THOMAS WILLIAM BLAKE 80 of Bellaire, Ohio died Tuesday November 4, 2008 at the Country Club Retirement Campus IV in Bellaire, Ohio.
He was born July 2, 1928 in Marshall County, West Virginia a son of the late Florence “Biddy” and Thomas Blake.
Tom was retired from Navistar and was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire. He attended St. John’s grade school and high school in Bellaire and was a life long supporter of the Church, Schools and Athletic Depts. Tom was a star quarterback for St. John High School and was awarded the Silver Football Award for All-Eastern Ohio quarterback in 1945. Tom served in the US Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Italy and France. He returned to work as a boiler maker for the B & O Railroad and worked for the International Harvester until he retired.
Tom married Patricia Patsy Curran on May 14, 1949. Tom and Patsy built their own home in West Bellaire and lived there for forty years. Tom and Patsy dearly loved and spoiled their eighteen nieces and nephews and their greats. They were devout Catholics and wonderful role models.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Ann Kleinedler.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia “Patsy” Curran Blake, his sister, Mary Catherine McPherson and her family, brother-in-law, Ed Kleinedler and nephew, Ed Kleinedler, sister-in-law, Jean Curran and her family and the Zimmer nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank our Angels in Bellaire, who lovingly cared for Tom and Patsy; Denise Moran and Mary Jo Plute and family and the entire staff at the Country Club Retirement Campus where Tom and Patsy resided.
Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:30 am at the St. John Catholic Church Bellaire with Msgr. Gene W. Mullett, the Celebrant. Interment in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.
Vigil services will be held on Friday evening.
Belmont County Council of the American Legion will conduct Full Military services on Saturday at 9 am at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John School or St. John Catholic Church 415 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio 43906.
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