Howard "Blackie" K. Blackman, 91, Headlee, passed away at 3:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family.
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Born on Dec. 8, 1922 in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Ottis and Xenclea (Harriett) Blackman. On Dec. 8, 1948 he married Wilma Martin, she survives.
Blackie was a WWII U.S. Army veteran serving in France, Belgium and Holland.
He was a heavy equipment operator retiring in 1987 from Deichman Excavating and he was a member of the Operator of Engineers Local #103. After retirement, Blackie formerly owned and operated Blackman Excavating for over 30 years.
Blackie was also a member of White Oak United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 81 in Monticello and he was 50 year member of the Royal Center Masonic Lodge. His main hobby was "always working" but he also enjoyed fox and coon hunting, fishing, square dancing and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's school sporting events.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Wilma Blackman, Headlee; his children, Terry Blackman, Tom (Cindy) Blackman, all of near Headlee, Ron (Cindy) Blackman, Logansport and Jeannie (Vince) Knauff, Denver; grandchildren, Rob (Stephanie) Blackman, Zionsville, Ryan Blackman, Idaville, Ricki (Matt) Westerhouse, Buffalo, Rhiana (Joe) Lavender, Star City, Gracie (Danny) Byroad, Star City, Mason (Lindsey) Blackman, Pulaski, Melissa Hoover, Francesville, Chantel (Jeremy) Crawn, Idaville, Tasha Blackman, Indianapolis, and Chad (Christy) Haselby, Silver Lake. He is also survived by 28 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Donna (Baker) Blackman; sisters, Winafred Helvie, Genevieve Brandt, Helen Huddleston and Mabel Hilgeman; brothers, George Blackman, Bill Blackman, Burl Blackman, Don Blackman, and Harry Blackman; one infant granddaughter; and two infant great-granddaughters.
Visitation will be from 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Homes, Royal Center Chapel and also one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Adam Speicher officiating.
Burial with Military Rites will be performed at Pro Cemetery near Headlee.
Memorial contributions may be made to White Oak United Methodist Church.
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Published in The Monticello Herald Journal on Aug. 29, 2014