Constance J. “Connie” Blacker

November 3, 2023

Constance J. “Connie” Blacker, 75, of rural Colfax, died November 3, 2023 at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born October 24, 1948 in Clinton County to Lloyd W. & Imogene J. (Snell) Padgett.  She married Duane L. Blacker on June 30, 1968 at the Colfax Christian Church and he survives.

Connie was a 1966 graduate of Clinton Prairie High School, where she participated in band and the Prairie Singers. Upon marrying Duane and starting their family, Connie was a homemaker and assisted in the farming operations from running the combine to working in the hog operation where they raised breeding stock swine for Boar Power, Inc. Connie was a bus driver for the Clinton Prairie School Corporation for over 30 years, driving in the Mulberry and Colfax areas. Connie served the Perry Township community as Trustee and Deputy Trustee for over three decades. As Trustee she was responsible for the design and building of the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Station in Colfax. She was the 1980 Clinton County Sesquicentennial Queen.  She was active with her husband Duane in starting the Clinton County Antique Machinery Club and rejuvenating the Clinton County and 4-H Fair Parade in the 1980s. Connie and Duane volunteered many hours at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Connie, Duane, and their boys also traveled many miles going to antique machinery shows at Tipton, Rushville, Portland, and the Indiana State Fair. They had a love for Massey-Harris and won many awards exhibiting their tractors. They also pulled antique tractors and on many nights, Connie beat Duane. Connie was a former member of the New Hope Church and the Kings Spirit Gospel singing group singing in multiple churches and at public events in central Indiana. She has always enjoyed singing in the choir at any church she has attended. She currently attended church at Church Alive in Lafayette with her husband Duane. Connie also enjoyed going on road trips with her good friend, Connie Basham. She was an avid Purdue Boilermakers and Clinton Prairie Gophers fan. Connie never missed a sporting, FFA, or school event involving her children or grandchildren. She was the best Mamaw! The Blacker family would also like to extend sincere gratitude and thanks to Karlie, Yesmine, and Alyssa for their love of Connie.


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Visitation and Services

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 9th at the funeral home. Owen Mason and Shan Sheridan will officiate. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Colfax. Memorials donations may be made to Church Alive, 2401 S. 100 W., Lafayette, IN 47909

Survived by:

her husband, Duane L. Blacker, 3 sons: Jamason L (Shauna) Blacker of Colfax, Jeffrey L. (Shelly) Blacker of Colfax, Jerrad (Christina) Blacker of Frankfort, 2 Brothers: Michael Padgett of Colfax, Kent A. (Tammy) Padgett of rural Frankfort, 2 Sisters: Pamela (Mark) Clements of Kirklin, Bonnie L. (Randall) Sottong of Kempton, sister in law : Jackie Padgett of rural Frankfort, grandchildren: Hanna (Cam) Haynes of Colfax, Kathryn & Drew Blacker of Colfax, Brenton and Bailey Blacker of Colfax, Lauren (Justin) Martin of rural Frankfort, Jensen (Mitch) McDonald of Frankfort, Jacob & Jackson Blacker both of Frankfort, great grandchildren: Chet Haynes, Sylus & Kristina McDonald.

Preceded by:

her parents, a sister-in-law, Jill Padgett and brother, Phillip W. Padgett.


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29 Condolences for “Constance J. “Connie” Blacker”

  1. Joe Wager November 4, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    My prayer for the family. We had many good visits in the nursing home. A great sister in the Lord.

    • Amanda Thorne November 7, 2023 at 1:59 pm

      Sending prayers to all of the family. She was a great lady. I’m sorry for the loss you all suffer. She’s now at peace with no more suffering, in a much better place.

  2. Angela Hogwood November 4, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    Duane, Pam, Bethany, & Bonnie,
    May you each find comfort in knowing her beautiful soul is with our heavenly father. Sending big hugs and much love and comfort your way during this time of loss. I will always remember Connie’s laugh and her love of socializing. She put my shy personality at ease from first meeting her when I was a young teen. A big smile always comes to my face thinking of Connie.
    – much love, Angela Hogwood

  3. Ed and Jackie Smith November 4, 2023 at 8:11 pm

    Duane and family: It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Connie. We have been such good friends for so many years and raised our families together. We have so many great memories of our friendship. We know how difficult this time is for you and we know that she is at peace and with the lord. Just know that we will be praying for you all. Love and prayers.

  4. Neil Michel November 4, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss to Duane, Pam, Bonnie and rest of family, Neil Michel

  5. Shannon Venters November 4, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Mike you and your family are in my prayers. I’m sorry for your loss.

  6. Bonnie Davis November 4, 2023 at 9:20 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss!! She was dear to many.

  7. Schmitts November 4, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    Bonnie, sorry for your family’s loss.

  8. Kristy Miller (Stockberger) November 4, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    Blacker family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. I’ll always remember her at her grandkids sporting events. She was so sweet and had such a fun personality. She will be missed. Sending your family lots of love, hugs and prayers. Thinking of you all.

  9. Bill Taylor November 4, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Jerrad you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray God‘s peace for you all.

    Coach Taylor

  10. Jaime Yager November 4, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    I never met Connie but my daughter Yesmine spoke of her often. She enjoyed the time she spent with Connie, Duane and the rest of the family. She is broken and I’m so proud of her huge heart that she shares and the honorable job she does. I know Yesmine will miss her dearly as she absolutely adored her. My sincere condolences to Duane, Connie’s children, grandchildren and the community. May peace find you all knowing she’s finally resting.

  11. Morissa November 5, 2023 at 6:04 am

    My love and comfort to all of you. Aunt Connie will be greatly missed. I’m glad she’s at peace and is no longer in pain.

  12. Thomas Johnson November 5, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Saddened to hear of Connie’s passing, remembering her as a caring and happy person from our CPHS class of ’66. That she trusted in Christ and influenced so many throughout her life is wonderful to know. Duane and family, may you find your strength in Him.

    Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.
    You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.
    Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    – Psalm 73:23-26

  13. Alan Gish November 5, 2023 at 9:42 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss, been friend’s for many years.

  14. Becky Walker November 5, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all. Bless her heart, Connie never knew a stranger and was such a sweet soul. Lots of happy, fun and bittersweet memories for you all to cherish.

  15. Judy Miller November 5, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Duane and family, sincere condolences for your loss of Connie. Prayers for peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  16. Reva Wilkinson November 5, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Sorry for you loss. She was an amazing woman and loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  17. Jennifer Sledge November 5, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. I had Connie as my bus driver when I was young. My family sends our condolences.

  18. Beth and Yung Ng November 5, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss Duane and family. Your dear angel is at peace.

  19. Gerald & Pam (Goodnight) Shelburne November 5, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    Jeff & his family, We were very sad to hear of Connie passing. I pray God will put his comforting arms around you in this time of grieving.

  20. Madeline A Sanders November 5, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    To the Blacker family, my prayers and condolences to all of you. God bless

  21. Rodney Clouser November 6, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    So sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. Prayers and comfort to the Blacker and Padgett families.

  22. Dianna (Davis) Finney November 6, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Duane, so sorry for you and your family’s loss…prayers going up for your family.

  23. Donna Atkinson English November 7, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Connors passing. I know it has been years since we saw each other but it seems like only yesterday. So many things have happened since then. You and I have each lost a beloved partner but rest assured and in the faith that we will see them again!
    Your former neighbor and classmate Donna Atkinson English

  24. Jim Stewart November 7, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    So sorry to hear this Duane! She was a wonderful person!

  25. Jim and Rose Eldridge November 7, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    Our hearts hurt for you. Praying God will give you peace during this time of heart ache.
    Jim and Rose Marie Eldridge

  26. Angela and Tony Miller November 8, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Our condolences to Jerrad and Christina Blacker. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending many hugs with love.

    Angela and Tony Miller

  27. Cindy Shoup Cacy November 8, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of Connie. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Such a special lady with a wonderful smile. Prayers to all.
    Bob and Cindy Cacy

  28. Lou Fox November 19, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    I’m am so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. Bill loved your boys, and I’m sure she will be missed terribly. I will be praying for your family

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