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William Clark Blackburn, 90, Kokomo, passed away in his home at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Indianapolis. He was the son of the late Max Allen and Beryle (Clark) Blackburn. In 1950, he met his future partner in life, Gloria A. Pickavet. They were married Jan. 19, 1952, and she survives.
Bill was a 1944 graduate of Shortridge High School, and in Bill's senior year of high school, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. After he was discharged from the Army, he returned to Indiana University in Bloomington, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business in 1948. Bill was with the I.U. fraternity Phi Gamma Delta, Zeta Chapter. He played tennis at I.U., where he achieved the status of "I" man in 1945.
Bill moved to Kokomo in 1961. He was the president of Kokomo Spring, where his employees nicknamed him "the Spring King." Blackie, as he was also referred to, played racquetball, tennis and golfed at the Kokomo Country Club. He had a sport for every season. Bill was a lifelong fan of Indiana University basketball and had been a season ticket holder since 1972, he loved them "Hoosiers."
Bill and Gloria purchased a summer home in 1969 on Lake Wawasee, which was thoroughly enjoyed for over 32 years by family and friends. His priority for his family was to educate them and set them up to be successful in their lives. They joined First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 2002, and were co-treasurers of their Omega class.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Gloria P. Blackburn, Kokomo; children, Drs. Bruce A. and Susan S. Blackburn, Kokomo, Brenda Blackburn-Foster, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Barbara B. and Jeffrey Barnhart, Carmel, Beth and Mick Blackburn-Meierdiercks, Mililani, Hawaii, and Beverly B. Connor, Kokomo; grandchildren, Blake William Barnhart, Amanda Clark Foster, Dr. Casey Blackburn Connor, Carly Pope Connor, Logan Michelle Meierdiercks; sister, Babs Blackburn Cummins Coppes, Warsaw; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of William's life will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 W. Jefferson St., with Pastors Jerry Van Auken and Joyce Harris officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on May 10, 2017
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