Maj. (Ret) Paul Blinkinsop (82) entered into God's presence October 12, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father LeVern Blinkinsop, mother Mabel J. Carnen of Clinton, Iowa and son Tim E. Blinkinsop of San Raphael, California. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sonya R. Jenson Blinkinsop, their children Diane (Jeryl) Johnson, Walter (Miriam) Blinkinsop, Jay (Cynthia) Blinkinsop, Paula (Glenn) VanRoy, Tom (Suzanne) Blinkinsop, Sonny (Carolynn) Blinkinsop, 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, Blink's brother David (Linda) Blinkinsop and sisters Norda (Charles) Byers, Lois Steele and Joyce Hall.
Blink had a remarkable life. He served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force
starting with pilot and navigator training and 36 missions over Korea, for which he was honored with many Air Medals. Stateside assignments included navigation instructor where he taught celestial navigation and wrote a book, Celestial Navigation for the Layman, tankers (KC-97 and KC -135), bombers (B-29) and base administrator. His military career was highlighted by service with the United Nations (UNTSOP) in the Middle East with the peace keeping forces. He was selected from 125,000 officers for this duty. During another assignment he sold life insurance and securities and wrote another book, Why the Rich Get Richer He retired at Beale AFB, California in 1967.
During this incredible life he also owned and operated numerous businesses including auto shops, gas stations, an egg business, one of the world's largest art galleries, a ballroom, and he sold real estate. He served his communities in Cub Scouts, PTA, church, political activities, school boards and coached many sports. He moved around many parts of the country before settling in the Colorado Springs area in 1984 where he and Sonya became local business owners of The Pawn Shops. Blink enjoyed car racing, boating, birds and trees and the beauty of living in the Rockies. Blink liked to say his greatest accomplishment was his family. He was loved and admired as he was a people person who found the good in everyone. He had integrity in all of his endeavors. No one will forget his uncanny sense of humor.
Visitation is Friday, October 15, 2010 5-8pm at Shrine of Remembrance with funeral services Saturday, 2pm at Shrine of Remembrance America the Beautiful Chapel. Entombment will be at Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Pikes Peak Hospice.