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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Mourns the Passing of Wayne Blake

Gerald Wayne Blake, age 88, a long time Wapella resident, passed away at Manor Court Nursing Home in Clinton, surrounded by his loving family at 12:35 p.m. January 16, 2010.

Friends may call the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. J. Kent Hickerson will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton with Military Honors.

Gerald Wayne was born in Alta, Iowa on November 3, 1921, a son of James Blake and Florence (Long) Blake. He married Ada Welch on April 3, 1948 in Clinton, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving are: three daughters: Elaine (Richard) White, of Reddick, IL; Phyllis (Tom) Cyrulik, of Clinton, IL; Sheri (Roger) Knoy, of Clinton, IL; two sisters: Bonnie Watts, of Alta, IA; Coraleen Hale, of Maroa, IL; two brothers: Oscar Blake, of Traverse, FL; Troy (Clara) Blake, of Wapella, IL.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Grandfather of eight, Great-grandfather of nine, Great-great grandfather of four.

Wayne retired from FS fertilizer in Wapella, IL and was a member of the Wapella Fire for 53 years. Wayne was a veteran of World War II and was stationed in Alaska. Wayne enjoyed being with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wapella, Clinton or Kenney Fire Departments or First Christian Church, Clinton.

All Flags Half Mast for WW2 Veteran, Wayne Blake.


EEP said...

R.I.P. Wayne. A nice man, and a fine citizen of Wapella.

Walked through Wayne's yard many summer days and nights on the way to and from my aunt Mary's.

Anonymous said...

I was Wayne's paperboy ---- great guy and the Blake's would feed me from time to time with really good cookies. bbd

JMK said...

He sure was good for keeping the greenhorns in line at the fire station with his wit, knowledge and work ethic. It definitely had an impact on me back in the early days.

HRM 72 said...

Bless his heart, Wayne never said a word when we kids plucked rhubarb off his bushes all summer long. Nor did Ada, who made the best pies ever.
They always had a smile for us.

R.I.P. Wayne.

Anonymous said...

I remember Wayne as someone who always had a quick smile. I also delivered the newspaper to him and enjoyed talking to him. He was fine man and true gentleman. My condolences to his family. Steve Rousey

Anonymous said...

I too was Wayne's paperboy for six years. He was one of my favorite customers; he always had a smile and good word. My condolences to the Blake family.


Anonymous said...

There is a special section in Heaven reserved for Firemen.

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