UPDATED: Fri. Aug. 15 3:41 p.m.
ROSEBUD, Mo. - Christopher Tyler Blankenship, 38, of Rosebud, Mo. passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur from injuries in a dirt bike crash.
Chris was known by most as "Short," a nickname given to him by his brother Justin "Bink" when he was a toddler. However, once they were older the name was actually more suitable for Bink.
Short graduated from Owensville High School in 1994. He was united in marriage on October 6, 2001 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Bem to Crystal Cahill. They have two children, Macen Noall, 11 and Kate Gracyn, 8.
He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bem and a life member of the American Motorcyclist Association. He was an assistant coach for 6th grade Dutchmen Youth Football and spent many hours helping various local organizations in Owensville and Rosebud.
Short loved dirt bikes, motocross, and supercross. He started racing when he was 12 in amateur events and then began racing pro. He also began at a young age helping out his family's excavating company running heavy equipment and working with dirt. He eventually turned his love of moving dirt and racing into his dream job, working for Dirtwurx U.S.A., traveling the country building tracks for the professional Supercross series and personal tracks for several professional riders. During the off-season for Supercross, Short owned and operated Chris Blankenship Excavating and also worked with his brother, Jeff's excavating company.
Short didn't know what a stranger was. He always had a huge smile on his face and would stop anything he was doing to help someone if they needed it while expecting nothing in return. He will be missed by countless relatives, friends, co-workers, and community members. He was a mentor to many youth athletes in motocross, baseball, basketball and football. He was a friend to everyone he ever met. He will be forever missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Short is survived by his wife, Crystal, son Macen and daughter Kate of Rosebud; mother, Linda Blankenship and special friend Gary Kloeppel of Mt. Sterling; father, Norman Blankenship of Fredericktown; parents-in-laws, Benny and Linda Cahill of Owensville; brothers, John Blankenship and wife Tricia of Rosebud, Jeff Blankenship of Mt. Sterling, Justin "Bink" Blankenship and wife Raelynn of Sullivan; grandmothers, Esther Tayloe and Dorothy Cahill both of Owensville; nieces, Kari Nolting and husband Nick of Rosebud and Bailey Blankenship of Sullivan; nephews, Ross Blankenship of Rosebud, Brandon Ryan and Blaine Blankenship both of Sullivan and Bryce Blankenship of Mt. Sterling; great niece, Sophie Ryan of Sullivan; great nephew, Trevin Nolting of Rosebud; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be at Owensville High School on Saturday, August 16 from 1-8 p.m. and Sunday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services at 1:00 p.m. with Chaplain Steve Hudson officiating. Burial will be at St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery in Bem.
A meal will be served after burial services at the Commons area of Owensville High School. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family. A trust fund for the children will be set up at a later time.