Robert Franklin Lancaster

September 29, 1936January 2, 2021

Robert F. (Blackie) Lancaster, 84, of Miami passed away peacefully in his home at 8am Saturday, January, 2, 2021.

He was born September 29, 1936 in Kennett, Missouri to the late Homer and Pearl Lancaster. On November 20, 1957 he married the love of his life, Dixie S. Milligan, who survives.

He had retired from Kokomo Sanitary Pottery where he was employed for 47 years and fondly known as Trigger.

Blackie was well known for his laughter, and downright famous for his practical jokes. He had an adventurous nature; he loved amusement parks, exploring caves, and road trips to see his relatives.

Above all else, he loved his family. He had wanted a dozen kids and rarely left the house without a van full of them, having “adopted” his nieces, nephews, and half the neighborhood. He spent much of his time creating life-long memories with those around him. He is deeply loved and greatly missed. Blackie is survived by his wife, Dixie; their four children, Dana Kling, Marisa (Steve) Hewitt, Robert (Denise) Lancaster, and Shonda (Randy) Machado; 11 grandchildren, Jim (Christy) Kling, Tishelle (Jim) Heckman, Elliott (Courtney) Kling, Josh Hewitt, Tiffany (Dave) Salvagnini, Tara (Aaron) Cooper, Andrew (Savannah) Lancaster, Shaina (Aaron) Creech, Deborah (Jake) Tritt, Tommie Jo Machado, and Shaylenne Machado; 16 great grandchildren, J.T., Christopher, and Katie Kling, Cameron Harris, McKenna and Marlee Kling, Faith and Kendall Hewitt, David and Dawson Salvagnini, Christopher and Annabelle Lancaster, Jareth Lancaster, and Alistir, Atticus, and Azula Tritt; along with many cherished nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Gladys Rainwater and Josephine Jansen; his brother, Lee (Rick) Lancaster; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.


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nina wold

January 5, 2021

Blackie was a fun and loving person. he and Dixie took some of my sisters and I with them on their first date. it was so much fun. he would bring his go cart to the family reunions and give kids rides. great memories. RIP Cuz

deloris milligan

January 5, 2021

I can remember when Robert and Dixie was dating and Dixie came home said Robert took her out for pizza , I said what that Dixie said it was a pie with cheese didn't sound good to me. now I can't get enough. he was a good man would do all he could to help you out. R.I.P. Blackie you will be missed Dee

Marsha Hoilien

January 5, 2021

Great memories of my Uncle Blackie. He always had a lot of children around him... Oh how he loved children. I remember him taking a lot of us kids to the theater in downtown Kokomo, to see the movie Old Yeller. As you can imagine at the end of the movie most of us children were crying... Uncle Blackie was behind us... teasing us... boohoo. Always teasing and making practical jokes. But most of all, we had a lot of fun times with Uncle Blackie and great memories.

Joanne Jansen

January 5, 2021

I have heard a lot of stories from Ben and Mike, that he would Ask them if they wanted ice cream and he would just drive around the ice cream place. I think that is how it went. He really loved kids. RIP Uncle Blackie.

Kimberly (Cates) Nelson

January 5, 2021

One summer great Uncle Robert and family came to visit, and he went to the donut shop and bought a dozen of every kind because he wanted to make sure everyone got what they wanted.

Mike Milligan

January 5, 2021

I could say that Blackie was one of a kind and there will never be another one like him, but I see a little bit of him in all of his kids. I have over 60 years of memories of Blackie. All of them are good.

Deborah Tritt

January 5, 2021

This is grandpa and my oldest who's turning 5 this year. When Alistir was a baby I got sick and sent him with my mom (Shonda) so I didn't get him sick due to him being a preemie. And they picked grandma and grandpa up to eat breakfast. Alistir completely adored grandpa. All my kids did. I'm glad they got to know him.

Shaina Lancaster-Creech

January 5, 2021

Grandpa spent so much time creating memories with us that it's hard to think of just one or two to share, but one activity that sticks with me was when I was a kid he built my grandma flower beds and would let me help. I probably spectated more than anything, but he let me hammer some nails and it really made me feel like I was a part of it. I remember a lot of times where he was working on projects and I was with him.

I also remember that we would go to the store all the time and almost every time he would take me to pick out a board game. I think he really fostered my love for them, and now I'm building an impressive collection of games for Jareth, Aaron, and myself.

Grandpa will always be in my heart, and in the hearts of all who knew him.