Joseph ‘Mike’ Blankenship |

Joseph ‘Mike’ Blankenship


A memorial service is 1 p.m. today at Walton’s Funerals & Cremations for Gardnerville resident Joseph “Mike” Blankenship, 71, who died Jan, 4, 2011, in Reno.

Born April 4, 1939, in Iaeger, W.V., he moved to Carson Valley in 1974.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Blankenship.

He is survived by wife Carol Blankenship of Gardnerville; children Alan Blankenship of Hastings, Minn., Teresa Poitras of Richmond, Va., and Julie Ornellas of Gardnerville; brothers, Ernest Blankenship of Richlands, Va., Don Blankenship of Davy, W.V., Larry Blankenship of Bradshaw, W.V., Carl Blankenship of Nova, Ohio, and Leroy Blankenship of Avondale, W.V.; sister Helen Nerger of Pahrump; nine grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.