Robert L. Blackburn, 88

Robert Lowell Blackburn, 88, of Wabash, died at 1:25 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016, at Parkview Wabash Hospital. 

He was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Rochester, to Elzie and Myra (Moon) Blackburn.

Bob married Dorothea Martin in Wabash on Aug. 17, 1947.  He was a World War II Navy veteran.  He retired from General Tire in Wabash in 1985 after 41 years.  He was also the sexton at Falls Cemetery in Wabash 10 years, and owned his own residential and commercial lawn service 10 years.  Bob was a member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea Blackburn of Wabash; two children, Fred (Vickie) Blackburn of Janesville, Wis., and Jane (Dan) Wingert of Wabash; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Ned Blackburn who died in 1984, three brothers, two sisters, and a great-great-grandson.

Graveside services and burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Falls Cemetery,Wabash, with the Rev. Kurt Freeman officiating.  Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Wabash First United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Bob may be signed at


Posted on 2016 May 24