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Thomas J. Blake, 75, of St. Lawrence, S.D., died Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at Hand
County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Miller
Saturday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. John Helmueller officiating. Burial was in St.
Ann's Cemetery, Miller.

Casketbearers were Andrea and Brian Crosby, Corey and Heath Mushitz, Holly and
Chad Taylor, Leah and Dalton Baloun. Honorary casketbearers were all of his
grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

Reck Funeral Home, Miller, was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas James Blake was born May 6, 1928 in Casper, Wyoming, to Lee and Rose
(Rothleutner) Blake. They lived in Wyoming until 1934 at which time they moved to
Nebraska.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951to 1953.

He married Marilyn Fritton August 25, 1954 at St. Patrick's Church in O'Neill, Nebraska. They farmed there until moving to South Dakota in 1958.

They farmed south of Ree Heights from 1958 to 1990, at which time they moved to St.
Lawrence. In 1991, he began working for Hand County Implement in Miller. He was
employed there until 2003.

He loved people and always had time to visit, but he also liked the quiet time to fish. He
never missed the boat going to the river. He enjoyed the cattle, especially seeing the
new calves in the spring. He and his wife enjoyed the time with their large family, but
there was always room for more.

He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, Marilyn Blake of St. Lawrence,survivors include two sons, Robert (Coly) Blake of Wessington and Brent (Kori) Blake of Tulare; five daughters, Nancy (Chuck) Fechner of St. Lawrence, Kathleen (Robert) Crosby of Cheyenne, Wyo., Marsha (Jim Kinsolving) Blake of St. Lawrence, Sandra (Jeff) Naber of St. Lawrence and Renee (Todd) Kennedy of Beresford; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a sister-in law, Luanne (Gene) Adams; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Blake; a son, Brian Blake;
and an infant daughter, Rhonda Blake.
Thomas J. Blake
1928-2004
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