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Kevin M. Blackwell

January 28, 1980 ~ January 30, 2022 (age 42)


Kevin M. Blackwell, 42, died peacefully in his sleep at his home on January 30, 2022. Born in Winfield, IL on January 28, 1980.  Beloved husband of Eileen (Collins), loving father of Samantha Kristen, cherished son of Karen and Tom Blackwell, Brother of Virginia Conti, “Brother” of James Rio, Brian Conti and Neil Gunsteen. Licensed Paramedic and proud Firefighter with the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company for 16 years, formerly of the Sugar Grove Fire Department. 1998 Glenbard West Graduate, 2015 Graduate of Northern Illinois University, and 2003 valedictorian of the Christ Hospital Paramedic Training Program.  Accomplished Master and TriMix Scuba Diver. Loved paintball and was passionate about Halloween and setting up a haunted house in his yard and garage for his community.  His greatest privilege in life was helping other people.  Leaves behind an immense community of “family” and friends who loved him.

Visitation will be on Friday, February 4th from 3-8 PM with a Fire Department Walkthrough at 8 at Leonard Memorial Funeral Home (630-469-0032), 565 Duane St. Glen Ellyn, IL .

Funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 5 at 10 AM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave. Wheaton. The mass will be livestreamed via
Interment will be private. 
In Lieu of Flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association,, or any group that supports Juvenile Diabetes Research or assists firefighters and their families are welcome.  

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February 4, 2022

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Leonard Memorial Funeral Home & Cremations
565 Duane Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Funeral Mass
February 5, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Michaels Church
310 S. Wheaton Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

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