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Ronald Blackstone, age 74, Owner and President of RJB Properties Inc., passed away suddenly on December 26, 2012, at Northwestern Hospital. Mr. Blackstone was the beloved husband of Dr. Blondean Davis Blackstone; loving father of Ronald Joseph (Joe) Blackstone and daughter-in-law Jamie Mohn; loving grandfather of Jessie Blackstone; cherished son of the late Mary Louise Franklin and the late Orville Blackstone; brother of Jacqueline W. Blackstone; and dear grand nephew of Naomi Smith. Mr. Blackstone was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Hughes High School. He then attended Knoxville College in Tennessee and graduated in 1960 where he was a campus leader and member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In 1965, he became a resident of the Chicago area where he later obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1981. Mr. Blackstone had a lifelong love of business and youth. As the owner and president of RJB Properties, Inc. he built the firm into a multi-million dollar service company. His love of business extended into being a member of several boards of directors including: Roseland Hospital, Great Lakes Bank and the Gavin Foundation. He expressed his love of youth and education through many volunteer coaching positions in the community. He was also selected as a Trustee of the Thornton High School District 205 Academic Enrichment Foundation and served two stints as a member of the Homewood Flossmoor High School District Board of Education from 1979 to 1983 and from 1987 to 1998 where he served as the Vice President and also the President of the Board. He also served as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education from 1983 to 1987. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 3rd, at 10:00 a.m., with service following at 12:00 noon, at the House of Hope, 752 E. 114th Street, Chicago, 60628. Arrangements are being handled by the A. R. Leak Funeral Home, Country Club Hills, IL.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Dec. 31, 2012
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