|Birth: ||Jul. 26, 1922|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2009|
Mr. Leo William Blakely, 87, of Battle Creek, Michigan; formerly of Fort Smith, Arkansas, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. He was born July 26, 1922, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to the late Leo Woodward and Lillian Rae (Pendell)Blakely. He graduated from Fort Smith Junior College in 1942, served in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel, and was the widower of Beatrice Blakely.
Mr. Blakely attended high school in Fort Smith, Arkansas and graduated from Fort Smith Arkansas Junior College in 1942. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 until 1965, retiring as a Colonel, and was a P38 pilot with the famed 475th Fighter Group in the Southwest Pacific during WWII.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was a navigational aids flight inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration from 1967 until 1987.
On December 31, 1948 he was married to the former Beatrice E. Hoke, who preceded him in death on September 25, 1999. Surviving are his aunt: Margaret Pendell of Phoenix, AZ; niece: Barb McCabe of Pennsylvania; cousins: Janet (Steve) Stanton of Pasadena, CA, Jim Chapman of Las Vegas, NV, Carter Pendell of Phoenix, AZ, Sally Roper of Fort Smith, AR, Sidney Blakely of Fort Smith, AR and Gayle (Lewis) Nelson of Pasadena, CA; special friends: Burdette and Shannon Bennett, Trina and Scott Niecko, Chelsie and Darian Niecko all of Battle Creek, and Lonnie and Margie Mayo of Three Rivers.
Funeral was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek, Mich., with burial with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery.
Source: "Times Record Obituary." Fort Smith, Arkansas. 22 Sept. 2009.; and
Published in the Battle Creek Enquirer on 9/22/2009; as graciously provided by Jean (C.J. Vought) Green.
Beatrice E Blakely (1916 - 1999)
Fort Custer National Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 22, 2009
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I never met you, Leo but your Dad and my mother were cousins. I well remember your mother, she shared some Blakely information for my genealogy of our families. Apparently by the time your obituary was written your cousin Sidney had gone on before, he d...(Read more)|
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Thank you for serving our country.|
Added: Sep. 22, 2009