Richard L. Blackwell, III “Rick”, went to be with his Lord Jesus on December 12, 2015. Rick is survived by his wife Michele Biller Blackwell; a daughter, Rebekah Kuller and her husband Brad; two sons, Richard IV and Robert; and one of the joys of his life, Anistyn, a granddaughter.
Rick was born on April 16, 1961, in Richmond. His parents, Dick and Becky Blackwell, quickly turned Rick into a loyal Hokie. He lived in Tappahannock, Blacksburg, Virginia Beach, North Carolina, Vienna, Greenwood SC, and then finally moving to Harrisonburg, with his parents in 1976. Rick attended Harrisonburg High School, where he played football. After graduation, he lived and worked in Israel with Project Kibbutz, a Christian organization loving and serving the Jewish people. After returning to Harrisonburg in 1980, Rick worked a few years before marrying Michele. Rick and Michele moved to Blacksburg, where he pursued a degree in civil engineering and graduated in 1988. Rick worked in Fredericksburg before joining his brother and father in forming Blackwell Engineering in Harrisonburg. There, Rick specialized in environmental engineering and focused mainly on the local poultry industry and alternative septic systems.
Rick is also survived by his parents, Dick and Becky Blackwell; two sisters, Stacey Vaughan Johnson and husband, Dr. Greg Johnson, and Ren Oliver and husband, Nate Oliver; two brothers, Edmond H. Blackwell and wife, Amy Hillsman Blackwell, and Nathan W. Blackwell and wife, Sarah Hopkins Blackwell; and 20 nieces and nephews.
Rick was a member of Divine Unity Community Church, where he joyously served.