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Mikeal Blackford Murray

Mikeal Blackford, 62, of Murray died Aug. 28, 2013, at his home near Murray.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola. Interment of his cremains was in Union Cemetery, Clarke County. Memorials may be directed to his family for a fitting tribute to be decided at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Mikeal Lee ‘Mike’ Blackford, son of Opal Maxine (Fisher) and Richard G. Blackford, was born April 12, 1951, in Des Moines.

Mike lived most of his life in Des Moines.

He served in the National Guard.

On Dec. 2, 1972, Mike married Cynthia J. Rotschafer in Des Moines.

Mike worked many years for Inland Truck Parts. He and Cindy moved to their farm north of Murray 14 years ago.

Mike is survived by his wife Cynthia Blackford of Murray; sons, Mikeal Blackford and Richard (Miranda) Blackford of Des Moines; granddaughters, Corley and Emery Blackford of Des Moines; sisters, Diane McPherson, Sue (Gary) Skinner and Brenda (Rick) Baccus, all of Des Moines; goddaughter Krystal Baccus of Des Moines; other relatives and many friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

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