ANDERSON — Edward Levi Blackford, 81, of Anderson died Sept. 15, 2013, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital after a short illness.
He was born in Elwood, Oct. 8, 1931, to Roy K. and Eva (Anderson) Blackford.
He served in the Army National Guard.
He worked at Delco Remy for 46 years before retiring in 1996.
He was an avid model railroad enthusiast and member of Anderson Library Model Railroad Club where he served as Superintendent.
On Jan. 18, 1972, he married Betty L. (Wood) Blackford, who preceded him in death Nov. 24, 2008.
He is survived by seven sons, Jim (Terri) Blackford, Mike (Loretta) Cox, John (Samantha) Blackford, Jerry (Sherry) Blackford, Randy (Angela) Cox, Robert Cox, Don (Renee) Blackford; five daughters, Miranda Walton, Donita Guillemette, Cathy (Bob) Epperly, Susan (Darren) Grile and Laura (Shawn) Gordon; many grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; five siblings, Freda Georgel, Don Blackford, George Blackford, Diane Homler and Mike Blackford; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Sonny Earhart.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Dale Blackford; son-in-law, Tom Guillemette; two sisters and four brothers.
Service will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service with the Revs. Dan Bair and Susan Cameron officiating. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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