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“Together. I am glad Ray and Delores are together. Growing up 2 doors down from the Blackards, they have always been part of my life. I will miss Ray...Read More »
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“Mona, Bennett and Cindy-Your dad was a kind and gentle man that always welcomed me when I came over. I will always credit him with the fact that I...Read More »
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STERLING – Raymond F. Blackard, age 96, died Monday, September 27, 2021 at The Citadel of Sterling.

Raymond was born in Spring Valley Illinois on August 25, 1925, the son of Frank and Mary Blackard. Raymond was a World War II veteran and served in France in 1944 and 1945. Raymond married Dolores Dezutti on August 29, 1953

Raymond's education includes a Bachelors Degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Masters Degree in social work from the University of Louisville.
He worked as a social worker for the Sterling school district until his retirement.
Survivors include 3 children, Cynthia Dale (Sterling), Ramona Stone (Ft Collins, CO), and Ben Blackard (Sterling). They also had 5 grand children, 11 great grand children, and 5 great great grand children.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There are no services. Arrangements were completed by the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.