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Frank Blake

March 8, 1963 - March 26, 2021


Frank  BlakeFrank Blake, 58
Former West Virginia native Miller Franklin Blake, 58, died peacefully March 26, 2021, at his residence in Salem Oregon.
Frank, ladies’ man, jack of all trades and accomplished traveler was born March 8, 1963, in Baltimore, MD, to Robert and Dorlis Walkup Blake. Whether Frank liked to fix things more or tear them apart will remain a debate.
Frank attended Smoot Elementary and Greenbrier East schools in WV before serving briefly in the US Army Reserve. Frank liked to repair machinery, but he also loved just about everything else about farming — especially riding the tractor. During his childhood in WV, Frank cherished being around his grandfather on the Walkup farm and often spoke of helping care for the cattle, bailing hay, and plowing the gardens alongside our grandfather Walkup. 
Mr. Blake is survived by his brother, David “Terry” Blake of Phoenix, AZ; uncles Robert Walkup of Fort Worth, TX; Don Young of Diamondhead, MS; Aunt Eileen Walkup of Whitefish, MT; a care giver, James Mack of Salem, OR; as well as a host of cousins and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Blake of Clemmons, NC, Doris Walkup Blake of Dawson, WV; grandparents Miller & Cleo Walkup of Dawson, WV; and grandparents Robert & Lottie Blake of Ronceverte, WV
In keeping with his wishes, Franks body will be cremated, and a celebration of his life is planned for later this year at the Walkup farm in WV. Arrangements are with Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
 

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David, I’m so sorry to hear of Frank’s sudden death.  I’ll surely miss the long conversations we had while he lived in Oregon.  Hold on to all the fond memories.  I look forward to a grand reunion in our Heavenly home. Please accept our sincere condolences.  Juanita and Roger



Terry, I am so sorry to hear about Frank.   I remember his smile and he was always so nice to me.  Our love and prayers are with you!  Take care, Michelle.