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Led Zeppelin II, formerly known as George F. Blackburn climbed the "Stairway to Heaven" May 18, 2012 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was born July 26, 1947 in Milwaukee, WI, to Loraine and Alfonzo Blackburn. He grew up in downtown Chicago during the '60's. He worked for TWA for 32 years in Chicago and then St. Louis, retiring in 1997. He is survived by his father Alfonzo; his brother Joe Blackburn; his son Joe Jr.; his sister Sandy and her husband Gary; his loving daughters Melissa and her spouse Chuck Gray of Phoenix, AZ, and Mindy and Bill Baker of Seattle, WA; his ex-wife and friend Cheryl Blackburn of Bethalto, IL; a special grandson Josh Blackburn, his wife Melissa; and dear grandchildren Brandon and Abigale of Phoenix, AZ. Dear to his heart were his two cats and his dog Lila-Mae. Led's loves were rock 'n roll, hot rods and Amsterdam. However his true love was for the band Led Zeppelin. If you would like to share his memory with his family, there will be a "Celebration Day" at RJ's Bar and Grill in Hartford, IL, on this corning Friday at 6 p.m. Donations can be made to Formea Animal Hospital in Alton, IL.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from May 22 to May 24, 2012
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