Obituaries

Wallace Ray Blankenship

October 4, 1942 - July 12, 2020

Wallace Ray Blankenship, 77, of Sycamore, IL passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL.  He was born October 4, 1942 in Holden, WV the son of Ed and Ellen (Estep) Blankenship.  He was united in marriage to Elsie Mullins April 2, 1965 in Chicago, IL.

Wally was a graduate of Lenore High School, Class of 1961. He was drafted and served in the United States Army for a short time.  He was employed for more than 30 years with United Airlines and was a proud member of the International Association of Machinists Union.

Wally’s family was his greatest joy. He loved spending time with them and especially loved planning fun vacations and excursions with his grandchildren.

Wally touched the lives of everyone who knew him. He was generous of his love and time with his friends and family.

Wallace is survived by his loving wife Elsie, his children, Christina Flores of DeKalb, Ray (Nicole) Blankenship of St. Charles, and Deanna Blankenship, of DeKalb; four grandchildren, Carmen Flores, Sara Flores, Lauren Blankenship and Emma Blankenship; a brother Matthew Blankenship and three sisters, Mary Christian, Sue (Tommy) Curry, Stephanie (James) Wills and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Bob and Bill Blankenship, Dorothy King and a brother who died at infancy. 

Wally’s memorial service will be held at a later date.

Guest Book

  • Michele Miller English I spent time with the Blankenship family growing up in Los Angeles. My Dad Weaver Miller worked with Mr.Blankenship at United. My sister and I spent a week with them in Chicago after they relocated. Mr. Blankenship was one of my Dad's best buddies at United. My father passed away on 7/23 . I was wondering how the rest of his friends were doing . I was saddened to find out you are also experiencing a great loss in your family. No words can express how sorry I am for you . I hope the two of them are fishing or maybe playing a game of cards with the old group. So many of the people from United became extended family . Although its been many years since I've seen your family you all still hold a place in my heart .Good memories last a life time.Take care !
  • Gil Palmer Wally was one of the first people I met when I started my career at United over 30 years ago. He is someone you wanted to meet. The best at what he did as a lead and the best person you could ever know. Heart felt goodbye.
  • Tj Jelen Wally was a fantastic gentleman to work with, Always had a laugh or story to share and a helping hand when you needed. Will miss him. Condolences to his family.
  • George Tritthardt Wally was a person you liked the moment you met him. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone, everyone liked him. He will be missed by one and all. My condolences to his family. We'll meet again buddy.
  • Gene Virzi Wally was a good friend in our united days. Great guy.
  • Dale Hanamoto Wally will truly be missed by all his UAL friends, and I myself am glad to have worked and known him as a friend. "RIP'
  • Paul Baucke Wally was kind and thoughtful. It was an honor to be his friend.