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Robert Blackburn

May 24, 1935 — August 4, 2020

Robert L. Blackburn, 85, of Mt. Vernon passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Mt. Vernon Nursing and Rehab, with his family holding vigil outside his window. Bob was born on May 24, 1935 in Kentucky the son of Curtis & Katherine (Mosley) Blackburn. Bob was married to the love of his wife for over 60 years, Patsy (Bebout) Blackburn and she preceded him in death on September 30, 2015.

Bob worked at General Electric in Mt. Vernon before his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, and softball. He was devoted member of First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, where he served as a Deacon and Trustee. He loved being with and sharing his faith with his large family.

Bob is survived by his sons, Ron (Cheri) Blackburn and Robert E Blackburn; daughters, Kathy (Don) Franks, Bonnie Blackburn, Sandy Blackburn, Wanda (Calvin) Turner, Carolyn (John) Schenk, Lisa (Darryl) Hargett, and Rhonda May; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, and 9 step great grandchildren.

Is preceded in death by his parents, wife, children, Jimmy, Timmy, and Connie, brothers, Thomas, Curtis, and Emmitt Blackburn; sisters, Velma Stratton and Ann Fleming.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 7, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, 1207 Main St, with Pastor Joshua Hammond-Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Stendeback Family Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. In lieu of flowers memorials may be left to the First Baptist Church. Due to the national health crisis, mask are required and social distancing should be maintained. Online Condolences may be left at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, August 6, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Stendeback Funeral Home

200 S Walnut St, Carmi, IL 62821

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Funeral Service

Friday, August 7, 2020

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First Baptist Church (Mt. Vernon)


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