Robert Blake, Sr., 87

Robert “Bob” G. Blake, Sr., 87, of North Baltimore, passed away at 9:22 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at his daughter’s residence.

He was born on November 21, 1930, in North Baltimore, Ohio to the late James and Pearl (Bland) Blake. He married Stella Copus on December 1, 1951, and she survives.

Bob is also survived by his children: Patricia (Ted) Long of North Baltimore, Robert (Arunee) Blake, Jr. of Cygnet and Melody (Mark) Drewes of Custar; his brother, Frank Blake of Findlay; his beloved grandchildren: Jeffrey (Annie) Long, Joshua Long, Michael (Adrianne) Fausey, Adam (Victoria) Fausey, Darcy (Tyler) Krassow, Tyler (Whitni) Drewes and Chase (fiancé, Laura Marsee) Drewes; as well as 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers: John, Ernest, Woodrow, Carl, Bill, Tuffy and Paul Blake; his sisters: Evelyn Basil, Edith Dennis, Ruth Gonyer, and Betty Courtney.

Bob retired from O.D.O.T. as a District Superintendent. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served our country in the Korean War, where he was a Guided Missile Instructor. He was proud to have been apart of the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with his family in 2012. He was a member of the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #2633. He was a former North Baltimore Council Member and had served on the North Baltimore Volunteer Fire Department.

One of Bob’s greatest joys was watching his grandchildren play sports.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2018, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, with Pastor Jim Baney officiating. Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore, where full military rites will be conducted by the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.smithcrates.com.