|W. Blake Neeley, 91, of Galesburg, Ill., died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in Seminary Manor.
He was born January 8, 1921 in Mt. Carmel, Ill. the son of Waldren and Gertrude Voigt Neeley. He first married Mary B. Schneider in 1947 in Mt. Carmel, Ill. She preceded him in death in 1961. He later married Bernice A. Calderone Davison on December 8, 1962 in Galesburg, Ill. She survives.
Also surviving is a son, Mickey W. (Karen) Davison of Knoxville, Tenn.; three daughters, Janet S. (John) Woods of Trinidad, Colo., Shelley R. (Gary) Keil of Omaha, Neb., and Karen A. (Dennis) Mills of East Peoria, Ill.; his brother, Robert (Joann) Neeley of Katy, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
He served in the US Marines as Sgt. for 4 years during World War II, stationed in the Pacific Theatre and was involved in the Invasion of Guadalcanal. Blake received the Purple Heart and is listed in the Marine Raiders Hall of Fame.
Blake was the owner and operator of Midland Electric Motor Works for 40 years, retiring in 1985. He graduated from high school in Mt. Carmel in 1939. He had lived in Galesburg and Naples, Fla. He was a member of Soangetaha Country Club and Fox Fire Country Club in Naples, Fla. Blake enjoyed playing golf his entire life. He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2012 in St. Joseph Cemetery with military rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285. Deacon James Haneghan will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Cremation will be accorded. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Galesburg, the Orpheum Theatre Capital Improvement Fund, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.