Richard Blackwell

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Anchorage resident Richard Eugene Blackwell, 76, died Oct. 8, 2007, at his home.
A funeral with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Fort Richardson Army Base Chapel, Building 3. Chaplain Steven Lamberg will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave.
Mr. Blackwell was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Tonkawa, Okla.
He became a resident of Alaska in 1969. He lived in Bethel 1969-2001 and in Anchorage 2001-2007. He obtained an associate's degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Mr. Blackwell retired from the U.S. Navy, where he attained the rank of senior chief petty officer. During his career, he worked as a Navy corpsman and also served on nuclear and non-nuclear submarines. In addition, he worked for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. 1969-1998 and for the Association of Village Council Presidents 1999-2001. He was instrumental in starting the Health Aide Program for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, where he also worked as a health aide trainer for several years.
His hobbies and special interests included being a high school football player, playing bingo and canasta and solving word puzzles.
His family wrote: "Throughout his life, Richard touched and enriched the lives of so many people with his generous and loving spirit. During his 38 years living in Alaska, he made many friends and was well respected in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. He enjoyed family gatherings and welcomed everyone by making them feel so special and loved. He was a wonderful man, a loving husband, and the best father and grandfather anyone could ask for. Richard was known as "Autie" (Dad) to all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by all."
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia K. Blackwell of Anchorage; sons, Roger Blackwell of San Diego, Calif., Joseph Blackwell of Singapore, and Richard Blackwell, David Blackwell and Patrick Blackwell, all of Ponka, Okla.; daughters, Brenda Smith of Tulsa, Okla., and Dendra Chavez of Bethel; stepson, Richard Oscar of Anchorage; stepdaughters, Arlene Oscar of Anchorage and Donna Uttereyuk of Scammon Bay; brother, Leland Blackwell of Virginia; sister, Delores Brunton of Tonkawa, Okla.; 22 grandchildren, including Hailey, Joey, Natalie, Daniel, Rachael, Crystal, Kelly, Jessie, Larry, Allen, Joshua, Rory, Meagan, Magnus, David, Hannah, Angela, Laura, Paula and Gayla; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; five brothers-in-law; and five sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Pansy Ellen Blackwell; son, Timothy Blackwell; sister, Evelyn Davis; and granddaughters, Paula Blackwell and Gayla Blackwell.
Memorial donations may be mailed to Cecelia Blackwell, c/o Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Avenue, Anchorage 99515.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 10, 2007