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Delbert Henry Blackburn
September 10, 1932 – April 28, 2016

Aumsville – Del passed away peacefully at home after a short battle with cancer surrounded by both family and friends. Born on September 10, 1932 in Bridger, MT, Del led a simple life and in June of 1951 joined the United States Navy to proudly serve his country. As a Firemen on the USS Estes (ACG-12), he sailed the waters of the South Pacific and was witness to numerous nuclear tests yet he still found the time to chase and marry his sweetheart Charlene in March of 1953.

Del left the service in June of 1955 and was awarded the China Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United States Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Del was proud of his time in the Navy and once on land he and Charlene moved around, found time to have two beautiful girls, and finally settled in their current home where he resumed a simple life working in the maintenance field.

Del was always a quiet, reserved, man and probably judged by many as being stern, but to know him one would know that under that seemingly rough exterior he had a very, very loving heart. Like many men of his time he had to deal with the war and hard times both but succeeded, something he probably didn’t ever realize before passing.

Del is survived by his wife Charlene, daughters Cheri Blackburn and her very longtime significant other Glen of Aumsville, Karen Hagel and spouse Michael of Salem, 5 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

At the request of Del, there will be no services. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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