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G. Paul Blackburn

G. Paul Blackburn, 91, of Cadiz died Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

Born March 1, 1919, in Bloomingdale, he was one of several children of the late George and Maude Parks Blackburn.

He was one of the last living graduates of Hopedale High School Class of 1937.  After graduation, he was drafted into the US Army in a newly organized regiment of the 36th Combat Engineers at Plattsburg, NY.  He was a master sergeant in charge of motor equipment in the battalion.  He and his company were in five different invasions starting in Africa, then Sicily, Italy and France, always being the first men on the beaches.

After the war, he went to work at Carson Auto Parts in Cadiz.  He married his wife of 64 years, Ruth Dickey Blackburn, Dec. 8, 1946.  During this time, Paul and Hugh Holligan of Bergholz, partnered and purchased The Saline Oil Company in Salineville, which they operated for over 20 years.  The two men then purchased land near Richmond and started and operated the Spring Hills Golf Course for several years.  After retirement, he and Ruth moved back to Cadiz where they lived for the last 25 years.

He was an active member of Salineville Masonic Lodge #348, where he was a past master and held several other offices.  He was active and held the office of director in Cadiz Lion's Club. 

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Dickey Blackburn of Cadiz; a daughter, Janice (Walter) Ward of Florida; three grandsons; six great grandchildren and several loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Ralph, Wilbur, Raymond, Wayne and Doyle Blackburn and a sister, Sarah Carman.

Friends may call Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Blackburn Funeral Home, 324 High St., Hopedale. Masonic services, provided by The Salineville Lodge will be held at 8:45 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. with Rev. R.J. Leek officiating.  Burial will be in Cadiz Union Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Hopedale American Legion.

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