David W. Blackford, age 74, of Lamar, peacefully passed away Friday afternoon, March 23, 2018, surrounded by family in his home.

     Dave was born October 20, 1943, in Barton County, Missouri, son of the late Ray and Viola (Pennell) Blackford. He graduated from Golden City High School in 1961 and began a career as a truck driver, with most of the countless miles accumulated from daily or nightly Kansas City runs. In addition to working for a time at Thorco, he owned and operated Dave’s Dry Cleaning for seven years. Selling his business and retiring in 1997 gave Dave more time for hunting, fishing, and, his favorite pastime, camping and boating with his family at Stockton Lake. A great day for Dave would include a few hours on his 1961 Allis Chalmers at the family farm. He was an active member of Lamar United Methodist Church.

     On June 20, 1980, in Lamar, Dave married the love of his life, Becky Robertson and she survives, of the home. Also surviving are his children, Carla (Kurt) Swartz, Lamar, Tim (Michelle) Blackford, Oronogo, Missouri, Michael Blackford, Lamar, and Megan (Doug) Stefan, Golden City, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Bethany, Elly, and Lyndey Swartz, Garrett, Madeline, Jaxon, and Nolan Blackford, Cody, Gabriel, and Levi Stefan; sisters-in-law, Judy Loch, Oswego, Illinois and Sandy (Earl) Karas, Warrensburg, Missouri; a large extended Blackford and Pennell family; and many friends.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 27th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday.   Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.


#27 Springfield, MOKeith and Coralie Le 2018-04-13 15:37
Becky, our prayers are with you. Good memories.
#26 Springfield, MOCyndi Davison 2018-03-29 13:35
I just wanted you to know I am so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. I am praying the good memories will be a comfort in the weeks and months ahead.
#25 springfield, mophyl rohlfing 2018-03-28 10:06

Sorry to read about Dave this morning. You two shared a great life together. It isn't easy when you lose your sweetheart, but you were blessed with a wonderful family and great memories! God Bless
#24 Quincy, CASarena Barker 2018-03-27 15:36
Becky, I am terribly sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#23 Pataskala OHBrian Moore 2018-03-27 14:10
Becky, I am so sorry to hear of you loss.
#22 Eureka Springs, ARTerry Martin 2018-03-27 13:33
Dear Becky - I was very saddened to hear of David's passing. Last weekend I was thinking I really need to email and check in on you. Will do a better job of keeping in touch old friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
#21 Rolla, MoAny Giddens-Lyons 2018-03-27 13:22
I’m so sorry to hear of David’s passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
#20 Independence, MoJane Loch McQueen 2018-03-26 21:02
Becky just wanted to extend our sympathy to you and your family.
#19 Neosho, MoKenda Rowley 2018-03-26 18:51
I’m so very sorry for your loss, Michael. Prayers going up for you and your family to find comfort.
#18 Bella Vista ArkansasDorothy/Hurst/Miller 2018-03-26 18:05
So sorry for your loss we went to Kenoma and Lamar School together lots of childhood memories and his mother was our Sunday School teacher we called her Viola had a lot of laughs and enjoyed growing up with David our group was so small we were more like brothers and sisters when we were together a great friend so sorry I moved away and have not kept in touch over the years. I also drove a truck over the road with my husband. Now retired and they call me the Cemetery Lady in Benton County Ark. and I volunteer at the Bentonville Library helping people in Genealogy.

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