Ivan L. Blackburn, age 81, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away October 28, 2011, at Community Springs Healthcare. He was born December 15, 1929, to Alvia and Orpha (Allison) Blackburn, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ivan was raised from an early age in the Montana State Training School. He lived there until it closed in the late 1970ís. He met and married Sandy Nichols in 1981. When she passed away in 2001 he moved to Missouri to be near his brother and a sister.
He worked for a time as a janitor at Friendship House Care Facility.
Ivan loved flowers and enjoyed gardening. While a resident of Community Springs Healthcare he continued to plant a garden on the grounds as long as his health permitted.
Ivan is survived by one brother, Buster Blackburn and wife Marge of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; two sisters: Roberta Ellenwood of Goodman, Missouri, and Betty Flowers of Collins, Mississippi; and other relatives and friends.
No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.