Marsh H. Blackburn
82, of Chicago, passed away on April 11, 2012 of heart failure. He leaves behind his devoted wife Mary, his children Steven (Joann) and Marsha (the late Andrew) LaMarca, his sister Carol Lynne (Bill) Clark, and grandchildren Marci, Sophia, and Jolie. He was preceded in death by his parents Lois Marsh Blackburn and Hanly Blackburn, and his sons Kevin and Bruce.
He served as chairman/CEO of Sales Force Companies, Inc., a food brokerage organization headquartered in Chicago, marketing product throughout the Midwest. Following retirement he worked with Andersen Consulting, served on the USDA International Section Advisory Board and traveled to numerous Eastern European countries working with their food industry challenges. Marsh also served for several years as Chairman of the Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger and on the board and executive committee of America's Second Harvest National Food Bank Organization, receiving their Special Recognition - Hunger's Hope Award. He was also the recipient of numerous prestigious food industry awards.
Marsh was a graduate of Indiana University School of Business and served for several years on their Advisory Board. An "I" man (football), he was the recipient of the coveted I.U. Athelet Clevenger Award in 2002. He served in the Korean War, earning the Bronze Star and two Commendation Awards.
In recent years Marsh was on the Foundation Board of Mariners Hospital in Tavenier, Florida. He and Mary enjoyed football, fishing and sailing, spending half the year at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.
Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted by Mariners Hospital Foundation, 91500 Overseas Highway, Tavenier, Florida 33037 or I.U. Foundation to benefit athletic programs and business school, P.O. Box 500, Bloomington, Indiana 47402. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058.
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