|Gary Blackburn (#47770508)|
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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.