Robert Blake — Rochester


Robert "Bobby" Blake, 53, lifetime resident of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, while working Kentucky.

Bobby was born June 2, 1958, in Eau Claire, Wis., to Robert and Avis Blake. Bobby was a 1976 graduate from John Marshall High School and also from Red Wing Vocational.

He was a proud member of Local #10 Sheet Metal Workers and worked at his trade for the past 30 years.

Bobby had a great passion for golf and was an avid golfer, and was well known on the Rochester city courses.

Bobby lived each and every day to the fullest, was a man of great faith, held total devotion for his family and friends and also touched many lives as a friend of Bill W.


Bobby is survived by his wife, Debra; three step-sons, Patrick (Liz) Bores, Christopher (Carmen) Bores all of Minneapolis and Daniel (Jackie) Bores of Mesa, Ariz. Also surviving is his mother, Avis Blake; and brothers, Randy (Cathy) Blake, Tim (Lori) Blake and Jami (Jenni) Blake. He also leaves behind his most cherished grandchildren, four granddaughters of Minneapolis and two grandsons of Mesa, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bobby was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Blake.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes (5421 Royal Place NW).

His Life Celebration will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Avenue N.W. in Rochester.

Memorial gifts will be used to provide a bench in Bobby's honor at the Eastwood Golf Course.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901. (507) 289-3600

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