Rev. Ross Blackstock died May 12, 2013, at his home in Hotchkiss. He was 88.
Rev. Blackstock was born in Gunnison April 27, 1925, to Joseph and Ruth Blackstock. He graduated from Gunnison High School. At age 19 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific during World War II and in Japan during the occupation.
He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy in 1950. He was a pharmacist for 21 years and owned Blackstock Pharmacy in Gunnison from 1953-1971. He served on the Colorado Board of Pharmacy for six years.
He married Virginia Arnott in St. Louis June 13, 1953. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this year.
Rev. Blackstock moved with his family to Rogers Mesa in 1971 where he became an orchardist. He was awarded Apple Grower of the Year in 1987.
He received a doctor of divinity degree from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1976. He served as a priest in the Episcopal church at St. Paul's in Vernal, Utah, St. Michael's in Rangely, at a Ute Indian church and at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexander City, Ala. The family returned to Rogers Mesa in 1981. Rev. Blackstock continued to serve churches during the following years, pastoring at Church of the Nativity in Grand Junction from 1987-1992, St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Paonia and St. John's Episcopal Church in Ouray.
Rev. Blackstock served with Marriage Encounter across the United States for 12 years, was a clergy team member of Cursillo weekends and Kairos weekends (a prison ministry at Delta Correctional Center), was on the DMEA charitable trust board from 1998-2003 and on the Delta County Library board for eight years.
A celebration of life and Holy Eucharist service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 20, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Delta.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Hotchkiss; daughters, Susan Blackstock of Hotchkiss, Kathleen Barrett of Ecuador and Julianne Garton of Montrose; son, Brian Blackstock of Red Cliff; sister, Joyce Elliott of Magnolia Springs, Ala.; three grandsons; and three granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Anne Allen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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