thursday April 26th, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. He will be so missed at work by everyone, he always had a smile. Prayers to you all.

- Donna Spellman, Thursday April 26th, 2018

My deepest condolences to your family. I graduated from Kenton Ridge in ‘97 and still I will never forget what a wonderful coach Mr. B was in junior high. The positive impact he made on so many young lives is innumerable I am sure and certainly my sentiments of what a great coach he was rings true with my other running mates. May your hearts be comforted.

- Rebekah Berner, Thursday April 26th, 2018

It was a privilege to coach with him. It was always a joy. Prayer!

- Thomas Zink, Thursday April 26th, 2018

Phyllis and family, we are so sadden by the loss of Mike. I know he really enjoyed coaching. Prays to all of you.

- Dan and Pam Price, Thursday April 26th, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. He was such a good man. He will truly be missed by all. Sending our prayers.

- Steve & Kelly Severt , Thursday April 26th, 2018

Please accept our deepest sympathies. He was a great man and will be deeply missed. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

- Don and Linda Jordan, Thursday April 26th, 2018

I’m so very sorry to hear about Mike’s sudden passing. We’ll miss him at work. Such a good guy & he loved to tell us about his grandson.

- Audry Berg, Wednesday April 25th, 2018

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