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Lawrence A. Blackburne

May 15, 1958 November 12, 2012
Lawrence A. Blackburne
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Obituary for Lawrence A. Blackburne

Lawrence A. Blackburne of Franklin Twp., died November 12, 2012, at Veterans Hospital in Detroit. He was 54 years old. Larry was born May 15, 1958, in Rufus, Oregon, to Marie (nee Blake) and Paul Blackburne.

Larry married Denise Cummings on April 3, 1982 and together they raised three children.

Larry was a Tech Sergeant in the United States Air Force working as an aircraft crew chief and later as an aircraft scheduler for 18 years until his retirement. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, camper, and a computer wizard but his greatest joy came from spending time with his family.

After his ALS diagnosis in 2004, Larry battled his disease with courage and determination, setting an example for all those people who knew and loved him. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend, Larry will be deeply missed by many.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Dee Blackburne and children, John �J.J.� (Jessica) Blackburne, Christina (Brent) VanDyk, and Jennifer Blackburne. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Samantha, Jacob, Skyler, and Kaitlyn, father, Paul Blackburne, sisters, Linda Hanson, Lisa Goodenough, and Mary McNiece, and many other relatives and friends. Larry is preceded in death by his mother, Marie Blackburne and brother, Les Blackburne.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Saturday at 1pm. Friends may visit beginning at 10am. Burial will follow in Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley.

Memorials appreciated to ALS of Michigan, 24359 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, Michigan 48075.

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