Robert "Bob' L. Blake

Feb 7, 2020
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1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel


One hour prior to services at Kearns Funeral Service


Garden of Memories Cemetery


May be directed to the family


Robert “Bob” Leonard Blake, Sr., 91, of Waterloo, died Friday, February 7, 2020 at Pinnacle Specialty Care of natural causes.  

He was born September 13, 1928 in Brainerd, Minnesota the son of Percival “Percy” and Clara Wheeler Blake.  He was a graduate of Stanley High School.

He married Janice Nielsen on March 12, 1962 in Preston, Minnesota. 

He served in the U.S. Army.

He worked for 45 years at John Deere Co., fifteen of those years in the Foundry, retiring on Sept 30, 1987.

He had been a member of Burton Avenue Baptist Church for over 50 years. He was also the member of the local #838. He played the harmonica, enjoyed fishing, working on cars, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, cooking, taking people out to eat and most importantly loved his grandkids and his family.

Survived by his wife, Janice Blake of Waterloo; seven children, Donna (Ernie) Melendrez of Toledo, Ohio, Bill (Kay) Blake of Ruthven, Robert (Sheila) Blake, Jr. of Mason City, Ken Adams of Fairbault, Minnesota, Christine (Steve) Benham of Cedar Falls, Janece (Joseph Einertson) Shaffer of Cedar Falls, and Troy (Katie) Benham of Marion; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary (Ed) Reed of Cedar Falls.

Preceded in death by his parents; twin children, Joseph and Mary Blake; two daughters, Cheryl Blake and Theresa Carolus; three brothers, Gerald, Tom and George Blake; and three sisters, Irma Blake, Bernadine Finical and Evelyn Kerns.

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  1. connie scoles | Mar 04, 2020
    Prayers to the family. I used to babysit for them and also went to Florida with them. It's been years since I have seen Bob and Janice and the kids. Memories we will always have. So sorry for you loss.
  2. Brenda Johnson | Feb 12, 2020

    sending my sympathies to Janice and family!! We will see him again. He will be missed


  3. Linda Hickman | Feb 11, 2020
    So very sorry for your loss Jan and family; but praising God along with you that he is now with the Lord.
  4. Sammy clark | Feb 10, 2020
    had alot of fun at the blake house growing up ran hard with kenny n troy condolences to the family.
  5. Shantel Danielsen | Feb 09, 2020
    Will miss you Grandpa Bob. Rip
  6. Steve | Feb 09, 2020
  7. Dale H Gaede | Feb 08, 2020

    to all Uncle Bob will be truly missed im sorry for your loss.

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