Roger Leroy Blakeburn, 52, of Greentop, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly, Friday (August 12, 2011) at his home.
The son of Clinton Charles and Janice Earlene (Burtlow) Blakeburn, he was born December 5, 1958 in Sterling, Illinois.
Roger is survived by his mother and step-father, Janice and Bill Troeger of Macon, MO; two daughters, Crystal Cowell of Memphis, MO and Brandi Findling of Ft. Belvoir, VA; three sisters, Alice Roberts and husband Harold of Ottumwa, IA, Rose Reger of Greentop, MO and Deedee Stuckey of Wellington, MO; two brothers, Chris Blakeburn of Bevier, MO and Dale Blakeburn of Ottumwa, IA; two step-daughters, Amanda Bowen and Vanessa Bell both of Kirksville, MO; one aunt, Gwen McQuerry and husband Joe of Parma, OK; one uncle Mike Burtlow and wife Sue of Villages, FL; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; an infant brother; an uncle and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Roger received his education in the Unionville public schools. He served in the United States Navy. Since 1972, Roger resided in Putnam, Adair and Schuyler Counties. At the time of his death, Roger was employed at Corner Stone Auto Sales in Kirksville.
His hobbies included fishing, music, pool, Nascar and he enjoyed working on cars. Rogers’s dog (Clell) was his best friend.
Roger was a member of Church of the Nazarene of Kirksville.
Public visitation will be held Monday (August 15, 2011) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.
Graveside services with military honors will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday (August 16, 2011) at the Missouri State Veterans’s Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri.
Pallbearers will be Blake Stuckey, Gregory Stuckey, Johnie Roberts, Chris Blakeburn Jr., Russell Reger, and Chuck Roberts.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Roger may be made to the Church of the Nazarene. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.