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Jonathan Arthur Blackburn

June 14, 1998 ~ May 22, 2022 (age 23)


Jonathan Arthur Blackburn, 23, of Worthington, was born June 14, 1998, on the Blackburn Family Farm, Armstrong County, where he died on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 10:27 p.m.

He was the son of Daniel James and Sherri Lee Burkett Blackburn, and was a 2016 graduate of Armstrong High School.

Jonathan was self-employed with his father, Daniel, at Blackburn and Son Construction.  Jonathan was an excellent carpenter.  The family business was started in 1987. 

He was proud of the Blackburn Farm.  Jonny loved spending time there, and built a treehouse on the farm.

He enjoyed camping, hiking, rock climbing, repelling, skateboarding, biking, and snowboarding.  He was an avid reader, and loved photography, and playing his vinyl records and guitar.  He had a fascination with space and history, and loved to learn.

Jonny adored and loved his family and friends.

Surviving are his parents, Daniel J. Blackburn and his fiancée, Lou Ann Schreckengost of Worthington, and Wade G. and Sherri L. Burkett Shanholtz of Worthington; two sisters, Valerie Danielle Blackburn and her fiancé, Traelon Antonio Lyles of New Castle, and Hannah Mae (Brandon) Murtland of Harrisville; his nephew, Taireke Antonio Giovaughn Lyles of New Castle; his grandparents: John R. Burkett, Sr., of Chicora, Hugh and Betty J. Maillki Bonner of Worthington, and Connie J. Ford Bowser Bish of Ford City; aunt, Margaret Fleming Burkett of Chicora; uncle, Troy E. Burkett and wife, Marnie Bowser Burkett of Cranberry Township; aunt, Deana J. Burkett Nicholas and husband, John Nichols, Jr., of Grove City; aunt, Carol Johnson Cain of Stevensville, MD; uncle, Kevin Shanholtz of Worthington; aunt, Gi Gi Bonner of Ford City; aunt, Amy Bonner Mundy of Ford City; uncle, Jeremy Bowser of Ford City; cousins: Hunter, Vincent, Justin, and Faith Burkett of Chicora; Kaitlyn Burkett Hudanick and husband, Paul Hudanick of Raleigh, NC; Nathan Burkett of Cranberry Township; Jaclyn and Andrew Nichols of Grove City; and a number of other cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Also surviving are a number of great-aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by a parent, Trisha Mae Bowser Blackburn; grandparents: Merline Arthur and Eva Pearl Whealton Blackburn; Bonnie Louise Blackburn Gerheim; Barbara Lee Williams Burkett; Gary Bowser; and Bernard Bish; uncle, John R. Burkett, Jr., aunt, Martha Bonner Watterson; and cousin, Tyler Watterson.

Friends will be welcomed from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, at Welch Funeral Service, LLC, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where a service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday.  To share memories or condolences, please visit

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May 26, 2022

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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May 27, 2022

11:00 AM
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