David J. Blackman, age 74, of Ripley, N.Y., died on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Westfield Hospital.
He was born on April 12, 1940, to the late Lloyd Oscar and Lilly Gregory Blackman.
He was a Vietnam Era veteran
, serving in the United States Air Force
, retiring after 28 years of service, and then was employed at the United States Post Office, in North East, for 15 years, until retirement in 2006.
David was a member of the N.R.A., Loyal Order of Moose
Lodge 2568 in North East, Life Member of the American Legion in Ripley, N.Y., and was a Boy Scout leader in New Mexico, Thailand, Korea, and Illinois.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline Williams Blackman, whom he married May 30, 1964; daughter: Anna-Lyn Cettell (Rodney) of Ripley; sons, David W. Blackman (Donna) of Ripley and Mark D. Blackman (Julie) of Erie; brother, Jeffrey L. Blackman (Ruth) of Ripley; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East, on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9, and are invited to attend a funeral service on Monday at 1:30 p.m., at the funeral home, with Full Military Honors. Officiating will be Rev. Philip Johnson. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to the Ripley Hose Co. #1, South State Street, Ripley, NY 14775. Please send condolences to www.elkinfh.com