Melvin W. Blake 67, of 1606 Indiana St., died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at Unity Hospital.
Memorial services will be at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Ahlstrom of the Lutheran Homes will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. There will be no visitation as the body has been cremated. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Blake was born on July 11, 1932, in Fruitland, and was raised by his adoptive parents, John and Lydia Lucinda Blake. He was united in marriage to Dolores Fulton, on May 29, 1957, in Ottawa, Illinois. He worked at Kent Feeds for 15 years then retired from HON Industries after 17 years. He was a former member of the Moose Lodge. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the US Air Force and received two bronze stars. Survivors include his wife, Dolores, of Muscatine; three sons, Les Blake of St. Louis, Mo., Charles Cawley of Davenport, and Tab Blake and his wife, Joy, of Eldridge; two daughters, Karen Haller and her husband, Mike, of Grandview, and Jacque Nicks and her husband, Alan, of Waterloo; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents and one sister.
Paul E. Blake, 52, of Coralville, formerly of Wilton, died on Friday, April 11, 2008, at his home.
Graveside Service will be at the Oakdale Cemetery. The Rev. Joshua Reimche will officiate.
Visitation will be at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton.
Mr. Blake was born August 9, 1955, the son of Earl and Nina Selser Blake in Muscatine. He married Patsy L. Rife on December 29, 1973, in New Era, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 29, 1996.
He worked at HWH, Moscow, Iowa, until he retired due to his health.
He enjoyed NASCAR, model cars, fishing and the outdoors. Above all, his family was the most important part of his life.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his daughters, Paula Blake of Coralville, Jennifer Blake of Coralville; his sons, Jerry Blake and wife, Kim of Springville, Iowa, James Blake and wife, Joani Blake of Sherrard, Illinois, and Cassidy Blake and wife, Michelle, of Coralville; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Carol Richetts and husband, Lonny, of Davenport.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sister Elma Foor, his grandson, Johnny Blake.
Edwin John Blake, 96, Mechanicsville, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Mechanicsville Nursing and Rehab from complications of pneumonia.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mechanicsville.
The Rev. Eugene Benda and Rev. David Hitch will officiate.
He was born July 28, 1910, in Noble County, Ohio, the son of Fredrick Blake and Anna Elizabeth (Noll).
He married Hazel Reona Carr, on Feb. 25, 1933 in Mechanicsville.
He attended school in Ohio.
He was a farmer in Cedar County and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church.
He was a past Farm Bureau member and a past Co-op member.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Mary Ellen Ford and husband, Ronald of Loveland, Co., and Carolyn Cook and husband, John of Tipton; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a brother, Harry Blake, Baring, Wash.
He was proceeded in death by his brothers, Raymond Blake and Carlin Blake and a sister, Cornelius Cordle.
Betty M. Blake, 81, of Muscatine, died Sunday, May 29, 2005, at Genesis Hospital, East Campus, Davenport.
Funeral Service will be at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Wade Duroe of the Hillcrest Baptist Church will officiate. Casket bearers will be Scott Havel, William Havel, Jim Blake, Steven Blake, David Willett, and Jeffery Willett. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born on January 19, 1924, in Buffalo, the daughter of Leroy and Grace Fordman Preston. She married Harold W. Blake on April 17, 1943, in Muscatine, Iowa.
She worked at HJ Heinz Company retiring in 1971.
She loved dancing, her family, her dogs and her flowers.
Survivors include her husband, Harold W. Blake of Muscatine; two sons, Gary L. Blake and wife, Rita, and Donald W. Blake, all of Muscatine; one daughter, Linda A. Havel and husband, Richard, of Muscatine; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Kimball of Warrensburg, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Donna M. Edwards, two brothers and three sisters.
Jesse N. Blake, 83, of Muscatine, died Thursday, November 4, 2004 at his home.
The Rev. Jerry Foote of the Mulford Evangelical Free Church will officiate. Casket bearers will be Jeff Blake, Jayson Blake, Jon Blake, Joshua Blake, Jeremy Blake, and Jana Blake. Honorary bearers will be Adam Starkweather and Mike Esmoil. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
He was born January 3, 1921, in Muscatine, the son of Jesse and Maude Tucker Blake. He married Helen Baars on November 12, 1942, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Mr. Blake served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He worked at Muscatine Pearl Works, the Corps of Engineers, Roach and Musser Millwork, and he retired in 1983 after 37 years with G.P.C./Kent Feeds.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge #388.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of Muscatine; two sons, Jack Blake of Muscatine and Tom Blake and wife Debbie of Muscatine; six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Ahlf of Muscatine and Wilma Huffman of Muscatine.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and five sisters.
Justin Leo Blake, 60, Letts, died Friday, July 2, 2004, in Omaha, due to a sudden illness.
Services are at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home, Columbus Junction. The Rev. Cathy Whitlatch will officiate. Casket bearers are Scott Blake, Rodney Kulhers, Bill Hinman, Ron Swailes, Jay Kemp, and Clifford Kruger. Burial will be at Letts Cemetery with full military rites. After the burial, a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Columbus City.
He was born Jan. 14, 1944, in Letts, the son of Madeleo and Ruth Fowler Blake. Later in life he lived with his adoptive parents Hall and Edith Lessman Estle. He married Martha Everett Aug. 6, 1999, in Hesperia, Calif.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from Nov. 14, 1961, until Oct. 14, 1964.
He was an owner-operator of his semi truck for many years and worked for Warren Transport, Waterloo.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the VFW in Columbus Junction. He enjoyed fishing and drinking coffee while he visited with friends and family.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Scott Leo Blake of Muscatine; two daughters, Kelly Jo Blake of Grandview and Jeanine Krueger and husband, Clifford, of Letts; a stepson, Daniel Alford and wife, Barbara, of Redlands, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Joanna Lee Dombey and husband, Andrew, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., and Laura Ann Alford of Cedar Rapids; four sisters, Jolynn Blake of Cedar Rapids, Jackie Kemp of Grandview, Janet Griffith and husband, Dick, of Letts and Julia Humphries of Fruitland; 15 grandchildren; and life-long friend, Bill Hinman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; adoptive parents; a daughter, Kimberly; a brother, Warren Blake; and his first wife, Judy Neipert.
Ollie Frederick Blake, 68, Letts, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City.
Services are at Letts Cemetery. Burial will be at the cemetery. A luncheon will be served at the Letts Community Center, Letts, IA. immediately following the graveside service.
Visitation is Nichols Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Crematory in Muscatine.
He was born Oct. 26, 1934, in Muscatine, the son of Ollie Theodore and Dorthy May Zimmerman Blake. He married Eddie Sue Thompson June 25, 1958, at Bellaire, Texas.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served from October 1953 until July 1957.
He was retired from M&M Ford in Muscatine.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Steven Blake, Anthony Blake and wife Misty, all of Muscatine, and Greg and his wife Darla Blake, Wapello; one daughter Cindy Woodruff and her husband Stephen, Muscatine; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Stanley Blake; and three sisters, LaVella Edgington, Lois Jean Smith and Joyce Reid.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Pearl Blake, 97, formerly of Letts, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, in California.
Services are pending at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home, Columbus Junction
Warren Blake, 65, of Milton, formerly of Letts and Muscatine died Saturday, April 6, 2002, of an apparent heart attack.
Graveside services are at Letts Cemetery, Letts, with Military Rites.
Visitation is at the Stacy-Lewis Funeral Home, Columbus Junction.
He was born May 14, 1936, in Muscatine County, the son of Madeleo and Ruth Fowler Blake. He married Delores Whittaker Oct. 25, 1959, in Letts. They later divorced.
He was an U.S. Army veteran.
He worked at Muscatine Power and Water for many years.
He loved to dance to Big Band Music. He always had a story to tell, something to trade or sell you.
Survivors include two daughters, Tracie Miller and her husband, Marty, of Batavia and Jackie Blake of Milton; two stepchildren, Larry Whittaker and his wife, Linda, and Rick Whittaker and his wife, Rose, all of Muscatine; a stepson-in-law, Jesse Moore of Muscatine; nine grandchildren; four sisters, Jackie Kemp of Letts, Janet Budds and her husband, Mike, of Las Vegas, Nev., Julia Humphreys of Fruitland and JoLynne Fuller and her husband, Steven, of Columbus Junction; and a brother, Justin Blake of Letts.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepmother, Ileane Blake; a sister, Judith Blake; and a stepdaughter, Sally Moore.
Florence M. Blake, 86, of 1609 Indiana St., died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Unity Hospital.
Graveside services will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Rev. Kenneth Harden will officiate. Pallbearers will be Nathan Bowstead, Bruce Plett, Brian Plett, John H. Doak, Jerry Jerrel, and James Vogt. Honorary bearers will be Jacob Stegall, Zachariah Foor, John Beaird, Kenneth Miller, Steve Ramos, and Rosendo Ramos Jr.
Visitation will be at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.
She was born on Feb. 28, 1915, in Muscatine, the daughter of Harry and Clara Niles Burzell. She married James Blake on Oct. 7, 1932, in Aledo, Ill.
She was a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include four daughters, Rosemary Bowstead of Muscatine, Judy Doak and her husband, John of Muscatine, Barbara Plett and her husband, Alvin, of Wilton, and Phyllis Jerrel and her husband, Robert, of Des Moines; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Emily Vogt; one granddaughter, Marilyn Sue Vogt; one sister; two brothers; and a nephew.
Harold Austin Blake Jr., 52, of Champaign, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at his residence.
The Rev. James McClarey will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Champaign.
Memorials may be made to Mills Breast Cancer Institute.
He was born Aug. 19, 1955, the son of Harold A. and Mary Steckman Blake Sr.
He married Vicki Stika Nov. 20, 1992, in Urbana, Ill.
He graduated from Muscatine High School, Muscatine Community College and earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Iowa.
He was the vice president of the vinyl division of Jeld-Wen in Klamath Falls, Ore.
He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife; his parents; two sons, Thomas Blake of Macomb, Ill., and Jared (Lacey) Busboom of Rantoul, Ill.; two daughters, Caroline Blake and Lindsey Busboom of Champaign; two brothers, Kerry Blake and Brian (Jennifer) Blake of Muscatine; and a sister, Becky Blake of Muscatine.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Blake.
Sabrena A. Gray Blake, 32, of Durant, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at her home.
Graveside services will be at Durant Cemetery. The Rev. Sharon Phillips will officiate. Pallbearers will be Robert Jones, Vandy White, Bradley Honts, Chris Everhart, Bobby Roush, Kirk Kleindolph, Cassidy Blake, and E.J. Blake.
Visitation will be at Bentley Funeral Homes in Durant.
She was born on April 6, 1968, in Muscatine, the daughter of Barry and Billie Linder Hayes. She married Paul E. Blake on Oct. 14, 2000, in Wildcat Den.
Survivors include her father, Barry Hayes and his wife, Tami, of Davenport; her mother, Billie Whitmore and her husband, Karry, of Stockton; her husband, Paul Blake of Durant; two daughters, Mikiala Upshaw and Casandra Upshaw, both of Durant; two sons, Johnathon Upshaw of Durant and Zephaniah Gray of Texas; five stepchildren, Jerry Blake of Cedar Rapids, Paula Blake of Durant, E.J. Blake of Atalissa, Cassidy Blake of Durant, Jennifer Blake of Durant; grandmother, Betty Hayes of Wilton, a brother, Barry ''Dean'' Hayes of Wilton; two sisters, Teri Hayes and Alisha Hayes, both of Cabool, Mo.; three stepsisters, Toni Whitmore of Stockton, Kelly Brown and Stephanie Thomas, both of Davenport; two stepbrothers, David Ross of Florida, Johnathan Thomas of Davenport; a step grandchild, Suzan Blake.
Mary Louise Steckman Blake, 71, died peacefully in her sleep at mid-afternoon Monday, September 15, 2008, at her home in Muscatine after a courageous fight against multiple illnesses.
Service will be at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. The Rev. Paul Ostrem of the Zion Lutheran Church will officiate the services. Pallbearers will be Randy Lear, Al Church, David Church, Doug Chalupa and nephews Tim and David Steckman. Burial will be at Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the interment a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Community Room.
She was born December 1, 1936, in Muscatine, the daughter of Grant and Mildred Steckman. She was a member of the 1954 Muscatine High School 'Class of Champions'. She married Harold A. Blake Sr. on July 18, 1954, at Musserville Methodist Church and they celebrated their 54th anniversary this year.
Early in their marriage she worked as a proofreader and business office assistant at the Muscatine Journal, from where her husband retired in July 1992 after 40 years.
Mary left work to be a stay-at-home-mom. She valiantly battled health problems the past 16 years — including a nearly fatal heart stoppage in April 1992 and pancreatic cancer, diagnosed in 2002.
She was a life-long Muscatine resident who dearly loved and was extremely dedicated to all her family. The Steckman family had a strong athletic background and she helped instill the same love of sports in her children. For more than 50 years she was a familiar fan at all kinds of Muskie and Muscatine Community College athletic events with her family.
Playing bingo with family and friends, doing crossword puzzles and cheering for her granddaughter’s River City All-Stars and coupon collecting were among things she enjoyed.
Surviving are her husband; two sons, Kerry and his daughter, Brandi, and Brian and his wife, Jenny, and their two children, Bailey and Owen; a very special daughter, Becky, who lived with her parents, and her daughter, Heather Blake DeLong, whom Mary helped raise, and Heather’s husband, Stacy DeLong and their daughter, Stella Grace, Mary’s only great-grandchild, all of Muscatine; daughter-in-laws Vicki Blake and Jennifer Blake and her children, Caroline, all of Champaign, Ill. and Tom of Florida; a brother, James Steckman and wife, Grace, and three sisters, Audrey Embry and Judy (Mrs. Jon Ericson), all of Muscatine, and Jane (Mrs. Cleve Reifert) of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were two sons, Mark, stillborn on August 10, 1965, and Harold Jr. of Champaign, who died of cancer on December 3, 2007; her parents; and two brothers, Bob and Ron Steckman.