Leland N. Blackburn
July 5, 1920 — Oct. 8, 2013
After a courageous and well fought battle with cancer, our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend passed away Oct. 8, 2013.
He was born July 5, 1920 to Charles Warren and Hazel Del (Ferguson) Blackburn in Winlaw, B.C., Canada. He was the third of seven children. When he was seven, the family trekked south to Bridgeport, Wash. where they lived for several years. They later moved to the Methow Valley.
In 1942 Lee enlisted in the United States Army even though he was a Canadian citizen. He was moved to the Army Air Corp, where he trained as a clerk, truck driver, meat cutter, and then as a radio operator in a B-29. His crew had received orders to head overseas when the war ended. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant. He then returned to the Methow Valley where he spent the rest of his life.
On Aug. 31, 1948, Lee married Florence May (Corky) Daniels in Pateros, after knowing her for a whopping two weeks. They went on to raise two sons, Randy and Rob.
Lee worked at the sawmill in Twisp until his retirement in June of 1982. He retired from there as head electrician.
There was nothing more in this world that Lee loved do than deer hunting. He was extremely accomplished at that, and could spend hours reminiscing about past hunts.
Lee is survived by his son, Randy of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Dorothy (Gary) Thompson of Blanchard, Idaho; a very special friend, Doris McConnell of Omak, Wash.; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Corky; son, Rob; his brothers; one sister; his mother, Hazel; father, Charles; step-father, Bert Beagle; uncle, Claude Ferguson and aunt, Anna, who were very special in his life; and special friend, Thelma (Babe) Loucks.
There will be no services as per Dad’s request. In lieu of flower, donations can be made to Frontier Home Health and Hospice or Aero Methow Rescue Service.