HOULTON – Kenneth L. Blake, 85, died Dec. 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born June 4, 1924, in Houlton, the son of William and Iva (Day) Blake. Ken served as a medic in the U.S. Army in the Philippine Islands with the 37th Infantry Division and the 148th Infantry Regiment during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was a member of Full Gospel Assembly Church. He had a great love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, snowsledding and spending time at the camp on Grand Lake. Ken is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce (Godsoe) Blake of Houlton; his son, Roger and Denise Blake of Linneus; three daughters, Margene and James Young of Windham, Kristy and Greg Swallow of Hodgdon, and Kendra Thornton of Houlton; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence Blake of Houlton; two sisters, Eleanor Brown of Veazie and Joyce Hovey of Houlton; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Howard; his sister, Vera; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia. Friends may call 1-2 p.m. Friday at Houlton Full Gospel Assembly Church where a service with military honors will begin 2 p.m. with the Revs. Kevin Hatch and Brian Hovey officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Ken’s family asks that gifts be made to the Kenneth Blake Memorial Fund for Alzheimer’s Research, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730.
KENNETH L. BLAKE
Posted Dec. 17, 2009, at 7:48 p.m.