Joseph Blackburn Jr.

Joseph Irvin Blackburn Jr., 72, of Toronto, OH, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at his home.

Joe was born August 4, 1948, in Steubenville, OH, son of the late Joseph Irvin Blackburn Sr. and Bertella Lucille (Richards) Blackburn.

In August of 2010, Joe retired from the Valley Converting Paper Mill in Toronto, where he was the Plant Supervisor. He was also a member of the Toronto Fraternal Order of Eagles.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his two buddies, his dogs, Ralphie and Comso.

Joe leaves behind his wife, Donna K. (Hasting) Blackburn, whom he married Nov. 15, 1977; his brothers-in-law, James Hasting of Toronto, and William L. Hasting of Columbus, GA; his sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Scott of Toronto; and his trusty dog buddy, Oscar.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, from 1-4 p.m., at the J.E. Foster Funeral Home in Toronto, where Joe’s funeral service will be held Monday, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Kevin Rinkes will officiate and burial will follow in the Island Creek Cemetery in Toronto.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Jefferson Co. Humane Society, PO Box 233 Steubenville, OH, 43952. www.jefosterfh.com.