George K. Blakely, 99, of Beloit, WI, died Monday, February 13, 2012 in his home.
He was born May 11, 1912 in Sioux Falls, S.D., the son of George Knowlton and Paula (Pope) Blakely Sr. The family moved to Walworth, WI, in 1915 where George and his twin brother Walter attended Walworth schools. The family moved to Beloit in 1929, and he attended Beloit High School, graduating in 1930. George was a 1934 graduate of Beloit College. He spent a year in the graduate school of business at the University of Minnesota and then went on to law school graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1938. During WWII he was drafted into the Army and served with the 839th AAA Battalion until going to Officer Candidate School in the Judge Advocate General's Department from which he received a commission and was stationed with the Corps of Engineers in their legal department in Milwaukee. George married Catherine Mitchell on July 29, 1940 in Lake Geneva, WI. She predeceased him on July 30, 2008.
George started his law career with T.D. Woolsey, later being in partnership in the firm, Woolsey, Blakely & Long. In 1952, he and J. Richard Long established their own law firm. In his later years he practiced law with his son, Robert G. Blakely as Blakely and Blakely Law Firm. During his professional life he was involved in a great number of activities which include American Red Cross, Visiting Nurses, Young Republicans, American Legion West-Field Post #48, Beloit Elks Lodge #864, Rotary Club, RSVP and Family Shelter. He was a member of the First Congregational Church where he held office as a chairman of the Board of Deacons and chairman of the Board of Trustees and also as a Moderator and long term member of the By-Laws Committee of the church. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, the Wisconsin and Rock County Bar Association, president of the Rock County Bar Association and president of the Wisconsin County Bar Association and was recognized in Strathmore's Who's Who. While maintaining his private practice, he was the City Attorney for Beloit from 1949 until 1958 and attorney for the City of Beloit School Board for a number of years. George enjoyed reading, swimming, hunting, trap and skeet shooting. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the continental U.S. and Argentina, Peru, Turkey, Romania, Yugoslavia, Hungary and frequently in England, Scotland and Wales and often in Germany and Austria. He had a wonderful family and good life.
Survivors include his two children, Mary (fiance, Tim Nippes) Blakely-Feick of Pittsburgh, PA and Robert (Marge) Blakely of Beloit, WI; four grandchildren: Holly (Noel) Heitmann of Lancaster, PA; Matthew Feick of Brooklyn, NY; Robert C. Blakely of San Francisco, CA; and Alison Blakely of Fitchburg, WI; three great grandchildren, Mario, Maxwell and Lucia Heitmann.
He was predeceased by his wife, parents and twin brother Walter.
A special thank you to Dr. Kenneth Gold and Beloit Regional Hospice for the care given to George.
A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in East Lawn Cemetery. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI, assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be given in his name to Beloit Regional Hospice or First Congregational Church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.daleymurphywisch.com.