Gordon Dean BLACKMER 09/24/1923 – 11/04/2019
Gordon Dean Blackmer, 96, of Stevensville (formerly Flint) Michigan, passed away 4 Nov 2019. Gordon was born 24 Sep 1923 in Flint to parents Myrtle Marie (Dean) & David Allen Blackmer. He was one of five siblings, including Margaret, Lee, Donna & Myrtle.
Gordon proudly served in the U. S. Navy (1941-1946) in WWII, stationed in the Asiatic Pacific, & was a very proud, patriotic American. After honorable discharge in January 1946, he returned to Flint and began work in June on the Buick Railroad following in his father’s footsteps as train engineer. In August of 1946 he married Pauline Louise Root. Pauline & Gordon retired to their cottage on Burt Lake in 1983 and later relocated to Stevensville to be near their son. Gordon loved his adopted community and frequently attended LHS sporting events year round (especially his grandchildren’s), which students took note of and acknowledged. He loved the water and visited Lake Michigan often. Gordon joined a coffee group which he attended faithfully -rain, sleet or shine- also befriending many of the Stevensville Martin’s staff.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Pauline; brother, Lee A. Blackmer; sister, Margaret (Blackmer) Bigger and his parents. He is survived by his son, Gordon “Gordie” R. (Linda); sisters, Donna Irgang and Myrtle Taylor, grandchildren, Jason (Kara) & Lane; great-grandson, Dean; several nephews, nieces & friends.
Many thanks to “The coffee guys”, the community, Dr. G., Woodland Terrace and their awesome staff that he loved, his caring neighbors who plowed his driveway before family could get there and Caring Circle Hospice for insuring his comfort. We thank you all for helping to enrich Gordon’s life.
A graveside, celebration of life memorial will be held at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Spring 2020 to allow safe travel for those from afar, with a gathering afterward. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Gordon’s memory be made to: The Conservation Fund – 1655 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209; to help sustain the environment Gordon has passed on to us all and those to come.
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