Antique Vintage 17

Roger Blackburn

November 30, 1935 ~ May 1, 2020 (age 84)


Roger Blackburn, 84, Decatur, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at Adams Woodcrest. He was born in Decatur on Nov. 30, 1935 to the late Earl and Edna (Fetters) Blackburn. He married the love of his life Madeline Friend on June 19, 1955.

He was a member of the former First Presbyterian Church of Decatur, which has now closed. He served as an Elder and Trustee. He is now a member of the Zion United Church of Christ.

He worked for 32 years at Central Soya. He then worked for Magnavox for 8 years and Indiana State Board of Health for 4 years. He was a member of Decatur Elks Lodge and a former Exalted Ruler. He was also a member of the Mizpah Shrine, Adams Co. Shrine Callipers, Decatur Masonic Lodge and Moose Lodge. He was a certified Indiana and Ohio basketball referee official in his younger years. He and Madeline were active Ballroom dancers for many years. He enjoyed summers at Manapogo Park at Lake Pleasant, Indiana and winters in Scottsdale Arizona. He was an avid golfer and fisherman.

Among survivors are his wife of 64 years  Madeline  M. Blackburn,  two daughters Terra (Anthony) Roop, of Decatur, Teena Blum of Decatur. A son Trent (Amy)Blackburn of Bluffton. Eight grandchildren Tracy (Ryan) Ballard, Daryl Roop, Trent Jr. (Erica) Blackburn, Alexis Blackburn, Tyler Thomas, Ben Blum, Taylor Blum, Rachel Blum. Three great-granddaughters, Kennedy, Madison and Monroe Ballard. Brother Jan Joseph Blackburn of Plantation, Florida

He is preceded in death by a brother David Blackburn.

A future public memorial service will be held when the Covid -19 restrictions are removed. Pastor Randy Rossman will be officiating.

Preferred memorials are to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Zion United Church of Christ.

Arrangements handled by Ballard and Sons Funeral Homes.

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