Edward D. Blackburn M.D.

July 06, 1941 ‒ December 08, 2016

Fredericktown, Ohio

Edward D. Blackburn, M.D., 75, of Fredericktown, Ohio, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born on July 6, 1941, in Mount Vernon the son of John Boyd “Si” and Anna Eileen (Mason) Blackburn. 
Eddie earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  In 1969, he earned his Masters of Science degree and in 1973 Eddie attained his PhD. and M.D. from the Ohio State University.  Upon graduation, he served his residency at Grant Hospital and Ohio State University Hospitals.
Eddie served as a doctor for numerous hospitals, including Ohio State University Hospitals, Grant Hospital, Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon Developmental Center and his own private practice, the Village Clinic, in Fredericktown.  He also served as the Knox County Coroner from 1977 to 1992. Through the years, Eddie took great pride in the care of his patients.
Professional organizations that he belonged to include the American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American Medical Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio State Coroner’s Association and American College of Forensic Examiners. Eddie was also a member of Thrall Lodge #170 F&AM.
Eddie was recognized for numerous awards, including: Fellowship in Epilepsy, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Hartford Fellow, Fellow American College of Angiology, Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners and Man of the Year in Knox County for 1976.  He currently served on the Knox County Senior Citizens Advisory Board, Muir Committee with the State of Ohio MR/DD, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for the State of Ohio, Knox Community Hospital Explorer Scout Group where he served as Co-Director and Knox Community Hospital Executive Committee.  Eddie previously served as the Chief of Staff and President of Knox Community Hospital.
Eddie is survived by his son Christopher Blackburn of Fredericktown; a daughter, Alison (Nathan) Misencik of Parrish, Fla; two grandchildren, Brady Misencik and Bailey Misencik; and former wife Diane Blackburn.
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Fredericktown First Presbyterian Church, 17 S. Main St., Fredericktown, Ohio 43019, where a Masonic service will begin at 2 pm.  A Celebration of Life service will follow.   The family will observe a private burial at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Dr. Eddie.
Memorial contributions in Eddie’s name may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio.

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. We appreciate the loving concern he gave to the community. We also had great respect for him as our family doctor! – Bill & Jan Mast

  • Fredericktown as well as Knox County has lost “one of the greats!” Doc Eddie was the best! I will be forever grateful for the care he gave to me & my children. Some years ago even at a baseball game he knew my sons history & whipped out a script pad so that he didn’t have to spend the whole wkend sick with an ear infection. I loved his directness, honesty & humor.
    Thoughts & prayers are with you all!
    Jennifer Roberts
    Emily & Levi

  • Dr. Eddie, was a wonderful Doctor. With every prescription came a joke, proving laughter was always the best medicine. Eddie was a household name in Fredeicktown. His whole life was dedicated to helping others. He will be sadly missed💞

  • I will miss Doc greatly. I have known him all my life and I always enjoyed talking with him. Doc had been our family physician for more years then I can care to remember. Caring for my wife Becky, myself and my two daughters, Leslie and Krista, has been an adventure. I take pleasure in knowing that Doc is where his pain and suffering is over but saddened that I will not get to see or talk with him again in this life. When we meet again, we have plenty to talk about.
    Rest well Doc you deserve it.

    Jim and Becky Wagner

  • So sorry for the loss of Dr. Blackburn! we will be greatly missed. Remember going to his office and he always had a joke for you. You all have Our Deepest Sympathy! RIP Dr. Blackburn!

  • To the Blackburn family,
    So sorry about your Dad. He will be greatly missed by this community. He was so good to my parents over the years. My Mom and he shared the same birthday and they had fun with it. My thoughts and prayers are with you family at this time. God bless you all.

  • To Each of You , My very deepest sympathy! Working for him for many years was such a wonderful experience – he gave endlessly to all his patients. He loved his work! May God richly bless each of you . Sincerely Vivian

  • I am sending my prayers for all the family,I have fond memories of his humor as he cared for me an my family

  • It’s truly a sad day in Fredericktown. But, knowing Eddie, he would tell us not to fret about him….he’s simply moved on to his next adventure……he had many! He was our family doctor for years, one you could have great confidence in and somehow always made “going to the doctor” a rather fun experience! What a character…..he will surely be missed by many. Fly high with John Glenn dear friend.
    Prayers to his family.

  • What can we say except the most loved and admired person in Fredericktown has left us. There will never be anyone who can take his place. He was the best. He was always humorous, friendly and in a good mood. I once asked him if he had ever been angry with any patient. Soo very sorry for your loss and for our loss. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  • Our Deepest Sympathy for the Blackburn Family, One of the “GREATS” from Fredericktown has passed. Doc was our family doctor for as long as I can remember. He always had a joke ready to make you feel better. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. R I P Dr. Edward Blackburn Sincerely Mike and Marilyn Lamb

  • I send my prayers to Ed’s family. Ed was a teammate on Mount Vernon’s very first undefeated / untied football teams of 1956 and again in 1957. He was instrumental in helping bring the teams together for our first reunion in 2008 and in 2009 to honor our Head Coach Ben Wilson at a football game where we donated a bronze plaque to the school in his honor. We have held a get-together every year since with Ed always in attendance. His jovial presence was always appreciated. We have lost another fine Yellow Jacket teammate. He will be missed.
    Chuck Shuff “Shuffie”

  • Im so sorry for your loss, i worked with him at ffp and was his medical assistant for a little while . he was such a great person and a amazing doctor. He brightened up the room with his personality and was one of a kind .he will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. What can I say that hasn’t already been said. I remember going to his house when our children were in kindergarten and we took turns taking them to school. So many fond memories.

  • What can you say about Doc Eddie? He was one of a kind and the best Doc around. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.

  • So sorry for the loss of your love one. Dr. Eddie made going to the doctor fun as he always had a joke to tell you. He will be sadly missed by many. Sending thoughts and prayers to the Blackburn family.

  • Doc…. a Fredericktown legend.. loved his sense of humor and his passion for helping others. He will be missed by many and never forgotten.

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. Many blessings and prayers Dr..Eddie always had a smile and something great to tell you, will be greatly missed.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Blackburn Family. What great memories we have, , Eddie was my very first customer when we opened our jewelry store almost 30 years ago and he also gave my son Chase his very first driving lesson letting him drive his Mercedes when he was about 7 years old,,, oh my the memories. We will always treasure them, thanks Ed.

  • Ed welcomed me to Fredericktown 25 years ago. He was smart , funny, and a terrific Doctor. I learned a lot from Ed , he cared for his patients, he was always up to date and current in his knowledge but remained a old style small town family Doc. The best of the old and the new. I’ll miss you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blackburn family at this time. So very sorry and saddened to hear of Eddie’s passing. I can’t begin to tell of all the stories of what he meant to our family, but I believe their are thousands more just like ours that can relate.

    God Bless you Eddie.

  • Chris, Alison and Diane, we are so sorry for your loss. Eddie’s death is a loss to the whole community. Even though we moved away 36 years ago our memories of Eddie as our Doctor have not faded. He was one of a kind and Fredericktown was blessed to have him. Dr. Eddie was an amazing doctor and even more amazing person. His love of Fredericktown and it’s people was unique. He had a great sense of humor and a great bedside manner which put people at ease. He was even known to make house calls, which was almost unheard of at the time.
    We will always remember him with great respect. He was a great doctor and a great friend. We offer our sincere condolences.
    Rev. Bill and Priscilla Watt
    “Billy” and “Jamie”

  • Dr. Blackburn was a great doctor to have in Our Family we have knew from Growing Up and even he was a Great Doctor my late mother Tracey had when she was sick with COPD and he was a great person and a great doctor and he was a great doctor to see when we were sick with a cold or anything happening to us especially seeing him in Fredericktown, Ohio at his practice and He will be deeply missed and Thank You for being a great doctor and a great person to me and my family

    “Rest in Peace Dr. Blackburn and my two pages, The Evan Dickerson Bluegrass Talk Show and Evan Dickerson – MacNintch (Evan Dickerson) will miss you deeply and we will always appreciate Excellent Doctors like you out there” Evan Dickerson – MacNintch (Evan Dickerson), Business Man, Talk Show Host, Interviewer, News Journalist, Activist, Musician and Singer.


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    y deepest sympathies to Diane, Chris , and Allison. I know a Drs. family makes great sacrifices while he is busy taking care of so many others. I remember Allison coming to the office with a “boo-boo”, just to get to see him. Also, Chris as a young lad coming to the office late at night and visiting with us . I can also just say “Ditto” to all of the above condolences. As both a patient and an employee, I can attest to the genuine care and concern he had for his patients .There were some days he was sicker than anyone he saw, but he would not let us cancel any appointments. I gave him a plaque stating, “THE WORLD’S GREATEST DOCTOR” and I still think that. Fredericktown truly was blessed beyond measure to have Dr. Blackburn as our very own doctor, and I know there are a lot of wonderful stories we all could share. His lifes’ work has ended and I pray God has welcomed him home , with a resounding, ” Well done, good and faithful physician.”

  • Such a bright light in our world. Such a giving, caring man. Truly one of a kind. I imagine that Heaven is having a blast right about now with one liners one after the other. How lucky we were to have him as part of the Fredericktown community.

  • Dr.Blackburn and his parents were our neighbors for several years. He could always make you laugh. He will be missed my so many. Our sincere sympathy to the Blackburn family.
    Steve & Cindy Bouton

  • I passed my 1st kidney stone in doc Eddie’s office….he said “well hell…right there is one” (in the urine sample). Then he said stop on the way home and get you a couple of those tall beers, go home and drink em’ as fast as you can and you will pass the rest. I did as my doctor ordered and passed the other two that night. Lol. Loved Doc Eddie! He has doctored 3 generations in my family. Ali was in my class in school and she is just as special as her dad! His sense of humor for sure! My heart goes out to you Ali…I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Sorry to hear of Eddies passing. He was a neighbor,growing up,a good friend and a wonderful doctor. When my Mother was in the hospital fighting terminal cancer and not eating,Eddie came in that night and asked her what sounded good. She said .”Steak”. Special Eddie called the Alcove and had them deliver a big juicy steak to her room. In all the years we knew him we have lots of memories of that special friend and doctor.
    Diane and family, my thoughts and Prayers are with you. Sorry I am not there to share your sorrow.
    Love, Nancy,Craig and Chricty Colopy

  • Diane, Chris, Allison and family: As you can see, and as you know, he was loved far and wide. No one can take his place. The memories will always be with you. Cherish them all. Love, prayers, and understanding.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of such a great man – He was my first doctor I remember going to him as a child he always made me feel unafraid and I loved his sense of humor. When I moved away as an adult and had to go to a different Doctor I found out not all docs were like him – he was one of a kind. My prayers are with you all.

  • Dear Blackburn ,
    We remember all the good times we had on the EMS float’s for the first several Tomato Show Parades. He was such a Hoot. Take care and be sure to remember all the good times and good things he did for everyone and the community. We will miss him

  • My deepest sympathy for your family. Doc Ed was my favorite doctor by far. I remember calling the office having broken my toe while I was sleeping. He just started to laugh! I asked why he was laughing? I can’t put my foot on the ground. He said you didn’t break your toe, it sounds like you have gout. He was right! Will miss him for sure. R.I.P. Doc.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family of such an admired man. As many others have said he has been my family physician since I was born. I worked with Eddie for several years and never could get over the fact that he loved scrambled egg gummies..Lol!! I learned a lot working with him and Dr. Bowers. Eddie was also a great neighbor to my parents. If Dr. Eddie didn’t” say it “or “didn’t agree” with something medical that came along in our family than whatever was being discussed had no bearing. My family has trusted his knowledge and medical practice longer than I have been alive. He leaves a legacy and there will never be another like him. Rest in peace my friend, and colleague.

    Tom Swihart Sr., Kellan Swihart, Tate Swihart, and Heather Smith-Beeman

  • Many wonderful memories of our beloved family physician and friend. Our deepest sympathy to his Family. God Bless you.

    Love heart felt prayers sent your way.
    Bradley & Robin Pugh & Sons

  • We atre never ready to let the ones we love go. He was a great man and doctor will miss seeing him around town. Prayers for all the family.

  • Dr. Blackburn was mt doctor from the day I was born 33 years ago. He saved my life more the one time in those 33 years.He was a great doctor and friend to me.I never called my Eddie he was always Dr Blackburn to me.I would like his family for shareing him to so many people.Dr.Blackburn may be gone but he will never be gone to me………. Thank you given me my life . You will be missed..

  • Prayers to the family, Doc. took over my hubbys care when Dr. Bpwers left the practice……he always had a smile on his face…..always pleasant……certainly an asset to the community…….He definitely didnt like it when things changed over to computors…… Rest in Peace Doc. Blackburn…..

  • My heart goes out to the Blackburn family. As everyone has said, Doc was truly one of a kind, dedicated to the community and his family. When I hear people say “Laughter is the best medicine” I think of Doc Eddie! When I was in nursing school, Doc sent me scrubs from Knox Community. We laughed for years about that. He stole them from laundry and didn’t look at the size. We decided that they must have been Dr. Elders because they were so big, three people could fit at the same time! Always good for a laugh. You will be missed by all who knew you!

  • Our hearts go out to you. Dr. Eddie was an amazing person and will be sadly missed by family, friends, and community. He was amazing in diagnosing a health problem and while very serious could bring a smile to us with his sense of humor. He will always remain in our hearts.

  • Indeed the loss of one a great man…I worked with Eddie for many years and will be forever grateful for his humor, friendship and guidance. My sincere condolences.






  • I first met Dr. Blackburn when he was a resident at Ohio State University Hospital, and I was a surgical patient. He found out I was from Fredericktown, and he gave me extra attention the night following my surgery. In fact, he sat in a chair all night in the corner of my room, read my magazines, and ate my chocolate candy . . and gave me breathing treatments to help me recover. When I was discharged back to my home in Fredericktown, I continued my medical care with him. Dr. Blackburn was one in millions . . . I feel privileged to have known him and to have received his excellent medical treatment.

  • 34 years ago my son was just seven when the school called and thought he had the mumps. I called Dr. Blackburn and he said to bring him right up and he would come out to the car and look at him. One look and he knew what it was. He told me to take him to get blood work done immediately and he would make arrangements for me to have him at Children’s hospital the next day. That night I called him and asked him what he thought it was. He asked me if I really wanted to know before we went to Children’s. Of course I said yes. He said he was sure it was Leaukemia. He was right! Thanks to his fast attention, Rusty is now 41. I always told him how grateful I was for saving Rusty’s life. Your Dad will be remembered as a great man!

  • So sorry to learn of his passing, and my deepest condolences to the entire Blackburn family. He will be greatly missed. Dr. “Eddie” was an original, expert and practical professional, who in his inimitable way, dispensed medical attention wrapped in wisdom with tremendous ease and his unique brand of down-to-earth humor. He was my boyhood doctor while growing up in Fredericktown, and his knowing smile and confident bedside manner will not be forgotten. As they do their good works, Angels sometimes catch colds and crimp wings – Heaven will mend so much FASTER with Dr. Eddie’s capable doctoring!

  • As my mother stated, I am thankful to be alive because of Dr. Blackburn. He was a great man and I still remember going into his office as a child. My thoughts are with his family during this time. He will be missed but surely remembered.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time!! Can’t think of anyone who didn’t love Doc! Always loved it when Doc & Merle Tucker would join us for dinner with Dick & Amy Walters! Always knew we were in for an extremely entertaining evening & enjoyable experience! Am sure Doc, Merle, Dick & Amy are having a grand time in Heaven! God Bless your entire family!

    Jon & Janice Ketter

  • Sorry to hear about his passing. I’m sure he will be greatly missed- I would be safe to say he probably saved my life his humor and patient will be greatly missed. He was a great man and another legend of Fredericktown.
    Bob Bryant

  • What can I say about a teammate and a classmate that has not already been said?
    We worked hard together back over 60 years ago on the football field of Mt. Vernon High School and were members of the greatest of all football teams that came out of Mt. Vernon. He was my Doctor when I lived for a short while on Green Valley Road at the turn of the century and I enjoyed knowing him then. Always had a lot of respect for him and have a lot of memories from knowing him.

  • Sincerest condolences to all the Blackburn clan on Eddie’s passing. The last of the ol’ boy family Dr’s is now gone from our area. I just be he and Doc Schmidt are having a round, looking down at all of us and pointing. Rest well Eddie!

    Fred Lewis

  • Doc Eddie will be missed by so many, he touched so many lives. He was my dad’s doc back when he began his practice in Fredericktown and they shared a frog collection. Have fun in heaven with all your old patients and friends!
    Karen Singrey

  • We are sorry about the passing of Doc Blackburn who was an amazing doctor. His dedication to the Community and sense of humor will always be remembered..

  • Our son Glenn, about 25 at the time, went to the Doctor for what proved to be a wart on the tip of his tongue. After he gave Glenn the name of an oral surgeon and an eventual cure, like the great doctor he was, the visit would have been forgotten. But his advice on the prevention of a recurrence will live in our family forever. Goodbye to a good man

  • Deepest sympathy to the Blackburn family. Eddie was truly a great doctor. Loved to hear his stories when we would go to an appointment. Always,smiling and helping everyone. He will be greatly missed. He cared about his community and his community cared about him.
    Rest in peace Eddie.

    The Jim Bryant Family

  • Dr. Elder sends his deepest sympathy to the family and friends and his regrets for being unable to attend the funeral.
    Much has been said about what a great man Dr. Blackburn was, so he will just agree and miss him, along with everyone else whose life he touched.

  • Our deepest sympathy to you Allison and all your family. He was a great man and will be missed greatly by everyone who’s life he touched. Dad and him are having quite the party in heaven I’m sure.

  • Eddie was a terrific physician, who often would accurately diagnose someone from across a room! His good humor, along with the trust we had in him, always made it easy “to go to the doctor “! The love he had for his profession, his patients and this community was undeniable. Our sincere sympathy to all of his family, he was one of a kind! Brad and Barrie Fearn

  • Dr. Eddie was an institution. He was an amazing diagnostician. Even my children
    remember their doctor visits with such positive thoughts. He will be missed, but we are all better for having known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • My sincere sympathy to the Blackburn family in their loss of a man who was so respected and loved that the memories will always be there.