Robert W. Blackford

Robert Warren Blackford, age 71 of Maryville, IL, born March 1, 1946 in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Bob retired after 23 years of service with Kraft Foods in Granite City, IL. He worked for Nestle in Granite City, IL prior to that for 20 years. He was an Army veteran, a life member of the Collinsville VFW Post 5691, and a member of the Collinsville American Legion Post 365. He loved to ride his motorcycle, travel, fish, and spend time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Warren Blackford; a son, Robert Warren Blackford, Jr.; a daughter, Aron Elizabeth Ponder; a granddaughter, Kylie Nicole Ponder; and two sisters: Donna May and Linda Kay Winkelmann.

He is survived by his mother, Roberta Blackford; his wife, Kathy nee Hall Blackford, whom he married May 2 1975; four grandchildren: Heather (Shane) Huston, Trey (Jessica) Klette, Kaleb Klette, and Mason Ponder; two great grandchildren: Kaylee and Rylen Huston; and a son-in-law, Kevin Ponder.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home. Honor guard will be provided by Collinsville VFW.

Funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the funeral home with Rev. Marvin Morgan officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Memorials may be made to Collinsville VFW Post 5691 or St. John United Church of Christ, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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