Carl A. Blake, 96, of Ashland died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Good Shepherd Home.
Mr. Blake was born Sept. 27, 1915, in Paulding County, the son of Ira James and Mary M. (Knisley) Blake. He had been a resident of Ashland more than 50 years.
He had been the owner and operator of Carl Blake Construction Co., which specialized in building homes. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II, where he received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a member of American Legion Post 88. Mr. Blake was an avid fisherman, enjoying his trips to Canada. He also enjoyed his family trips to Florida and was always happy to help his sons on projects.
On April 16, 1947, Blake married Vivian (Gorham) Blake who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Jeffery (Velma) Blake of Ashland, Michael (Joanie) Blake of Warren and Kevin (Debbie) Blake of Cincinnati; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Ada Fisher and Almeda (Paul) Hoerner, both of Kendallville, Ind.
Mr. Blake was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and five sisters.
Funeral services will take place 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Heyl Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Pflueger officiating. Burial will follow at Ashland Cemetery with military honors presented by the Ashland Veterans Honor Guard.
Friends may visit with the family 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at the funeral home.
An online register book is available at www.heylfuneralhome.com. (T-G 10/17/11)