Crossville, Ill. — Ronnie Wayne Blackford, 55, of Crossville, passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at his home.
He was born Oct. 10, 1955 in Carmi, the son of John P. and Frieda K. (Lichtenberger) Blackford. Ron served as the manager for basketball and baseball teams during his high school and college years. He was a machinist for Snap-On Tools for many years. Ron was a member of Parkview Christian Church in Mt. Carmel.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Chui-Wen Blackford of West Hills, Calif.; a sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Raymond Cieslak of Burlington, N.C.; two nieces and a nephew, Heather Cieslak of Los Angeles and Autumn Blackford of West Hills, Calif., and Grant Cieslak of Chicago; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Stendeback Family Funeral Home/Kittinger-Fair in Carmi. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service in the chapel. Burial will take place in White County Memorial Garden. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.