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Obituary for Walter C. Blackford

Mr. Walter Calvin Blackford, age 97, of Jefferson City, Missouri passed away on Monday, October 9, 2023, at Truman Memorial Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.

He was born on June 20, 1926, a son of Lloyd and Margaret (McGuire) Blackford. In 1948, Walter was united in marriage to Zita Christiansen in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and to this union five children were born. They shared 46 years together before her passing in 1994.

Walter proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the USS Lander and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He enjoyed black-and-white westerns, harbored a deep affection for animals, and occasionally indulged in blackjack gambling. To make ends meet, he tirelessly took on additional jobs, never able to sit idly. Even after retiring, he continued to seek odd jobs, demonstrating his unwavering work ethic. He dedicated 30 years of his life to laboring in a meat packing plant before finally retiring.

His infectious sense of humor was only occasionally matched by his occasional bouts of stubbornness. He took immense pleasure in savoring sweets, with a particular fondness for Little Debbie Swiss rolls and oatmeal creme pies. His insatiable sweet tooth even extended to his favorite color, which he affectionately declared as chocolate.

Survivors include his four children, Terry Blackford and wife Carol, Kandy Grelle, Jimmy Blackford and Ginger Corum and husband David; ten grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Zita and an infant daughter Pamela Rose Blackford.

Mr. Blackford will be cremated and his celebration of life and inurnment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, South Dakota will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans Charity (DAV), by mailing all donations to P.O. Box 95, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101.