William "Buddy" Blankenship

Born: Wed., Jul. 7, 1948
Died: Sat., Nov. 10, 2012

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sun., Nov. 18, 2012
Location: Helix Community Church

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William “Buddy” Blankenship, age 64, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Buddy grew up in Drift, Kentucky.  He started working at a very young age to support his family.  Buddy was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War where he served courageously alongside many of his friends.  He worked for Rough and Ready Lumber Company in Cave Junction for 24 years as a Millwright.  Buddy had a passion for always being outdoors, he coached the Helix T-Ball Team for two years, and was always including his family and friends in hunting, fishing, and several other activities.  He always had a special place in his heart for his grandkids and played special roles in each of their lives.  Buddy was everyone’s favorite.  He looked out for others and could brighten anyone’s day with his infectious smile and sense of humor. 

Buddy is survived by his loving wife , Debbie, two daughters: La Von Arnett and her husband, Mike, both of Selma, Oregon, and  Bobbie Bushman along with her husband  Steven, both of Helix, Oregon.  He is also survived by five grandchildren: Kaylah Gilkey and her husband Aaron both of Selma, OR, Kelsey Bolduc and her husband Anthony both of Grants Pass, OR, Tylor Bushman, Jason Bushman and Thomas Bushman, all of Helix, OR, and one great-grandson Axton Bolduc of Grants Pass, OR.

A Celebration of life will be held Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Helix Community Church  in Helix, Oregon.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Debbie Blankenship Memorial Fund of the Helix Community Church.  Memorials may be sent care of the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801.  You may send condolences or view the obituary online at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton in charge of arrangements.

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