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 altmeyer.com.