Charles Robert Blackard, 92, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at River
Oaks Health Campus in
He was born
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Nancy Blackard of Princeton; daughter, Christa Jo Haugh and husband Dick of Princeton; grandson, Robert K. Compton and his wife Andrea and great granddaughter, Cayla Jo all of Fishers; sister-in-law; Lois Smith of Patoka and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles retired from Emge Packing Company in
He graduated from
Charles enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force during W.W. II and volunteered to be a bomber pilot. He flew 53 missions in the Pacific Theater. Crew members from the local VFW tell of wanting to be on Charles' plane because they could count on him getting them home. He was known to have brought several planes back with gaping holes in their sides.
Funeral services will be
Visitation will be from until service time on Friday at Colvin Funeral Home. Military rites at the graveside will be provided by VFW Post 1147.
Charles was one of the favorites of the staff of River Oaks, where he resided for the past five years. The family is appreciative of the care and compassion shown by the employees of River Oaks and Southern Care Hospice.