John Rick Blessing

August 26, 1954 - October 26, 2008

08/26/1954 - 10/26/2008

Past Services

Wednesday October 29, 2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Thursday October 30, 2008
6:30 pm
Church of the Ascension
405 Talbot Hall Road
Norfolk, VA 23505

Norfolk; John Richard “Rick” Blessing, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2008 in a local hospital. He was born on August 26, 1954 in Norfolk.

He was predeceased by his father John Heilman Blessing and sister Joann Blessing.

He graduated from Kempsville High School, Class of 1972, he was an electrician at Norshipco for many years and the owner of Rick’s Trucking, Inc. for the last 14 years.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, JoAnne Campbell Blessing, his mother Evelyn M. Blessing of Virginia Beach; sister, Mary B Gilkey & husband Charles of Norfolk, brother Robert S. Blessing, Little Rock, Arkansas, brother Michael D. Blessing & wife, Melinda of Chesapeake, sister Michele Thompson & husband Terry of Anderson, Indiana; loving nieces & nephews Claire, Caroline, Chelsea, Terry John, Krystyna, Caleb, Mackenzie, Jason, Craig, Lauren, Kyanne & two great nieces Mary Evangeline & Justine; two very dear friends Phil McGreevy & Greg Purvis, and his girls “Mitzi” & “Ginger”.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 6:30 PM in Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach by Father James E. Parke. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 2730 Ellsmere Avenue Norfolk, VA 23513 or ALS Virginia Chapter, 7507 Standish Place Rockville, MD 20855. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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Dale Laura
8 years ago

Although I only just recently met John and Robert, I have know his brother Mike for some time, and know that the joy and freinship they have brought into many peoples life, he will be sorley missed.

Life is an adventure and his is filled with great memories, I’m sure.

Mrs. Watkins
8 years ago

Dear Family of John Blessing,

I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one. You can be assured that hope and encouragement needed is found in the Bible. In the Bible book of Revelations 21, 4 we read of a time when every tear will be wiped from our eyes. Please take care of yourselves.


John & Ellen Sheil
8 years ago

Dear Jo-anne;

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thou we didn’t know John

we have known and loved you since you were a little girl. Remember we are always here for you.

Lessie Nieves
8 years ago

Dear JoAnne, I know words can’t really comfort you at this time, but please know that my deepest prayers are always with you. May your memories of Rick Keep you and bring you comfort. My thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family. Love Lessie

roberta lopez
8 years ago

Dear Mary and all the family of Rick:

I am so very, very sorry that you lost your precious Rick. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I really am so sorry.

Love, Roberta Lopez

8 years ago

Dearest Richard…May the good Lord bless and keep you. May he cause his face to shine upon you and grant you peace and happiness in his kingdom with all the other angels. You are much loved and will be sorely missed by all of us in Jo-Anne’s family as well as your own.

Rest in peace dear “nephew” and friend.

Walter & Donna Silver
8 years ago

Deeply sorry for your loss!

Mrs.Harold Lawless
8 years ago

Evelyn I was sorry to see this on the computer this a.m. My prayers are with you and your family.


Arvid Lawless

Mable Ellis
8 years ago

JoAnne,My prayers are with you and your family. Be Blessed and Know that you are Loved.

Michele, Terry, TJ & Krystyna Thompson
8 years ago

Rick, my big Brother and LOVING Uncle words can not express how much you will be missed, the LOVE, humor and warmth you gave to ALL. You are with DAD playing poker and enjoying your music with Joey. I will miss our football talks, but most of all I will miss my BIG BROTHER, I LOVED YOU SO VERY MUCH!

Mary and Charles
8 years ago

Rick, you will be missed and you are definitely in a better place. Life on earth pales in comparison to the eternal life and happiness that you will now share with God in heaven. No more will you suffer with the daily pain and struggles. We are sure that you will experience for the first time the meaning of true love and devotion. You will be appreciated for you. Furthermore, you will be missed by those who really loved you. Your family. Goodbye brother and uncle.

Mike & Melinda
8 years ago

To our beloved Rick,

You will always have a speical place in our hearts. Thank you for all the advice and support that has helped guide us through our life together. I am going to miss the argumnets we use to have about football. I know Mike is especially going to miss your daily after work phone calls just to see how each of you were doing. I will watch out for your Barcliff during this difficult tme. You will be truly missed and I thank god for blessing me with such a beautiful person and will cherish our memories forever.

We Love You,

Mike & Mel

Simone Johnson-Rogers
8 years ago

To The Blessing Family

Psalm 145:18 Jehovah is near to all those calling upon him, to all those who call upon him in trueness

Jenny Espier
8 years ago

To the Blessing Family:

I work with Mary Blessing, she is an incredible lady one that is cared for and appreciated by many here at Amerigroup.

I want to express my sincere condolences to the family. My prayers are still to keep all of the family in the peace and Joy of the Lord.

PEACE, because John is resting with our Lord and joy because it is a JOY to know John will be eternally at Peace and one day we too shall inherit everlasting Life and share that same JOY and PEACE with our Father in HEAVEN.

Deepest and warm hugs.

Hattie Matthews
8 years ago

To The Blessing Family:

I am truly sorry for the loss of your dear love one. Words cannot express the pain and sorrow that you feel. But, please keep in mind God’s promise found in the Bible at John chapter 5, verses 28&29.It reads: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.”

May God comfort you during these difficult times.

William Calvert
8 years ago

We’re so sorry for your loss and to me Rick was one of my dearest friends I’ll miss all his joking around and having such a upbeat attitude. May you find comfort at this time that he’s in a better place as we all will be someday!