Franklin Howard Blackburn, 67

Frank_BlackburnFranklin Howard Blackburn, 67, left his earthly home for his Heavenly one on Sunday, October 11, 2015 succumbing to cancer.

Born in Beckley, West Virginia on February 22, 1948 to Warren Hardin Blackburn and Doris Ann McClung- Blackburn, Frank was a 1967 graduate of Linwood High School in Linwood, Kansas. He attained the rank of Sargent E-4 in the US Air Force serving during the Vietnam War Era as an Engine Mechanic. A longtime resident of Tonganoxie, KS, Frank spent his last years in Plainview, AR. Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years Ruby Grantz-Blackburn.

He is survived by his brother Richard Blackburn and wife Donna of Independence, MO, children James Blackburn of Lawrence, KS and Stacy Blackburn-Mooney of Lawrence, KS, his step-children Kay Meints-Knight of Gold Bar, WA, Jeannie Meints-Plake and spouse Brian Plake of McLouth, KS, Kenneth Meints and spouse Melanie of Bonner Springs, KS, Marvin Meints and spouse Pam of Eudora, KS and brother-in law Larry Grantz of Murfreeboro, AR. Frank had 20 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Among Frank’s many occupations he is most noted for his years of over-the-road truck driving and his years as a janitor at the Basehor-Linwood School District. He was an avid fisherman, loved to talk and had amazing woodworking skills.

Frank’s final resting place will be in Aly, AR beside his wife and karaoke partner Ruby. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family would like to thank the physicians, nurses and care givers of the Fayetteville. AR, VA Hospital that cared for Frank during his last weeks preceding his trip home for his final days at Olathe Hospice House.