|Birth: ||Dec. 4, 1923|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 2008|
Herman Hartcourt Blackorby Jr., 84, died at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at his residence after a period of declining health.
He was born Dec. 5, 1923, in Granite City, one of 10 children born to Herman H. and Grace E. (Drulard) Blackorby, now deceased.
He married the former Luella C. Carstens Aug. 26, 1946, in Jerseyville, and they would have soon celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. She survives.
As a young man he attended Jersey County schools, and entered the United States Navy in 1942, serving in World War II. He attained the rank of aviation ordinance turret, first class, and was honorably discharged in 1946. He married shortly after his discharge. In November 1946 he was hired by the city of Jerseyville as a patrolman for the police department.
He was elected Jersey County sheriff in 1949, serving one term, then was elected Jersey County treasurer. He served in that capacity for three years before he was asked to serve as chief of police for the city of Jerseyville, a position he held for 23 years before retiring in 1980. He began serving as a security officer for Jersey State Bank in 1982, and in April 1983, once again served the citizens of Jerseyville, being elected as the city's mayor, serving the Jerseyville community for three terms.
A very community-minded individual, he served on many clubs, committees and organizations, including the First United Methodist Church, the Fieldon Masonic Lodge, where he served as master in 1969, and the board of directors of the Piasa Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was president of the Jerseyville Jaycees in 1956. He was a lifetime member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, serving on the executive board for 10 years, a life member of the Illinois Police Association, a chairman of the Southern Illinois Police Association and advisory board member for the research center, law enforcement education at Western Illinois University in Macomb for four years. He served as chairman of the West Central Illinois Law Enforcement Commission for five years.
In addition to his wife, Luella, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Connie Blackorby of Jerseyville and Ronald and Vicky Blackorby of Columbus, Ohio; three granddaughters, Leigh and husband, Todd, McGill of Chesterfield, Ill., Shannon Blackorby of Jerseyville and Mindy Blackorby of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Bernadine Mitchell of Alton, Della Shortal of Jefferson City, Mo., and Marilyn Scott of Jerseyville; and two brothers, Sloke Blackorby of Jerseyville and Louis Blackorby of Dow.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jamie (Blackorby) Arthur; and three brothers, Cleo, Harold and Bert Blackorby and one in infancy.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. Thursday, July 10, until the 7 p.m. funeral services at the First United Methodist Church in Jerseyville. The Rev. Mark Myers will officiate. A sunset burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, with the Jerseyville American Legion Post 492 conducting military rites.
Memorials may be given to the Blessing Hospice of Greene County, Jersey County Health Department, First United Methodist Church or to Shriner's Hospital.
JERSEYVILLE - Herman Hartcourt Blackorby Jr., a previous mayor of Jerseyville, died on Tuesday.
Blackorby Jr. was 84 years old. He died at his home and had been in declining health.
He was a World War II Navy veteran and was married to Luella Carstens, who survives.
Blackorby Jr. served three terms as Jerseyville mayor and also worked as a Jerseyville patrolman and Jersey County Sheriff. He was very community minded and served on several boards.
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