Darwynd W. Blackstone Jr. 1920-2013

CONCORD TOWNSHIP – Darwynd “Blackie” Wise Blackstone Jr., 93, formerly of Argonne Drive, Austintown, died Tuesday evening, April 16, 2013, at his residence.

He was born March 17, 1920, in Youngstown, the son of the late Darwynd W. and Marie Edwards Blackstone Sr.

Darwynd was raised in the Youngstown area and moved to Concord Township in June 2012. He graduated from South High School in 1938.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He participated in the D-Day invasion as a member of a Combat Engineer Battalion during World War II.

Darwynd was an electrical engineer with Wean United in Warren for more than 28 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the former Central Christian Church in Youngstown and attended Paul Easton Church of Glenellen, North Lima. Darwynd was a Mason with the Wick Lodge #481 F.&A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies, the American Legion Post 290 of Columbiana, the VFW National Member at Large and a member of the Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association.

His wife of 48 years, the former Betty E. McMurray, whom he married on June, 21, 1947, died Oct. 19, 1995.

Darwynd is survived by two sons, Roger M. (Barbara) Blackstone of Chardon and Randy A. (Rebecca) Blackstone of Columbus; four grandchildren, Jeremy (Maureen) Blackstone, Jennifer (fiance James Currence) Blackstone, Nathan Blackstone and Kevin Blackstone; a brother, Robert Blackstone of San Antonio; a sister, Adele Glass of Ontario, Calif.; and his extended family, Tim Nells, Lori Nells and Tammy (Pat) Dowling.

Besides his parents and wife, Darwynd was preceded in death by a sister, Launa Crownover.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family requested that material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060, or to Paul Easton Church at Glenellen, 9661 Market St., North Lima, OH 44452, in memory of Darwynd.

Visit www.Thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences.

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