Edward BLAKE

Edward BLAKE

Sunday, January 2nd, 1949 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Sunrise...A stroll down memory lane and his joy in the morning...

EDWARD JAMES BLAKE...Our Eddie, Her Ed, and their Popeye

Eddie was a native of Dayton, Ohio born on Sunday, January 2, 1949 to parents Robert and Dorothy Blake. Ed shared his love and laughter with us for 71 years and transitioned peacefully on the morning of July 10th at 10:11 am in his home with his wife, Karen by his side; to which he married, in October 1991. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Dorothy Blake, his son, Edward Blake, Jr, daughter, Dorothy Blake, brother Roger L. Blake, sister, Gwendolyn Blake, brother Ronald E. Blake, Sr. and son, Robert Blake.

Growing up he was rambunctious and adventurous. He and his buddies were always into something and of course his little brother was always at his side. He was very protective of his younger brother and especially his sisters. Man, everybody knew not to mess with those Blake girls. And they did not! He attended Dunbar High School and never let us forget growing up that he was a "WOLVERINE!" His hobbies included dancing, dressing to the 9's, bowling, working on cars, video games...yes, of course those were hunting and fishing games but most of all he loved going fishing. He loved going fishing with his brother Ronnie and his buddies. He had 5 boats! He would participate in the fishing tournaments and could not wait until spring so he could head north to Lake Huron, ride the waves on Lake Maumee and catch those giant walleyes that he would filet on the spot! It didn't matter where he fished. He found comfort and peace while doing that and he was happy anywhere that he could throw a line. He also enjoyed football and was an ADVID BENGALS fan! And ain't nobody messing with dat!

After high school Ed decided to dedicate his life to his country and enlisted in the military. He entered the United States Marines Corp in May 1969. Corporal Edward J. Blake served his country during the Vietnam war fighting to preserve our freedoms until April 1973 and then transferred to the Marine Corps Reserves and was the Small Arms Proof Director. He was a 0311 Specialty Rifleman and received the National Defense Service metal, the Vietnam Service Metal, the Vietnam Campaign Metal w/devices, the Navy Achievement Metal w/combat V, Good Conduct Metal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Ed was a proud Marine. He believed in the importance of service as he honorably wore the eagle, the globe, and the anchor. The Few, the Proud, the Marine...he honored every aspect of it. He is still a Marine. Semper Fi, Always faithful and flexible. Just in a different uniform, quietly resting in a different phase of life.

Ed was a hard worker. He was employed by the Miamisburg Mound for over 25 years and also worked at GM Truck and Bus until it closed in 2008.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Karen Blake; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Theresa M. Blake, Deboria Harrison (Keith), Cynthia Blake; brother-in-law, Eliot Heflin (Bernadette); sisters-in-law, Pamela Yates, Barbara Ann Blake; sons, Aaron Watts, Evan Blake of Cincinnati, Allan Blake (LeeAnna), Ira Blake (Lauren), Ian Blake, Quintin Blake; daughter, Schantiel “Tilly” Blake of Columbus; Eddie loved his children and his many grandchildren. He spoiled them equally. The grandbabies surely will miss their "Popeye." Finally, there's his special Aunt Carolyn Ann, Aunt Tick, Uncle Norman, many cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends. Eddie will be sincerely missed by those he loved.

Private arrangements entrusted to THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, 4520 Salem Ave., Dayton, OH 45416. Interment: Dayton National Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
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    Dayton National Cemetery
    4400 W. Third Street
    Dayton, Ohio 45428
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To the Edward Blake family in support of Deboria and Keith Harrison , we offer condolences and prayers from the staff of the Office of Reentry .
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gerald e martin

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Rest In Peace My Friend. I attended elementary school at Irving School. Gerald Martin.

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