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.