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Thursday, September 14, 2023
5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Friday, September 15, 2023
10:00 - 11:00am (Central time)
Roland Glen Blackburn, known to many as Glen, passed away on September 7, 2023, in Wichita, Kansas at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital. Born to Roland Mitchner and Gladys Irene (Jones) Blackburn on February 3, 1953, in Independence, Kansas, he lived a life filled with dedication, love for his family, and unyielding commitment to his work.
Glen dedicated most of his career to serving others. Throughout his 45 years as a police deputy and first responder, Glen exhibited profound compassion in his interactions with others. He strived not only to find resolutions to challenging situations but also aimed to inspire individuals he encountered to transform their lives positively instead of simply punishing them. This dedication to promoting change made him immensely respected within the community.
He worked for ACC in the maintenance department for a remarkable 30 years before retiring. However, retirement could not keep him away from what he loved. He returned to work at Cessna for an additional five years before joining the Elk County Road and Bridge team until his second retirement. Notably, Glen was known for working two jobs simultaneously throughout most of his adult life—a testament to his strong work ethic and unwavering determination.
Beyond his professional life, Glen was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who cherished every moment spent with his family. His wife Karla L. (Kill) Blackburn was the love of his life, and their bond exemplified true partnership throughout the years. As a father to Tyson Blackburn and Scott Blackburn, Glen poured his heart into being a good dad.
Glen found immense joy and delight in being a grandfather. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart which was reciprocated with equal adoration by them. Despite being 70 years old at the time of his passing, Glen's spirit remained youthful when it came to interacting with children. He would play and engage with them like a child himself—always reminding them of their importance and making sure they felt seen and heard.
In addition to family bonds, Glen had numerous hobbies and interests that brought him fulfillment outside of work. He particularly enjoyed quail hunting and fishing excursions surrounded by nature's tranquility. In addition, shooting guns on shooting ranges—and essentially any sporting activity that allowed him to embrace camaraderie through sportsmanship.
Education played an important role in Glen's life. He attended school in Elk Valley and ultimately graduated from high school in 1972. Seeking further knowledge, he pursued his education at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas. There, Glen completed his Associates Degree in Police Science—a testament to his passion for serving and protecting his community.
Glen was known for his quick wit, comical nature, and a penchant for history that made him a captivating conversationalist. His memory was astounding, enabling him to recall details with impeccable accuracy. In addition, he possessed a talent for impersonations that brought joy and laughter to those around him. Though he appeared as a tough guy, deep down he possessed the heart of a gentle giant—a big teddy bear ready to offer comfort and support whenever needed.
Glen will be profoundly missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him during his lifetime. He leaves behind cherished memories for all who were fortunate enough to experience the love and warmth he exuded effortlessly.
Glen's memory will continue through his sons Tyson Blackburn and Scott Blackburn, and wife Tina, his sisters Jane Wassom, and Rowlinda (Jones) Justus. The legacy of Glen Blackburn will be carried forward by his grandchildren Cassidy Brenner and her husband Eric Brenner, Kimberly Clubine, Cheyenne Stone and her husband Josh Stone—all of whom held a special place in his heart. Additionally, Glen was blessed with twelve great-grandchildren who brought endless joy and laughter into his life. He has now joined his beloved wife Karla in Heaven with their Lord and Savior. Also at rest are his parents Gladys and Rowland Jones, and Roland Blackburn as well as sisters Dianne Morrison and Iown Adamson.
The services to honor and celebrate the life of Glen Blackburn will take place at the United Methodist Church in Longton, Kansas, under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The visitation will be held on September 14, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The funeral service will be held the following day, September 15, 2023, commencing at 10:00 AM. Friends, family members, and all who wish to pay their respects are welcome to attend both events at the United Methodist Church located at 200 W 5th St, Longton, KS 67352. Visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com to leave an online condolence, share a memory or view live streaming of his services under his obituary page.
The family request memorial contributions to be made payable to either Longton United Methodist Church or Christian Community Church of Longton and may be left in care of the chapel.