Paul P. Blakeslee (1937 - 2014)

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Paul Blakeslee, 77, passed away suddenly on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Anchorage. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Delores; his son Tim (Alenna), his daughters Joni (Rob), Teresa (Gerald) and Paula (Matt); his grandchildren Aubrey, Brandon, Travis, Keith, Matthew (Cassie), Alexis (Nick) and Jerry; his great grandchildren Lily, Tobin and Damian Born on January 5, 1937 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 and also spent time in the U.S. Air Force as a diesel mechanic. He later took a government civil service job and went to Tin City and Shemya. In 1964 he went to Adak where his family joined him. He spent 31 years at Adak Naval Station, first as a diesel mechanic and then quickly advanced to positions of more responsibility such as Power Plant Foreman and eventually Public Works Facilities Director. He retired in 1993 after more than 43 years of government service. In 1997, he was called out of retirement and worked on projects at Adak and Fort Richardson. Paul has a reputation as a problem solver and was known for his ingenuity. Paul used his brilliant mechanical mind to design, build and fix anything he desired. Paul loved fishing and being out on the ocean in pursuit of crab, salmon and halibut. Over the years, he designed and built a number of boats including the Cape St. Elias. He enjoyed chess, fine woodworking, cooking, joke telling and NFL Football. Paul was a Shriner, a lifetime member of VFW and American Legion Post 1. Paul was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend and he will be deeply missed by many. Memorial Mass at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 3900 Wisconsin Street, Anchorage. A Celebration of Life will be held directly after mass at the Parish. Military Honor Service and Interment at 10:30 am on Monday, August 4, 2014, Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, AK. Please visit the guestbook at www.janssenfuneralhomes.com
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 31, 2014
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