Walter F. Blake, 89

Walter F. Blake, son of Walter and Lucy (Baker-Peterson) Blake, was born June 26, 1922, in Mason City. He entered into rest Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island at the age of 89 years. Walter attended school in Brewster where he graduated high school in 1940. He worked on the family farm raising cattle. He also attended Louisiana State University for a year where he studied mechanical engineering. Walter joined the United States Army Dec. 7, 1942.He was united in marriage to Dorothy Pauline Clinard July 22, 1944, in Hopkinsville, Kent. He retired Sept. 1, 1964. He served with Distinction during World War II and Korea, receiving a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was in the 14th Armored Division which saw action in Germany and Europe. During the Korean Conflict, he was in the 73rd Tank Battalion. Following his discharge from the Army, he joined the Civil Service where he became a superintendent in the National Cemetery System for 20 years. He served as superintendent at Lebanon, Kent. and Ft. McPherson in Maxwell. Walter was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dannebrog and also a member of the VFW and American Legion. He had a great love of fishing and hunting all his life. He shared that love with many friends and family. His last few days were spent enjoying fishing in the company of his granddaughter and great-grandson. He also received numerous Master Angler Awards and was an expert marksman.Walter is survived by his wife, Dorothy Pauline (Clinard) Blake; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Kathy Blake of Peyton, Colo., and Gerald and Janette Blake of Dannebrog; three daughters and son-in-law, Kathy Main of Wood River, Chris Blake of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Becky and Dennis Adams of Dannebrog; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Herbert Blake; and one grandson, David.Published in Custer County Chief, April 5, 2012