2009-04-11 / Obituaries

Dale J. Blackledge

A funeral service for Dale J. Blackledge, age 70, of Heath, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the Heath United Methodist Church, 1149 Hebron Road, Heath, with Rev. Richard Waddle and Rev. John Ball officiating. Burial will follow in Marlborough Cemetery, Delaware, Ohio.

Dale passed away on April 4, 2009, after a valiant battle against melanoma cancer. He was born September 8, 1938, in Kalamazoo, MI, to the late Russell and Mary Blackledge. He was a graduate of Willis High School in Delaware, Ohio, received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 1964, and received a Master's degree in Agricultural Science from The Ohio State University in 1974.

Dale spent a lifetime teaching children and young adults the meaning of head, heart, hands, and health. He retired as the Licking County 4-H extension agent in 1997 after over 30 years of service and had spent the last several years working for the Granville Golf Course as a ranger.

Dale's church was the staple in his life. He was an active member of the Heath United Methodist Church. Dale also had a passion for Ohio State athletics.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin (fiancé Suzanne Jones) of Fort Myers, FL. and Keith (Kristan) of Heath; grandchildren, Ryan and Avery; brother, Fred (Mary Ann) of Delaware, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Blackledge family would like to extend their appreciation to Hugh Cook and Mark Van Buren for making Dale so comfortable during his final days. The countless phone calls, letters, and visitors to Dale these past few months are a testament to the many lives he touched.

Friends may call from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at the Heath Chapel of Henderson Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 1249 Hebron Road, Heath, and from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 4-H, The Ohio State University, or the Heath United Methodist Church.

Please visit www.henderson vanatta.com to view a memorial and to leave a message of condolence for the Blackledge family.

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