Herbert Blake Sr. | TheUnion.com

Herbert Blake Sr.

Memorial services are planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Church of Christ in Grass Valley and at Church of Christ in Fort Morgan, Colo., Aug. 25 for Herbert Blake Sr. of Sacramento.

Mr. Blake, a resident of the Penn Valley/Grass Valley area from 1988 to 2001, died July 28 in Sacramento. He was 85.

He was born Aug. 29, 1916, to Margaret Nevada Shelly and Brook Blake in Oklahoma. His family migrated to Kansas then to Basalt, Colo., during the Great Depression. He graduated from Basalt Union High School in 1935. He then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving several years in western Colorado.

In 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He met Anna Lou Morgan in Denver while serving in the Army Air Corps at Lowry Air Force Base. They were married August 30, 1941.

In 1947, he began working for Whittier Cleaners in Fort Morgan, Colo. In 1957, he bought the cleaners then owned and operated it for more than 20 years. He also worked for the Gibson Discount Center in Fort Morgan until he and his wife retired and moved to Penn Valley. After his wife’s death in 2001, he moved in with his son Herb Jr. in Sacramento.

He belonged to various organizations including Rotary International, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. and Mrs. Blake belonged to the Church of Christ and participated in activities with congregations in Fort Morgan and Grass Valley.

He is survived by his sons Herbert, Jr. of Sacramento and Alan of Arvada, Colo.; brother, Louis Blake, of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Kristin Croswell of Bethel Island, Matt and Mark DuBois of Fort Collins, Colo., Chelsea Blake of Costa Mesa, Brook Blake of Sacramento and Savannah and Devanie Blake of Arvada Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lou, in 2001; daughter, Donna Kay DuBois, in 1994; and sisters Irene Miller in 1989 and Maxine Kimes in 2000.

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