- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2006

Kenneth L. Blackstone, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and former life insurance executive, died Nov. 3 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after suffering a stroke at his Rockville home Oct. 28. He was 97.

Born Nov. 8, 1907, in Hocking County, Ohio, Col. Blackstone graduated from Bexley High School in Columbus in 1925.

After working in public relations, radio and the life insurance industry in Ohio, Col. Blackstone received a direct commission into the Army Air Corps in 1942.

During his military career, he served in various overseas and stateside assignments as a logistics specialist, and later served in the Office of Special Investigations as an assistant district chief.

He retired from the Air Force in 1960 as a lieutenant colonel.

In 1960, Col. Blackstone returned to the life insurance industry and served until 1972 as executive director of the Tri-State Mutual Insurance Agents Association for Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware in Harrisburg, Pa.

A Mason since 1944, Col. Blackstone became a Shriner of the Zembo Lodge in Harrisburg in 1963.

In 1972, he retired from Tri-State and moved with his wife to Spain, where he served a term as president of the America Club of the Costa del Sol.

Upon their return to the United States in 1984, the Blackstones lived in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia before moving to Rockville in 2003.

Col. Blackstone is survived by his wife of 72 years, Edna A. Blackstone; sons Anthony H. Blackstone of White Stone, Va., Michael C. Blackstone of Rockville and Douglas B. Blackstone of Baltimore; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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