UTICA — Leland E. Blacksten, 84, of Utica, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2011, with his loving family at his side.
Leland was born in Newark on March 17, 1927, to the late John and Wave (Reynard) Blacksten. He attended Newark and Homer city schools. On June 20, 1945, he entered into the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during World War II seeing action in both France and Germany. After the war he came home to Utica and returned to his position at the Cooper-Bessemer plant in Mount Vernon as an engine builder and mechanic. He retired after 40 years of faithful service. Leland was a hard worker and believed in the value of hard work. He was also an avid wood worker making wooden models of the engines that he would build at Cooper-Bessemer.
Along with Leland’s parents, he is also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary (Cline) Blacksten.
Leland’s survivors include his wife, Dorothea Blacksten; sons, Larry (Pat) Blacksten, Robert Blackstone; grandchildren, Brad (Theresa) Blacksten, Brent (Lori) Blacksten, Robby Blacksten and Jeremy (Elayna) Blacksten; great-grandchildren, Chase, Ryan, Zoe and Kamryn; great-great-grandson, Maverick. He is also survived by his brother, Jack (Dorothea) Blacksten.
Private graveside services were held at the Homer Cemetery in Homer. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home, 179 Granville St., Newark. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of Central Ohio in Leland’s honor.
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