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Leonard "Lee" R. Blackwell

Leonard “Lee” R. Blackwell, 79 of Bulpitt, IL passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 6:53 a.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. He was born on June 2, 1943 in Stonington, IL the son of Walter Nulty and Martha Frances (Watson) Blackwell. He married Elizabeth Jane Heyen on June 20, 1970 and divorced in 1976. He later married Patricia McKenzie on September 11, 1993. She preceded him in death on February 12, 2018.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran and had many careers over his lifetime- truck driver, carpenter, upholsterer, leather crafter, toy train operator, jack-of-all-trades. Lee loved spending time with his family and friends and was known for always having a hot pot of coffee on hand to share when they stopped by.

Lee is survived by his daughter: LeAnne (Jason) Shoemaker of Decatur, IL; step-children: Kevin McKenzie of Naples, FL, Danielle Schertz of Hanna City, IL and Bill Schertz of Peoria, IL; honorary brother: Rolly (Diane) Moore of Palmer, IL and Sister: Linda Dickison of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter: Lori Jean Blackwell, brother: Ronald Blackwell and sister: Genevieve Carey.

Leonard was very passionate about the importance of education and wished to donate his body to science. There are no services planned at this time. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Decatur Memorial Hospital and Moweaqua Rehabilitation Center.

Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Food Pantry 1429 E. Main Cross St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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To Lee’s family , I was sorry to hear the news , i met him in 2004 he was a lifelong friend of my stepfathers , I use to stop and visit when in the area , enjoyed our talks very much , he made me a belt once as well as motorcycle seat , I will truly miss him .

Harvey Hudspeth Sep 15 2022 12:57 AM

For the family of Leonard, I have many memories of him as a child doing things. He tried explaining how a car motor worked, I sort of flunked that class. He will always be my big brother in my mind.

Linda Dickison Sep 8 2022 6:26 PM