Blakeley, James E. E. (April 26, 1930 - March 3, 2005)

James E. Blakeley

Douglas Budget - March 9, 2005

Funeral services for James E. "Jim" Blakeley, 74, were held March 8 at Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery Chapel in Evansville with Deacon Debbie Rohlff officiating and the United Veterans' Council of Natrona County conducting military honors.

Mr. Blakeley died March 3, 2005, at his home in Douglas after a gallant fight with cancer.

He was born April 26, 1930, in Contact, Mont., to Perry and Carolyn (Mras) Blakeley. He attended schools in Sheridan and Virginia City, Mont.

Mr. Blakeley served in the Marine Corps for 21 years, serving his country during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era.

After his retirement he worked with veterans' organizations in Nevada and Wyoming, Senior Citizens Inc. in Riverton and Oregon Trail State Veterans' Cemetery in Evansville.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; step-children and their spouses Kenneth and Kendra Jamerman and Dee and Rick Vandeventer, all of Douglas; brother Jack Blakeley and wife Doris of Deer Lodge, Mont.; sisters Colleen Crane of Reno, Nev., Helen Rybus and husband Kenneth of Glendale, Calif., Dorothy Vail of Butte, Mont., Debbie Huffman of Reno and Pauline Blakeley and husband Jim Theis of Missoula, Mont.; step-sister Maureen King and husband Carl of Missoula; grandchildren Aaron, Kelsie and Eric Jamerman and Greg and Mark Vandeventer, all of Douglas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Bob Hatfield, Chuck Banks, Kenneth Rybus, Jack Blakeley, Ken Jamerman, Rick Vandeventer, Jim Theis, Carl King, Dave Hatfield and Jim Hatfield.

The family appreciates all the friends and relatives who have given their love, support and prayers during this difficult time.

A memorial to Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 or to Home Health Hospice Program in care of Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel, P.O. Box X, Douglas 82633, would be appreciated by the family.

Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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