Frederick Allen Blankenship
JESUP – Frederick Allen Blankenship, 60 years old, of rural Independence, IA, died Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Cedar Valley Hospice House.

Fred was born February 27, 1957, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Roger L. Blankenship and Doris M. (Thomsen) Blankenship. He graduated from Denver High School with the class of 1975. On September 22, 1979, he was united in marriage to Roxanne Marie McGrath at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup, IA.

Fred was co-owner of G&M Masonry and a 40-year member of the Bricklayers Union Local #3. He was also a member of the Jesup Lions Club and St. Athanasius Catholic Church. Fred enjoyed his family and especially loved his grandchildren. He also enjoyed boating and life on the Mississippi River.

Fred is survived by his wife, Roxanne Blankenship of rural Independence; one son, Justin (Michelle) Blankenship of Jesup, IA; one daughter, Andrea (Max) Webbeking of Jesup, IA; three grandchildren, Kelsey Blankenship, Beau Blankenship, and Madeline Webbeking; his parents, Roger and Doris Blankenship of Janesville, IA; and one brother Larry (Lisa) Blankenship of Louisburg, KS. His grandparents preceded him in death.

Funeral services were 11 a.m., Saturday, September 2, 2017, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, IA, with Rev. Jeffrey A. Dole as celebrant. Music was by Monica Bengston, organist, and the St. Athanasius Choir. Burial was at the church cemetery. Honorary casket bearers were Randy Wittenburg, Mitch Craun, Randy Lindaman, Clint Bell, Matt Knudsen, and Matt Natvig. Casket bearers were Randy Schultz, Tom Hyde, Kenny Schares, Brook Klunder, Bryce Seegers, Allen Rindels, Keith Heidemann and Butch Bonefas. Visitation was from 3–8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, where there was a 4 p.m. vigil service. Visitation continued for an hour before services on Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice and St. Athanasius.
White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.
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