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Alex Blake

 

Alex Frederick Blake

Born: October 4, 1921
Died: December 5, 2019

Visitation & Prayer Service

Date: Friday, December 13    3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday, December 14     10:30 a.m.
Location: Visitation Catholic Church, Stacyville

Burial

Date: December 14, 2019
Location: Visitation Cemetery

Obituary

He was born on October 4, 1921, the son of William and Gertrude (Hackenmiller) Blake. Alex, along with his 12 brothers and sisters, grew up as a farm boy during the Great Depression. After enlisting in the US Navy in 1942, he served aboard the USS Nevada as a gunner’s mate in historic battles such as Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Aleutian Islands and Normandy Beach. While on leave on October 17, 1944 he married his waiting sweetheart, Margaret Bissen. Upon his honorable discharge he joined his wife and new daughter, Trudy, and they began their life together in the Stacyville area. Over the years the family grew to include eight more daughters. Alex and Margaret continued to farm until 1983 when they moved to the home they built in Stacyville.

Alex was a 1974 Master Pork Producer, a Vigortone feed dealer, a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus. But Alex’s service to his country was one of his proudest achievements. He remained active in the Stacyville American Legion for 70 years. He practiced his faith not only at Visitation Church where he was a lifelong member but every day of his life. His faith practice was evident in how he lived his life. Alex cherished his family remaining the true patriarch and a pillar of wisdom and gentle strength. Despite living his life through so many historical hardships, he remained patient, humble, optimistic and eternally grateful. His circle of friends included the very young, the very old and everyone in between.

He is survived by his: siblings Dorothy Blake, William (Betty) Blake of Omaha NE, Rose (Bud)

Schaefer, Adams, MN, Joan Vitale, Poughkeepsie, NY; brother-in-law Fred Bissen, Stacyville, IA; sister-in-law Sr. Marydel Bissen, La Crosse, WI; special nephew, Ted Blake, of Dubuque. His survivors also include his nine daughters, Trudy (Levy) Scott, Santa Fe, NM, Elaine (Greg) White, Midland, MI, Jane (Kirby) Moses, St. Ansgar, IA, Karen (Doug) Brumm, Toeterville, IA, Julie (Al) Barkley, Pittsburgh, PA, Linda (Mike) Mullenbach, St. Ansgar, IA, Kristy Blake, Manchester, IA, Geri (Phil) Brumm, Stacyville, IA, Lu (John) Groth, St. Ansgar, IA. Also surviving are grandchildren: Sondra Scott, Julie (Pat)  Murtha, Amy (Dan) Buzzell, Colleen White, Krista O’Geary, Kara (Joe) Walk, Micki (Bryan) Christianson, Brian (Michelle) Horgen, Kody (Ali) Moses, Kyle Moses, Carl Brumm and Bert Brumm, Alex Barkley, Joe (Renee) Barkley, Al (Patrice) Mullenbach, Tony Mullenbach, Bruce(Kely)Hemann, Blake (Alli) Hemann, Nicole Kudrna, Clint (Jenna) Brumm, Chase Brumm, Jacob (Ashley) Groth, Gusty (Keith) Adams and Sadie Groth. In addition, there are 30 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his “sweetie” Margaret Blake, who passed away July 2019, his brothers: John, Adrian, Quentin, his sisters: Alma Wendelin, Marjorie Smith, Jean Quintero, Alverna Marreel and Ethel Bartholmey.

Memorials may be directed to the Stacyville American Legion Post #569 or the Stacyville Community Nursing Home. In addition, the family asks that you take this advice from Alex. In a letter written by him to be opened upon his death he wrote, “and all I ask the good Father is for all the good people to slow down and smell the roses.”

 

 

 

 

 

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