OLEAN - Kenneth A. Blade, of 331 W. Delaware Ave., passed away Thursday (July 25, 2013), surrounded by his loving family, at Olean General Hospital following an illness.
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Ken was born Feb. 2, 1934, in Olean, and was a son of Gordon C. and Martha Mae Black Blades. On March 16, 1952, at the Four Square Gospel Tabernacle Church in Olean, he married his wife of 61 years, Deloris J. Foster, who survives.
Ken was a 1951 graduate of Monroe High School in Spencerport. He was member of International Brotherhood of the Teamsters No. 649. Ken drove trucks for many local companies throughout his career, retiring from Consolidated Freight in 1994. After his driving career, he went to work for the city of Olean on Front Street at the city's refuse and brush lot for several years.
He was an avid bowler and was the league's secretary-treasurer for many years. He bowled for the Wednesday Niners. Kenneth was a fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt. He was a member of the Eagles FOE No. 616. He enjoyed computers and doing "brain teasers." Kenneth was an accomplished woodworker and especially was known for making picnic tables and being a jack-of-all-trades.
Along with his loving wife, Kenneth is survived by three sons, Kenneth G. (Nancy) Blade of Olean, Lance R. (Laurie) Blade of Denton, N.C., and Staff Sgt. Brian K. (Nicole) Blade, stationed at Fort Drum; four daughters, Brenda J. Pierce of Limestone, Danita J. Colley of Olean, Andrea J. (Thomas) Butts of Alamogordo, N.M., and Ellena J. Blade of Olean; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five step-brothers, Guy, Jerry, William, Robert, and Danny Richardson; and many nieces and nephews.
He also had a beloved cat, Buddy.
In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his stepmother, Dorothy Blades; an infant son, Barry A. Blade; a grandson, Geoffrey Anderson, on March 2, 1999; a daughter, Carla J. Blade, on Dec. 14, 2001; three brothers, Thomas C., Theron and Gordon A. Blades; and a sister, Elizabeth Wright.
Friends were received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean, where funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today (July 29, 2013). The Rev. Robert Klouw, pastor of the Bradford First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc
646 E State St
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald from July 26 to July 29, 2013