Richard Blankshain, 86

West Suburban Medical Staff chair

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Dr. Richard Harvey Blankshain, 86, of Parrish, Florida, formerly of Oak Park and River Forest, died on March 21, 2016. Born on Nov. 8, 1929, he was the only child of Grace Elizabeth Blankshain (nee Lundberg) and Harvey William Blankshain. He graduated from Proviso Township High School, Elmhurst College, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. While in medical school, he married Ruth Anna Boyer on July 28, 1952. 

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1961 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the Navy, he established a practice in obstetrics and gynecology at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park and practiced continuously for 36 years. At West Suburban he served as both chairman of the Medical Staff and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was active in both the Chicago and Illinois State Medical Societies. He loved to fish, hunt, boat, play golf at Oak Park Country Club, and spend time at his Lake Geneva home. 

Richard Blankshain is survived by Ruth, his wife of 63 years; his sons, Jeffrey (Diane), Michael (Kathleen Deighan), and Alan, (Linda); and his grandchildren, Christopher, Kimberly, Jessica, Kate, Andrew, Timothy, and Matthew. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly Ann. 

A Memorial Service took place at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bradenton, Florida on March 31. Another memorial service and interment will take place near his longtime home of Oak Park at a date to be determined. 

Charitable donations may be made to Elmhurst College, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.

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