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Joseph                                  Henry "Joe", Blaskie, Jr.

Joseph Henry "Joe", Blaskie, Jr.
  • February 27, 1919 - January 20, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Your service in WWII still means so much to our nation. Rest in peace and thank you for your service. From a grateful American. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Firkus - Sealy, TX

“My Deepest condolences to Joyce and family and friends.Love Cheryl ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Cheryl Spears - Springfield, MI

“My Deepest condolences to Joyce and family and friends. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Cheryl Spears - Springfield, MI

“Dear Joyce,So sorry to hear about Joe's passing and hope that you are doing OK.It was great seeing you and Joe at the resturants. Please take care...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Betty Black - Battle Creek, MI

“with deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, may it comfort you that they'll be restored to youth and vigor promised in Job 33:25 ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: sabrina g

“Though our visits were infrequent, please know that Phyllis and I always loved the conversations and times we spent with you and Aunt Joyce. We will...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Wayne and Phyllis Orrison - IL

“May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Demetrius C - Chula vista, CA

“Lisa, Dan, David and Kenny,So sorry to hear about your Dad. He lived a good long life.Love, Linda (Simonds) Myers ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Simonds Myers - Howell, MI

“Kenny...my condolences to you and your family.Your Dad was a good man. He was my stepfather-in-law for a short time. Rest in peace Joe ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Penny(Ostrander) Robinson - FL

“I am so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Julie Church - Battle Creek, MI

“Very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you, your family and friends at this time, and be comforted by the memories of your...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: A. B

“Sorry for the lost of your dear love one.The Bible gives us a hope it is found at John5:8-9. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Pamela Cotton - Cincinnati


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Joseph Henry "Joe" Blaskie, Jr. of Battle Creek, MI

Joe, age 97, died Friday morning January 20, 2017 at his residence and with his loving family at his side.


Joe, the son of Joseph H. and Mary (Kubiak) Blaskie, Sr., was born in Detroit, MI on February 27, 1919 and was a graduate of St. Charles Catholic High School of Coldwater, MI. He served his Country honorably and nobly during World War II in the United States Army as a Sergeant with the 126th Infantry (Awarded his Combat Infantry Badge) in the South Pacific Theater. Joe was an auto body mechanic, first owning his own shop and then working for Smith's Auto Body Shop. He also worked for his brother at Burt's Glass Shop and finally retiring in 1994. Joe was a member of St. Philip Roman Catholic Church; the Knights of Columbus, Third Degree having joined in Saugatuck, MI and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed camping with their motor home, hunting and fishing. Almost every weekend possible, he went to Saugatuck to fish off their boat on the Big Lake, Lake Michigan.

Joe was united in marriage to the former Joyce M. Orrison in Middleville, MI on April 15, 1972. Surviving is his wife of 44 years, Joyce; four sons, Steven Blaskie of Phoenix, AZ, David Blaskie of Ann Arbor, MI, Dan (Deanna) Blaskie and Ken Blaskie, both of Battle Creek ; several grandchildren; a step-daughter, Kathy (Gary) Townsley of Cincinnati, OH; his sister, Ann Cuendent of Coldwater, MI and several nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and four brothers.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 92 Capital Avenue, NE, Battle Creek with Father Robert Johanson, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI with the United States Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard bestowing full military honors. Joe's family will greet friends on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until Mass Time in the Church Vestibule. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting Joe's family with his arrangements.