Michael Wayne Blackford, age 74, of Warsaw, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, unexpectedly at home.

He was born on June 17, 1946, to Robert and Frances Smith Blackford in Warsaw. On May 22, 1992, Michael married Carolyn Sainer. She survives.

Michael is survived by his wife, Carol; six children: Shannon (Doug) Dirck, of Warsaw; Rob Blackford, of Warsaw; Heather (Josh) Drudge, of New Paris; James Skeans Jr., of China; Gretchen (Phil) Melnick, of New Jersey; Elizabeth (Aaron) Corcoran, of Michigan; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Anne (Herb) Bailey, of Warsaw.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In keeping with Michael’s wishes, a private cremation committal will take place.

Arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Funeral and Cremation Services, Warsaw.

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Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-fcs.com.