Richard E. Blake passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Forest Manor Nursing Center in Dewey, Okla.
He was 81 years old.
Blake was born October 13, 1931 in Lamoni, Iowa, the son of Millard and Ruth (Smith) Blake. On Jan. 23, 1952, he married Carol Dunshee in Moline, Kan. He was president of the Kansas Limestone Association. Blake quarried rock in Kansas and Oklahoma in more than a dozen quarries while facilitating the building of roads and dams in both states. He was known for being a forerunner of rock quarry reclamation. He attended the Methodist Church. He was an avid bass fisherman and along with Jim Horn they competed in a National Bass Final Fishing Tournament in Tennessee. He fished in Canada and Alaska.
Blake loved to fly and owned many different airplanes. He attended many different schools in his early years before his folks settled in Moline, Kan. Richard and Carol became childhood sweethearts in middle school and celebrated their 61st anniversary in January. They moved to Pawhuska in 1962 and lived there until his death. He was known for his giving attitude, loyalty, honesty, quick smile and where a handshake was his word.
Survivors include: Carol Blake, wife, of the home; Cathy Johnson, daughter, Independence, Kan.; Dean Blake and Jeanette Myers, son and daughter-in-law, Sedan, Kan.; Diana and Mark Spencer, daughter and son-in-law, Bixby, Okla.; Kim and Chris Christeas, daughter and son-in-law, Athens, Greece; Caryl and Dude Bell, sister and brother-in-law, Nowata, Okla.;
He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Chad Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson and Amanda Johnson of Independence, Kan.; Lori Markes, Independence, Mo.; Chris Blake, Kansas City, Kan.; Jennifer Blake, Austin, Texas; Jessica Spencer, Bixby, OK; Julia Rogers, Joplin, Mo.; and Ari Christeas and Artemis Christeas of Athens, Greece.
Memorial service will be held Friday, May 17, 11 a.m., at the McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home. Rev. Kathy Morris will officiate.
Honorary casket bearers are Jim Horn, Dwight Winn, Paul Jacot, Cloyd Easley, Robert Hammonds, Mike Roberts, Fred Jones and Brian Smiley.
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.