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MARTIN W. BLAKLEY, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Wood-view Health Care in Fort Wayne. Born May 29, 1920, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Lulu (Cottle) Blakley. He married Dorothy E. Eshelman on Sept. 18, 1945 in Fort Wayne, she preceded him in death on Dec. 29, 2009. Martin was a self-employed Plumber who founded Blakley Plumbing in Fort Wayne. He was a WWII Army Veteran who was with the 29th Infantry Division which fought on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church of Fort Wayne, Waynedale Masonic Lodge (60 year member), Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne and the Mizpah Shrine. His joys in life include his adored wife and entire family, his little dog jack, his Model A Ford, gardening and growing strawberries. Surviving are son, Roger (Lynn) Blakley of Fort Wayne; daughter. Gwen (Alan Kinsler) Blakley Kinsler of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas Blakley; two sisters, Maxine Shupe and Virginia Caming; and a brother, Thomas Blakley. Private Memorial Service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Ave., Ft. Wayne, IN 46805. Arrangements by Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home, Spencerville, IN. To view and sign the guestbook visit
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 13, 2014
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