Stanley Blacker

Stanley Blacker

WHITE HEATH — Stanley L. Blacker of White Heath passed away Saturday (Sept. 15, 2018) after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Stan was born Dec. 9, 1950, in Monticello, son of John and Jeanette Blacker. He married Brenda Mershon in Indianapolis in 1979. They have four children, Tony (Kristin) Blacker of White Heath, Katie (Billy) Walden of White Heath, John Blacker of Vallejo, Calif., and Andrew Blacker of Monticello. Stan was very active with his four children throughout his life. He was also blessed to have three grandchildren, Max and Liam Walden and Addison Blacker.

He is also survived by his stepbrother, Terry (Yvonne) Cresap of Acworth, Ga., and stepsisters, Marsha Cresap of San Diego and Sharon (Dave) Hartsfield of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Stan graduated from Monticello High School in 1969. He was a very successful athlete and his accomplishments include all-conference defensive and offensive end and most valuable lineman for the Sages. He was also captain of the Sages baseball team.

Stan graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1974 with a bachelor of science degree in education. He played for the Effingham Comets in the mid-state semi-pro league and had an impressive batting average of .317.

After college, he pursued a sales career in Indianapolis and met Brenda. They returned to White Heath to continue the family farm. Stan enjoyed sharing the importance of the family tradition with those he loved. The Blacker Farm Company is now in its 116th year.

During the 1980s, Stan was a successful insurance agent, and in the 90s, he became a registered investment adviser for AIG VALIC. In 1998, he formed B&B Enterprises, which includes Illini Oil Change, Vine Street Motors, T&B Finance and Vine Street Properties.

After retirement in 2006, Stan and Brenda enjoyed traveling often with friends and family. Stan continued to help the family businesses thrive.

A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello, with visitation immediately following until 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Our Lady of the Lake, Mahomet, with Fr. Joseph Hogan officiating. Interment will be in Monticello Township Cemetery. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.

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