RIP Don Blackburn

Posted: April 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

Courtesy of Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Donald E. Blackburn, 65, of West Terre Haute, passed away at 1:01 a.m., Friday, April 3, 2009, at Union Hospital’s emergency room. He retired from Wabash Fiber Box, after 33 years of service. He was born Nov. 13, 1943, in Terre Haute, to Edward Blackburn and Helen Sanders Blackburn.Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Ella M. Brackall Blackburn; a son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Stephanie Joy of West Terre Haute; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Ted Brown of Brownsburg; a son, James Blackburn; a daughter, Angela Blackburn Mason; his stepmother, Ruth Blackburn of Brooksville, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Fran Blackburn of Decatur, Ill.,; a brother-in-law, Charles Brackall of Marshall, Ill.; four grandchildren, Avery Brown, Luke Brown, Branch Joy and Parker Joy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Karen Gustafson.He was a 32nd Degree Masons and a member of William Penn Lodge 727 Free and Accepted Masons, a member and past monarch of the Kerman Grotto, and was a member of the United Paperworkers Union. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving with the military police stationed in Germany, during the Vietnam War.Services are 3 p.m. Monday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. Third St., in West Terre Haute, with the Rev. Kevin Devine officiating. Burial is in Bethesda Memorial Park, with graveside military rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972. Visitation is 11 a.m. until services Monday.

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