MONTE VISTA — Cleveland James Blankensop (CJ) “Jim”, Monte Vista, CO passed away September 22, 2020, in Del Norte, CO. He was born July 5, 1925, in Wellsburg, W.Va. to Grover Cleveland Blankensop and Nellie Palmer.
Jim enjoyed bowling and his antique “foreign” sports cars. He was an owner of the C.J. Sports Center. He was the Deacon at the Monte Vista Presbyterian Church. He joined the Navy straight out of High School. He fought in WWII and received many ribbons and medals which included: Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
He is survived by his spouse Grace Shedkiac, his son James Blankensop (Charlene) of Monte Vista, CO; and stepdaughter Allison Shedkiac of Ohio; grandchildren Heather, Jamie, Jason, CJ, granddaughter Kristan and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, his daughter Lessa McDaniel, brother Ed Blankensop, sisters Dee Weaver and Helen Mackey.
Jim was very well known in the community and will be missed by all who knew him. Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held on October 3, 2020, at 11:00 am, at the First Presbyterian Church 702 Second Street in Monte Vista, CO.
Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home.