Anthony L. Blackwell SMSgt USAF (Ret)

Anthony L. Blackwell SMSgt USAF (Ret)

October 22, 1956 – September 25, 2021

Age 64

Anthony Lee Blackwell was born on October 22,1956 in Detroit, Michigan to his parents Robert Lee Blackwell and Juanita Formerly Blackwell. He went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 25, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert, Sadie (Robert’s second wife), Juanita and sister, Madelyn.

Anthony Lee Blackwell was born on October 22, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan to his parents Robert Lee Blackwell and Juanita Formerly Blackwell. He went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 25, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert, Sadie (Robert’s second wife), Juanita and sister, Madelyn.

Anthony served 24.5 years in the United States Air Force and achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant before retiring in 1999. He then went on that same year to work for more than 22 years with the Union Pacific Railroad here in Omaha. He enjoyed his service time in the Air Force and at Union Pacific where he met lots of people who he enjoyed seeing every day. He enjoyed serving them and took pride in providing the best customer care. He delighted in teaching people how to do different things. He had several jobs in the military, but the one he enjoyed the most was being a flight simulator instructor in which he showed pilots how to operate and fly aircraft. He was also a low-key electrician. He was our go-to person for electrical issues and fixes on projects at home and for others. During his time at Union Pacific, he worked in IT and liked the job because he was able to meet new people, converse and help them with issues they were having at work. He couldn’t go anywhere without seeing someone he knew or striking up a conversation with a stranger and having a good time talking.

Anthony graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and his great study habits continued into his bible study time. He’d study for hours on a bible subject.

Anthony took pleasure in serving others. When he and his family relocated to Bellevue, Nebraska with the Air Force in June 1996, it was important to find a good church home for his family. Shortly after arriving, he was invited to attend Bible Truth Ministries and the rest is history. He and Renee have been members since 1996. Anthony became a part of the leadership team at BTM in 1998 as a Deacon and then an Elder until his death. He was lovingly called Elder Blackwell and some called him “Eldo” for short. He loved being a servant at Bible Truth Ministries, helping in any capacity he could, except for getting on the roof. He didn’t care for heights, so he opted to “supervise” from the ground.

Anthony (“Tony” to his siblings) loved his family. He loved being a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He liked to barbeque and sit outside on the porch during thunderstorms and tornado warnings. Additionally, he enjoyed sneaking off to the movie theater to watch the newest Marvel or D.C. Comic movie, with Iron Man being his favorite. He watched Iron Man about 20 times and knew all the dialogue. His smile was infectious and the sound of his laugh was hilarious. He had a loud high pitch laugh that you wouldn’t expect but everyone knew it was from the heart. During family get togethers everyone would share memories of their childhood and he’d laugh and laugh about some of the things they did.

The list of the things he enjoyed and his accomplishments could go on and on, but the main accomplishment was his love for Jesus. He always shared his love for the Lord in many ways, whether it was a smile, a kind word, physically helping someone or just a listening ear. He will definitely be missed by all who loved him and those whose life he sowed into.

Anthony leaves to cherish his love and memories, his wife Renee’, children: Miesha Scott-Atlanta, GA, Aisha Lomax-Studio City, CA, Renita “Toni” Closner Cody)-Gretna, NE, Renitra “Nitra” Blackwell-Omaha, NE, Arrington Blackwell-Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren: Isaiah Ross-Medora, ND, Trinity Ross-Atlanta, GA, Nora Closner-Gretna, NE; siblings: Rosalind D. Blackwell-Detroit, MI, Pastor Robert L. Blackwell-Baton Rouge, LA, Gaye L. Gathers (William)-Atlanta, GA, Sheila D. Blackwell-Detroit MI, Marlene Anderson-Atlanta, GA, Jacqueline Mitchell-Detroit, MI; mother-in-law, Naomi Johnson-Papillion, NE., and a host of family, friends and his BTM and Union Pacific families.

Homegoing Celebration: Sunday, October 10, 2:00 p.m., Bible Truth Ministries, 2402 Franklin Street, Bellevue.

Private Inurnment: Omaha National Cemetery

Military Honors: Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard

Memorials will be directed by the family.


  • Chaplain, Rev. Frank & Rev Ronda Johnson Posted September 29, 2021 6:34 pm

    Our condolences to the entire Blackwell family.

  • Beth Whited Posted September 30, 2021 5:31 am

    I have known Anthony at work for a number of years and you really couldn’t meet a nicer person. Always a smile and hello. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Rebecca Posted September 30, 2021 7:23 am

    Anthony worked at Union Pacific, and he was one of my favorite people. He always would help with IT issues, whether it was his area or not. He was smiling, generous, kind, helpful, and just an amazing person. God must have needed to promote him early!. We will really miss him here. Wishing the best to his family and friends through this awful loss – we will be thinking of you!

  • Josephine Jordan Posted September 30, 2021 12:23 pm

    Thank you for your kindness over the years. Condolences to the Family.

  • Christina Quindt Posted September 30, 2021 12:32 pm

    Anthony has helped me on occasion at work. Most recently, as he was me, we were chatting about family. He was so proud of his kids and grandkids. It sounds like there are some athletes in the family, and he relayed how much he enjoyed watching them play sports. I’m sorry for your loss. Anthony will also be missed at Union Pacific.

  • Jamie Kunzman Posted September 30, 2021 12:41 pm

    I worked the past 8 years, with the pleasure of knowing Anthony. He was the voice of reason during many trying times at work. We would often go into a conference room and talk about Jesus. He was safe and would often talk about his family. His smile is one I will never forget. My prayers are with you Mrs Blackwell and his wonderful children. May God comfort you all during this life transition.

  • Mike Coleman Posted September 30, 2021 12:52 pm

    I had the opportunity to interact with him on multiple occasions and he was always so kind and friendly. We are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.

  • Geoff Posted September 30, 2021 1:18 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Such a wonderful person and always had a smile on his face when I’d see him around the office. Praying for the Blackwell family!

  • Carrie Jensen Posted September 30, 2021 1:28 pm

    Mr. Blackwell. The epitome of kindness. My life is richer because our paths crossed at UP.

    Always a smile, kind word, and great conversations.

    He was the BEST “sneak payer” of someone else’s morning coffee and it was fun to peek around the corner when I got his.

    He could never know who it was because I certainly wasn’t the only one he surprised, he did it to everyone! He would just throw his head back, smile, look around for a second, and go on his way, greeting everyone he saw.

    Such a great man and he was proud of his relationship with his wife, children, and his faith. Holding your family in prayers for peace and may you find comfort knowing he now rests in the arms of his savior.

  • Wes Hutcherson Posted September 30, 2021 1:35 pm

    I’ve known Anthony at UP for many years. He was a very nice professional guy who always went the extra mile to help with any IT issue. It was a pleasure getting to know him over the years. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. God Bless.

  • Wilson Banks Posted September 30, 2021 2:16 pm

    I have not met many individuals with as positive a demeanor as Anthony. He was always smiling and had something positive to say. He was truly uplifting and will be missed! My deepest sympathies go to You the Family.

  • Keri Posted September 30, 2021 2:19 pm

    I knew Anthony from work and he made me smile all the time. He loved to talk about his family and the joy they brought him. He will be greatly missed.

  • Syl Posted September 30, 2021 2:22 pm

    I worked with Anthony at Union Pacific. One of the nicest people I had the honor of meeting. Every time I saw him he said hello and had a smile on his face. My condolences to all his family and friends.

  • Emily Herbek/Frezell Posted September 30, 2021 3:58 pm

    Anthony and I had an awesome working relationship. I could call him up any time I had computer issues and he would be at my desk right away. He knew about my wedding in Jamaica and We talked about how him and his wife always wanted to travel there. He always had a smile on his face no matter what and loved his family and coworkers. He will be truly missed at Union Pacific. I am thinking and praying for his wife and family during this time. Rest easy Anthony. 🙁

  • Lori Reed Posted September 30, 2021 5:08 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of his passing I will keep you and family in my prayers.

  • Janice Love Posted October 1, 2021 12:15 am

    Anthony was a bright light for everyone who met him. His smile, genuine kindness, and professionalism were. Beautiful attributes. If you knew Anthony, you loved him as he touched your life in an extraordinary way that you would never forget. We offer our deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family. His genuine kindness will be missed.. God blessed us with this Angel for many years.

  • Tracy Oliver Posted October 1, 2021 8:35 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Anthony. He was always smiling and was a pleasure to work with at UPRR He was very proud of his family and of his faith in Jesus Christ. I hope and pray for peace and rejoice that Anthony is now with the King of kings!

  • karen kay jennings Posted October 1, 2021 9:06 am

    Anthony was an amazing person and neighbor for many years. Blessings to the whole family.

    Love, Ron and Karen

  • Jacque Bendon Posted October 1, 2021 10:45 am

    I’m so sad to hear about Anthony’s passing. I first met him when I was behind him in line at the cafeteria only to find out that he had paid for my meal. It was totally unexpected and made my day. I went on to see him do that for others routinely. He was generous and humble, never once making a big deal of his generosity. His kindness touched many people and his family should know how much we enjoyed working with him. I am so sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

  • Michelle Clark Posted October 1, 2021 11:20 am

    Anthony brought a smile to my face and made each day brighter when we crossed each other’s path in the office. I enjoyed talking with Anthony and hearing the stories about his family. The love and pride exuded from him and he was a true joy to be around. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Christian Posted October 1, 2021 11:44 am

    Anthony was always smiling in the halls of Union Pacific. His positive attitude and happy nature were a pleasure to be around. Also, he was very helpful when asked to find a solution to a problem. Anthony will be missed.

  • Marla Alberts Posted October 1, 2021 12:06 pm

    I knew Anthony and his wife Renee as Renee was a Realtor in my office. Such a wonderful man he was, always smiling and encouraging. We had conversations about our kids and their sporting events. The entire family is just wonderful and I know that Tony is watching over them all still. My sincerest condolences and prayers of comfort and peace are extended to the entire family. Rest in peace Anthony!

  • Eddie Posted October 1, 2021 4:32 pm

    Mr. Blackwell welcomed me with open arms to UP. He showed me how the Railroad worked and how to conduct myself. One lesson he taught me that has served me well was that having a good attitude would serve me well as that was the only thing I can control both personally and professionally. My condolences to his family and love ones.

  • SNIGDHA GANTA Posted October 1, 2021 4:59 pm

    Anthony will be missed at Union Pacific. He is such a great co-worker, employee and most importantly the kindest individual. Always greets others with a smile and respect. Thoughts and Prayers for his family.

  • Tracey Ginger Posted October 3, 2021 9:47 am

    We are heartbroken to learn of the loss of Anthony. Our families were intertwined from Papillion youth basketball and my wife Sharon and I became good friends with Tony and Renee. Whether attending games or seeing each other at the gym, Tony was the kindest and most gentle and soft spoken spirit. Together of course we were solving the world’s problems and quietly coaching and analyzing from the sidelines. Tony was a man of great faith and we would find ourselves sharing family stories, updates and talking about how God is in control, He’s given us the ability to make choices but no matter what, He always loves us and never leaves us. Anthony was one that whenever or wherever we would see each other, it was a bright smile, a firm handshake and hug and was never just a couple of minutes conversation. He was a proud man who held up his family in the highest regard. To Renee and their children-Isaiah 41:10. To all of the Blackwell family, we send healing prayers and comforting hugs.

  • Bob Williams Posted October 4, 2021 9:26 am

    My condolences to the Blackwell family. I have known Anthony for many years and he will be missed.

  • Shawn & Kari Closner and Family Posted October 4, 2021 11:35 am

    Renee & family….our deepest condolences. Anthony was a wonderful, proud man of his family, work and so much more. His smile will be missed. We always knew how grateful Cody was to have such a wonderful father in law. It was a blessing to know him and his memory will live on.

  • Chaplains Barbara and Walter Coley, Posted October 4, 2021 11:45 am

    We were saddened by the passing of Anthony and pray God’s peace family, friends, his church. Barb and I have many fond memories of his family and the 19 years we spent as members of Bible Truth Ministries. Our Condolences to Renee and the family. We will miss knowing our friend was only a phone call away, but rejoice knowing he is in Glory. We Stand, rejoicing, that he is home with the Lord and is part of the Choir that surrounds the Throne (described in Revelations 4), and he is casting his crown before the feet of the Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray the peace that passes all understanding, and the Lord’s comfort.

  • ISAAC ARTHUR Posted October 5, 2021 8:38 am

    Anthony was the best there ever was for making anyone’s day brighter whenever we saw him. At the office, he was always willing to spend a minute or two to say hello and talk about life with me. Condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful human being with us all.

  • Kim Posted October 5, 2021 7:30 pm

    I too have worked with Anthony, for years at UP. A nicer, more pleasant person cannot be found. Not enough space to list all his good qualities, he will be missed. Gone too soon.

  • Janet Cullen Posted October 6, 2021 10:22 am

    Anthony was one of my very favorite people at work! I enjoyed my conversations with him immensely. No matter how busy he was during his day, he made time to really connect with others. I feel blessed that I was able to cross paths with him. He was one of the beautiful souls that could brighten anyone’s day. He was so proud of his family and just lit up when he talked about them. Please accept my most sincerest condolences on your loss, Mrs. Blackwell and family. The world lost a good one, but heaven acquired an amazing new angel 🙂

  • Laura Anderson Posted October 7, 2021 9:40 pm

    My deepest condolences to Renee and the entire Blackwell family.

  • William Kyle Posted October 8, 2021 2:46 pm

    Anthony & I played several basketball games @ Offutt AFB great times.. Condolence to the Blackwell family.

  • Mahendra and Kailas Patel (Chicago, Illinois) Posted October 8, 2021 6:24 pm

    Our deepest condolences to Renee and the entire Blackwell family

  • Shawna S. Posted October 8, 2021 8:21 pm

    My condolences to the Blackwell family. Anthony was such a joy to work with. He will be missed.

  • Barb Kubes Posted October 10, 2021 9:25 am

    I enjoyed working with Anthony for many years. Learned a lot from him and laughed a lot. He was a wonderful man. He will really be missed

  • Nancy Moore Posted October 10, 2021 12:36 pm

    We are unable to come to the service, today, but wanted to send our love and lots of prayers for you and your family. It has been a long time that we have seen each other, but your friendship and light remain in our hearts. ❤️🙏

  • Kelli E O’Brie Posted October 12, 2021 3:18 pm

    Anthony Blackwell, A kind gentleman that took time out of his day to spread kind words and encouragement to everyone he met. Thank you to his family for sharing Anthony with Union Pacific. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family Blackwell family.

  • Tonya Williams Posted October 15, 2021 1:22 pm

    Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal…Isaiah 35:10 Anthony was a caring person that always had a kind word or encouraging thoughts to share. May God comfort the family during this time.

  • Clint Poteet Posted October 23, 2021 1:35 am

    Anthony was one of those individuals that you only meet a few times in your life that really brighten your day and make you want to be like him. He always had a kind word to say and loved to converse. We mostly talked about softball and how proud he was of his daughters, because I have 2 of my own. We would also see and converse at the softball complex because he was there with his wife to cheer on his daughter Toni who coached and her team, while also watching some of my girls games from time to time. You will truly be missed Mr. Blackwell, prayers to the family.

  • John M. Garr Posted October 26, 2021 3:29 pm

    Anthony, my friend you’ll be missed immensely. We traded birthday greetings annually. May God surround your wife and family with comfort and peace today and always. Rest peacefully until we meet again.

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