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Henry "Hank" Blake, Jr.

01 April, 2006 by troy glidden

Mr. Henry "Hank" Blake, Jr., age 76, of McPherson, KS, completed his life's journey on earth at 5:30 PM, Friday, March 31st, 2006 while in the company of family members at Memorial Hospital, McPherson, Kansas.

Henry “Hank” Blake, Jr., the son of Henry Charles and Gladys (Jarnigan) Blake, was born September 20, 1929 at Coldwater, Kansas. He was the eldest of four children born to this union, three sons and one daughter: Hank, Nellie, Ivan, and Bill. Hank attended the Watonga, Oklahoma and Coldwater, Kansas schools.

On November 7, 1952 Hank entered into the United States Army during the Korean War. He honorably served his Country with the AUS CE Company, and was discharged on November 2, 1954 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Hank received the National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Hank was united in marriage to Constance Elaine “Connie” Snyder on February 4, 1956 at Kansas City, Kansas. The young couple established their first home together in Kansas City, Kansas. This union was blessed with the birth of three sons: Gary D. Curtis L. and Larry Michael. In 1960 the family moved to McPherson County where Hank worked as an attendant for Texaco Service Station, Radke Oil Company, for Farmers CO-OP which later became Mid Kansas CO-OP. He also owned and operated 81 Mobil Service of Moundridge, Kansas for several years. Hank was one of the first Reserve Sheriff Officers for McPherson County and served for over twelve years. Following his retirement Hank worked for Miller Automotive and T. C. Mower Repair. Hank also worked as a volunteer for many years for the McPherson County Food Bank and Heartland Shares. He was a member of the American Legion Post 24, McPherson.

Hank was a devoted Christian, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His wise counsel, gentle guidance, and gracious smile will be missed by those who knew and loved him. He was very proud of his children and always encouraged them to follow their dreams and to do the best they can. He was especially fond of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren always looking forward to their visits and times they would share together. Hank enjoyed staying busy and visiting with his friends. It was often said that Hank never met a stranger.

Henry “Hank” Blake, Jr., age 76, of McPherson, Kansas, completed his life's journey on earth at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31st, 2006 while in the company of family members at Memorial Hospital, McPherson, Kansas. Hank was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ivan Blake and a sister, Nellie Mosher.

Surviving members of his family include his loving and devoted wife of over fifty years, Constance “Connie” Blake, of the home, McPherson, Kansas; his sons, Gary D. Blake and his wife Nancy, of Galva, Kansas, Curtis L. Blake, of McPherson, Kansas, and Larry Michael Blake and his wife Carolyn, of McPherson, Kansas; his brother, Bill Blake and his wife DeAnna, of Coldwater, Kansas; twelve grandchildren: Christopher Blake and his wife Tiffany, Jeremy Blake, Laura “Katie” Blake, Brendon Blake, James Blake and his fiancé Lara, Jacob Blake and his wife Lourdes, Joshua Blake and his fiancé Amber, Ericka Blake, Ashley Blake, Dustin Blake, Katie Bowker, and Carrie Bowker; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Friends are invited to call Tuesday, April 4, 2006 from 3 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be conducted by Pastor John Gran, Sr. at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at the First Christian Church, McPherson, Kansas. Special music “Precious Lord Take My Hand“ and “Rock of Ages“ will be sung and accompanied by Michelle King. Hymn #33 in the Chalice Hymnal “How Great Thou Art” will be sung by the Congregation and accompanied by Noleen Binder.

The final resting place will be the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas. Military graveside honors will be presented by members of the American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715. “Amazing Grace” will be played by Bagpiper Mike McIrvin. .

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, McPherson, Kansas.

Christopher Blake Jeremy Blake Brendon Blake
James Blake Jacob Blake Joshua Blake Dustin Blake

Abe Lanham Merle Binder Greg Meyer John Emerson

Michael Rausch Fred Roelfs

Posted By Dianna Warnock on 04 April, 2006
To the family,
You all have my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. It was my pleasure over the years to care for Hank at the hospital and get to know him more. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I know what it is to lose a father. Rely on God for comfort and strength, May He grant you all peace. Love always, Dianna

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