Sept. 30, 1951 - Jan. 28, 2013
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THREE OAKS - David A. Blake, age 61, of Three Oaks, Michigan, died unexpectedly Monday at Lakeland Medical Center Niles. He was born Sept. 30, 1951, in Michigan City, to the late Henry and Myrtle Shipley Blake. On Aug. 10, 1981, in Houston, Texas, he married Sandra Hamilton, who survives along with 3 daughters, Tamika Blake - Michigan City, Indiana, Rachel (Brian) Hempel - Zygmunt - Highland, IN, and Desma (Josh) Darnell of Galien. Two sons, David (Torrina) Blake of New Buffalo, Derek (Sarah) Hempel - South Bend, IN, & Daisuke Uchida, an exchange student from Japan who was considered our son from Japan. He is also survived by six grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Petroff - Tampa, Fla., Regina Blake - Bradenton, Fla., Stephanie Ross - Michigan City, IN. Three brothers, Donald Petroff - Portland, OR, Dennis Blake & Danny Blake, both of Michigan City. Two sisters preceded him in death, Beatrice (Sally) Dunn & Dorothy Krajewski, along with 2 brothers, Paul Petroff & John Reed. David was a Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He had worked in the Galien Public Schools as Director of Maintenance, and was admired and loved by many of the students, and they would acknowledge him by giving him the peace sign. David was an active member in the Berrien County Democratic Party and the Galien American Legion Post 344. Services for David will Saturday at The First United Methodist Church, 132 S. Oak St in Buchanan, at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Rob McPherson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Military rites will be presented by American Legion Post 344 of Galien. The family is being served by Swem Chapel in Buchanan. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Attention Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; or to The Salvation Army, 424 S. 15th St., Niles, Michigan 49120. To sign his guestbook or leave a condolence message, please visit our website www.swemchapel.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 31, 2013