Marlyn D. Blake, 87, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of rural Egeland, ND, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.
Marlyn D. Blake, 87, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of rural Egeland, ND, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital. Funeral Services for Marlyn will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Devils Lake. Marlyn Donovan Blake was born on June 8, 1932, at rural Parkers Prairie, Minn., the son of Adolph and Minnie (Karger) Blake. He was baptized in July of 1932 at Zion Lutheran Church in North Effington, MN, and was confirmed on May 25, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Parkers Prairie. He attended school in Parkers Prairie and at a very young age worked on a threshing crew with his Dad. On a custom threshing trip to North Dakota, Marlyn stayed on as a hired hand to a local farmer. Marlyn was united in marriage to Mavis Morlock on July 16, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Egeland, ND. They established their home on a farmstead east of Egeland and began their life of farming and ranching. In 1956, they moved to their permanent home and continued farming and raising certified black angus cattle. They moved into Devils Lake in 1999, but Marlyn continued very active in the farming and ranching with his son, Kardell. Marlyn was a good steward of the land and was active in showing his cattle at various events including Valley City Winter Show, North Dakota State Fair, Crookston State Fair, many other fairs and went with his daughter, Karen, to the National Junior Angus Show held in 1984 in Columbus, Ohio. He was so proud of his children and supported them all in their many activities. Marlyn was an active member of his community and his church. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Egeland until it closed in 1987, then at Zion Lutheran Church in Munich, ND. After moving to Devils Lake he joined St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and served as a trustee for three years. While living on the farm, he drove bus for a time for Egeland Public School, served on the School Board and also served on the FHA Board for Towner County. Marlyn loved the farm, but when he could he enjoyed deer, goose and duck hunting with family and friends. Marlyn was a man who so dearly loved his family, was a man of great faith and had a passion for the life of a farmer and rancher. Marlyn is survived by; his loving wife of 65 years, Mavis; son, Kardell (Shelly Charette) Blake of Egeland; daughters, CharmeAnn (Douglas Ginther) Anderson, Devils Lake and Karen (Dana) Westemeier, Bisbee, ND; grandchildren, Ashley (Joel) Elvrum and Michael (Ashley Ann Carlson) Anderson both of Devils Lake, Reston (Kelsey) Westemeier, Bisbee, ND, and Rylea (Shon Fladland) of Casper, Wyo.; great-grandchildren, Kaydynce and Kolyn Anderson, Anderson C. Elvrum, Madeline Elvrum and Benjamin Elvrum and Ridgely Westemeier; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by; his parents; daughter-in-law, Lynn Blake; son-in-law, Bruce Anderson; brother, Ralph; sisters, Geneva, Ettie, Bette, Arby and LuVerna; brothers-in-law, Ferdy and Elmer Morlock; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Amelia Morlock. Honorary Bearers for Marlyn will be: Michael Anderson, Reston Westemeier, Merle Henke, Harold Harder and Dale Giedd. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Church or the Egeland Union Cemetery in memory of Marlyn.