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Veteran Flag Flying Tribute


Langeland Family Funeral Home is pleased to have a program where every month we pay tribute to the memory of a veteran by raising the flags at our chapels in their honor. Each chapel prominently displays a framed biography with a photograph of the veteran for the entire month, remembering and honoring the veteran and their family for service to our country. 

We at Langelands are grateful to these men and women for their sacrifice and courage and we consider it our honor to pay tribute in this way. If you or a family member would like to have a fallen veteran remembered, please contact K. Lynn McFarlen, Community Outreach Director, 269-343-1508. There is no cost or obligation. Families choosing to participate will receive a certificate and the displayed biographies of their family member to keep or share.

(Please note three of our chapels have flag poles and three do not, although the flags we raise represent all our locations.)

For past recipients see: /lgq/archived-flag-flying-tributes


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Airman Apprentice

Robert D. Blackport, Jr.

Robert was born on February 15, 1961, in Kalamazoo, the son of Robert Sr. and Barbara (Drzick) Blackport. Bob served his country in the US Navy as an Airman Apprentice. His last duty assignment was HS-6 NAS North Island, San Diego California. Robert’s service was distinguished, receiving the Navy Expeditionary Medal, and the Sea Service Ribbon. Bob loved nature and spending time outdoors, with much of his childhood spent at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory and his family’s lake and farm properties. Surviving is his wife, Debra George-Blackport; six children: Brandon Blackport, Robert Chase Blackport, David (Elizabeth) George, Scott George, Lee George, and Taylor George-Blackport; granddaughters: Josey, AvaLee, and Kailey; mother: Barb Shireman; six siblings: Diane (Jamie) Allen; Don (Robin) Blackport, Bill Shireman Jr., Lorie (Pete) VanEs, Duane Blackport, and David Blackport. Preceding him in death were his father: Robert Blackport Sr. and stepfather: William Shireman Sr.

Bob was lain to rest with full military honors at 

Mt. Everest Memorial Park, Kalamazoo, MI.

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Memorial Chapel
622 South Burdick St.
| Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Tel: 1-269-343-1508
Portage Chapel
411 East Centre Ave
| Portage, MI 49002
Tel: 1-269-343-1508
Westside Chapel
3926 S. 9th St.
| Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Tel: 1-269-343-1508
Climax Chapel
205 East Maple St.
| Climax, MI 49034
Tel: 1-269-746-4206

You are welcome to call us any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.

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