Paul E. “Mr. B” Blackburn, age 83, of Elkhart Lake (formerly of Plymouth), passed away late Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 6, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at the home of his daughter in which he had been residing for the past 15 months.

He was born July 21, 1931 in Winona, Minn., a son of the late Carl and Catherine (Fitzpatrick) Blackburn. He attended Winona grade schools in Minnesota and graduated from Cotter High School in Minnesota in 1949.

Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad in Minnesota for many years.

On April 7, 1956, Paul married Mary Jo Krenzke at St. John Catholic Church in Winona. The couple resided in Minnesota after their marriage, moving to Plymouth, Wis., in 1966. Mary preceded him in death May 7, 2013.

He was employed as a machinist for Gilson Brothers Lawn Boy Co. (now known as Toro Co.) in Plymouth for many years retiring in 1992.

Paul coached the Plymouth Orange Pee-Wee League for 29 years and enjoyed every minute of it and loved those kids like his own. He was the first person inducted into the Plymouth Youth Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1994.

He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include two sons, David (Donna) Blackburn of Sheboygan Falls and Roger Blackburn of Milwaukee; four daughters: Karen (Ron) Wright of Two Rivers, Linda Otte of Illinois, Debbie (Paul) Pfeifer of Sheboygan Falls and Brenda (Larry) Wright of Elkhart Lake; one sister-in-law, Sharon Krenzke of Wabasha, Minn.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.

Paul was preceded in death by one son, Douglas; one grandson, Tyler Wright; one son-in-law, Donald Otte and one brother-in-law, Charles Krenzke.

Funeral services were held Sunday evening, Aug. 10, at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Fr. Daniel Lasecki officiated. Burial took place in Garden of Valor Veteran section at Greenlawn Memorial Park in the town of Sheboygan.

A memorial fund has been established in Paul’s name.

The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 conducted military rites at the Suchon Funeral Home following the services.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit

The family sends special thank-yous to Amber Grunewald, Roger Petrie and family, Bob Unger, Patti Weiss and Diane, and the St. Nicholas Hospice for your care and compassion given to Paul and family.

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