Robert A. Blackhall of Kennett Square

Robert A. Blackhall, 74, of Kennett Square, died Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. He was the husband of Dorothy Ille Blackhall, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Minot, N.D., he was the son of Anna Maria Mayer Blackhall of Austin, Texas and the late Alfred W. Blackhall.

He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Montana State University and his master’s degree in industrial management from the University of Central Missouri.

Mr. Blackhall worked for the DuPont Company in Wilmington, retiring after 20 years of service as a senior purchasing agent.

He was active in his community, as a member of the Rotary Club of Kennett Square, and specifically his participation each year with the Kennett Run. He also served for several years, as a board member of the Glen Mills School, providing help to troubled youth.

Mr. Blackhall organized Christmas luminaries for his entire neighborhood for over 25 years, and this also included gathering and delivering supplies for everyone.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and aviation.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by four sons, Craig Blackhall and his wife Maureen of Lenexa, Kan., Brett Blackhall and his wife Pam of Stratford, Conn., Chris Blackhall and his wife Sharon of Overland Park, Kan. and Brian Blackhall and his fiancé Brandie of Felton, Del.; one brother, John Blackhall of Austin, Texas and four grandchildren.

He was predeceased by one brother, William Blackhall.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street in Kennett Square (Phone: 610-444-4116) His Memorial service will follow. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, or visit the web site at

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