MSgt. Allan Blacker (USAF Retired), age 88, peacefully left this world on January 22, 2023 in Gulfport, MS.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Isador “Joe” Blacker and Mollie Marcofsky Blacker.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; wife, Setsu Sato Blacker; brothers, Arnold Blacker, Kenneth Blacker, and Donald Blacker; and a sister Bernice Goldstein.
He is survived by his daughter Pauline Grigsby and son Walter Blacker of Ocean Springs; brothers, Paul Blacker, Mark Silverstein, and Norman Blacker; and sisters, Dolores Baron and Beverly Morris.
Allan was a kind, generous, and compassionate soul who believed that actions spoke louder than words. He would never hesitate to give someone what they needed, whether a friend or a stranger. He would have given someone the shirt off his back if he felt that they were in need. Allan was a lover of nature and a friend to animals, as well. Whether caring for his own pets or the neighborhood strays, he was diligent in his duties.
Allan was a loving husband and father who cared deeply for his wife and his children. He provided for all their needs and made sure that they had a roof over their heads and food on the table. He had a “can-do” attitude that reflected his values and could always find a way to make it work.
Allan worked hard and earned the respect of his peers and supervisors alike. He served in the United States Air Force with pride. When given a choice to serve in Vietnam or voluntarily exit the military, he chose to serve his country. After his retirement from the military, he continued working until he was forced to stop to care for his wife.
Allan was an innovator and was always tinkering around the house, working on one project or another. Among his accomplishments were a perpetual calendar and modular organizer of which he was particularly proud. In addition, he was never without a flashlight and everyone who knew him would be supplied one as well.
Allan was a shining beacon in the darkness and will be fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023 at 11 AM with visitation starting at 10 AM at Riemann Family Funeral Home, 274 Beauvoir Rd. Biloxi, MS. Internment with military honors will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery, 400 Veterans Ave. Biloxi, MS.