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Gary Blackburn (#47770508)
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Bio Photo I was born and raised along the Des Moines River in Van Buren Co. Iowa, near Selma. My parents were Bruce and Doris Blackburn. Dad and Mom both worked in Ottumwa for years. Dad worked at Firestone, and later they both worked at Carburetor & Electric. After I got out of the Air Force in 1964, I went to work for Sid Poling at Poling's Men's Store and worked there a year before moving to NC in December 1965.

I spent 25 years in the airline business, and retired again last year from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. I published my first book in May 2013 and currently spend most of my time writing and researching my next book with my co-author, Lonnie Long. My wife Myra and I have been married for 42 years and we have two sons.

I have done some research on my family history and am related to the BLACKBURN, MORRISON, COX, ANSON, RIGSBY, HOLLEN, FRANKLIN, MCINTOSH, HELLYER, PEERY, and HALES lines, among others on my father's side, mostly in Van Buren Co.

On my mother's side, some of the names are: RITZ, QUIGLEY, NOEL, DEMUTH, and DOWNING, mostly in Davis Co.
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George Andrew Toldi

I came across your note on George's Find A Grave entry in the form of a flower.

Wasn't he the nicest person??? Anyway, I had wanted to add some information to his entry that I had come across---and I found a picture of him that I have also added.

So I thought you might want to see that.

Regards from North Carolina
Added by SleepingDog on Aug 09, 2016 6:11 PM
Carl Quigley
Are you related to a Carl William Quigley?

Please answer me back through my email.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Aug 03, 2015 11:06 AM
I added Johns obit to my Find A Grave site for Calvary Cemetery just now.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Apr 06, 2012 2:08 PM
I finally found the obit but it is not very clear. I will have to try to copy and send to you as well as his memorial.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Apr 06, 2012 10:14 AM
John Link
I have him as buried at Calvary Cemetery at Ottumwa according to my burial records for Calvary Cemetery book 2 pg 17. I am adding what info that I can find.
Calvary has him and 4 other Links.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Apr 05, 2012 3:04 PM
RE: John Link's Family
I posted your Query on or Wapello County Genweb Site in hopes you can find some family. He is at find a grave as you probably already know. I am searching his obit now and will get back to you after I get it posted. Also a Donna Link died during this 1968~1970 period.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Apr 05, 2012 1:08 PM

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