It is with great sadness that the family of Charles “Charlie” E. Blankenhorn III of Polson announces his passing on Jan. 3, 2020 at the age of 69. Charlie will be lovingly remembered by his family and many friends. Charlie was born on Oct. 2, 1950 in Albuquerque, N.M. to Charles E. Blankenhorn Jr., and Nettie Anita Blankenhorn (Parker).
Charlie graduated from Polson High School in 1968. He soon found himself enlisted in the U.S. Army on Nov. 20, 1969. During this time, he worked as a military police officer; and achieved the rank of specialist. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 4, 1971. In December of 1973, he married Karen Ludwick (Knutson) and together they had two daughters. In 1986, he married Wanda Heintz (Watne) and together they had one son.
Charlie spent his best days at his favorite place; Lake Mary Ronan with his best pal and dog Griz. Camp Tuffit provided him with great times and memorable moments for his family and friends. Charlie enjoyed fishing, sudoku, puzzles, games, flying with Scott at Lake Mary Ronan and spending time with his loved ones.
Charlie made his values evident with his contributions toward various charities, including cancer and diabetes awareness, Home4vets, and End to Hunger; just to name a few.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; Charles Jr. and Nettie Anita Blankenhorn; and grandchildren, Carter and Blakeley.
Charlie is survived by his sisters, Ann Mary (Don) Oylear, Sara Peck and Krys Petersen; children Shawna Blankenhorn Stacey Renick, Devon Blankenhorn, Shannon Johnson (Peggy), Krista Rollins (Scott), Chantel Miller (Keith); grandchildren, Tyler (Becky), Iverson, Owen, Makenna, Samuel, Sophie, Caitlynn, Abbi, great-grandchild Brody.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life/memorial service is scheduled for Saturday\, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory, 101 6th Ave. E., Polson. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to: www.gofundme.com/f/charlie-blankenhorn-memorial-fund?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1.
Messages of condolences may be shared with the family at www.lakefuneralhomeandcremation.com. Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.