Robert Blankenship Robert Blankenship passed away peacefully on February 2, 2018, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. At only 64, he left us much too soon, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Bob was born in Casa Grande, and grew up in Buckeye. He graduated from Buckeye Union High School, Class of 1971, as their senior class president. Shortly after high school Bob went to work at Gilbert Pump. During his 22 years at Gilbert Pump he operated a pump rig, a job that that took him to several western states. He later became the Manager of Operations. In 1993 he went to work for the City of Chandler as the Water Systems Maintenance Superintendent, until his retirement in 2008. Bob was an active member of the Phoenix Jaycees for many years, serving in a variety of capacities, including Rodeo Parade chairman in 1983. Bob had a passion for life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and riding his Harley. He liked spending his summers in Show Low and traveling after his retirement. He especially loved spending time with his wife and family. All his nieces and nephews adored their uncle Bobby and he made a lasting impression on their lives. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Maxine; his step children Stacy Ray (David) of Peoria, Sam Jocewicz (Kelly) of Camp Verde; nine grandchildren; his sisters Brenda Gilbert (David) of Fort Worth, TX, Gail Montgomery & Karen Blankenship both Goodyear, brothers Richard Blankenship (Lavinda) of Snowflake, and Donald Blankenship (Patty) of Glendale; eleven nieces and nephews; and twelve grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Wilcoxson, and nephew Bryan Lugo. The family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of the Valley in Bob ’ s memory.
Published on  February 14, 2018