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Robert W. Blake

February 11, 1948 ~ October 15, 2020 (age 72)

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Robert W. Blake, 72 of Gaylord, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020 peacefully in his home. He was born on February 11, 1948 in Detroit, the son of Harold and Margaret “Betty” (Treacher) Blake.

Robert proudly served his country in the United States Army before thriving in his career as an Operating Engineer for Century Cement for more than forty years. On March 10, 1979, Robert married the love of his life, Gail Adams. They raised two children and built a wonderful life together. Robert enjoyed golfing, cooking, painting, music, hockey, playing cards and board games, and, most of all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; his children, Jodie Blake, Joel Blake and his daughter-in-law, Lauren Blake; his brother and sisters, Harold “Rick” Blake, Carol Wekwert, Judith (Ronnie) DeYoung and Sandra (Haseeb) Zafar.  He was surrounded in life by family and friends, including many nieces and nephews, whom he truly loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Michael Blake; and brothers-in-law, Donald Wekwert and Florian Budnik.

Due to the pandemic, an intimate family service will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will take place at a later date in his honor.

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