Robert Blake

Robert Harding Blake, 89, of Staples and formerly of Motley, died October 31 at his home in Staples, with his loving wife at his side.

A private family service will be held. 

Burial will be at the Motley Public Cemetery at a later date.

Bob was born on February 8, 1931, in Wadena, son of Harding and Gladys (Marvin) Blake. He was raised on the family farm in Cass County in rural Motley, graduating from Motley High School in 1949. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 until retiring after 20-1/2 years. He was united in marriage to Junette Hagenson on May 1, 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Staples. After moving back to Motley, he worked at Morey’s, was the afternoon manager at the El-Ray Café and then worked full time with the U.S. Postal Service in Brainerd, retiring from the post office after 20 years of service in 2000.

Bob was a member of American Legion Post #0124 since 1973, served on the Swan Valley Church Council and also served as an usher there.  He and Junette had been members of Faith Lutheran Church in Staples since 2002.

Bob loved the outdoors, enjoyed gardening and dearly loved his family and his country. Bob suffered a stroke in 2002 and enjoyed and loved his aphasia group in St. Cloud.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Junette; three sons, Bruce, Gary (Kelly) and Kent (Mary); six grandchildren, Anthony (Holly), Andrea, Aslyn (Nick), Amara, Tina (Aaron), Ashley (Matt); 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harding and Gladys Blake.

Arrangements are by the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel of Staples, www.brenny.com.

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