Richard Blackburn

Richard D Blackburn

Friday, February 5th, 1937 - Monday, December 28th, 2020
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Richard D. Blackburn passed away Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. He was born February 5, 1937 in Ellsworth, Kansas the son of Paul and Dorothy (Pohle) Blackburn. He graduated from Ellsworth High School and from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.

Richard proudly served his country in the United States Army. He had worked for Ricco Pharmacy and Bankes Pharmacy in Abilene until retiring as a pharmacist from Ft. Riley.

Richard was a past member of the Masonic Lodge before joining the Catholic Church. He was a member of the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and Hospice of Dickinson County.

He is survived by his nephews Robert and Ronald Blackburn of Ellsworth, sister-in-law Young Blackburn of Michigan, and his friends Paul and Vicki Sampson of Wakefield, and a host of friends in Abilene and beyond.

Mass of Christian Burial for Richard will be 10:30 am, Monday, January 4, 2021 at the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church with Father Don Zimmerman as Celebrant. A Parish Rosary will be recited at 10:00 am before the Mass. His final resting place will be in the Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may sign the register book until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Shriners Hospital or to the Abilene Food Pantry and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410. Condolences may be sent to the family at
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  • Service

    Monday, January 4th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Monday, January 4th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Andrew Catholic Chrurch
    Father Don Zimmerman
  • Interment

    Mt. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
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Dale Reitz

Posted at 10:00am
I've known Richard for 50 years, or more. Always a kind man, always interested in how you were, and what you were doing. Ran into him in Abilene last year when we were visiting. So glad we had a chance to chat. RIP Richard, you were one of the good ones !

Mary k Henry

Posted at 02:51pm
So sorry about the passing of Richard. I was a friend of his through the order of the Eastern Star. He truly had a wonderful way of presenting our order. Mary Kay Henry

Tracy Bloom

Posted at 09:21am
So sorry to hear of the passing of Richard, a really respected man in the Masonic Community. Although I had lost touch with him in the last few years, he was one of those that wasn't ever too far from your mind! Richard will be missed!

My condolences to the family!

Tracy Bloom
Clay Center KS

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