Blaker, Ralph

Written by David Green.

Ralph Blaker, 73, of Medina, Mich., died May 1, 2010, at Tendercare in Adrian, Mich. 

He was born Nov. 22, 1936, in Medina, the son of Ralph H. and Mary (McVay) Blaker.  On Jan. 18, 1957, in Sand Creek, Mich., he married Emeline VanNest.  She preceded him in death March 31, 2000.

Ralph lived all of his life in the Hudson and Morenci area and was a member of the Canandaigua Community Church.  He worked in construction most of his life and retired from Metalloy Foundry in Hudson, Mich.

Survivors include a daughter, Beth (and Todd) Graf of Tecumseh; four sons, Ralph Wayne Blaker of Medina, Wesley (and Vallirie) Blaker of Medina; Arthur (and Lisa) Blaker of the Ukraine, and Chris (and Becky) Blaker of Morenci; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; three sisters, Sandy Davis of Morenci, and Joyce Longo and Tamara Cooke, both of Venice, Fla.; and two brothers, Mike Blaker of Medina and Tim Blaker of Morenci.

Besides his wife, Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nancy McCarty; and two brothers, Marvin and Doyle Blaker.

A funeral service is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Arthur Blaker officiating. Burial will follow at the Medina Cemetery in Medina.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee County.

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