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Wayne I. Blakemore
Wayne I. Blakemore, 86 of Streator, Illinois, passed March 30, 2021, surrounded by his loving family in the family home which he built in the early 1960’s.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at New Beginnings Baptist Church, Streator, with a celebration of life service to immediately follow.
Wayne and Nancy will be buried together on their wedding anniversary July 6, 2021 at Wolf Creek Cemetery.
Wayne was born to Elmer and Beatrice (Jardine) Blakemore on August 4, 1934 in Streator, Illinois. He graduated from Streator Township High School Class of 1952. Wayne began a 50 year career at Myers Sherman (now Vactor Manufacturing). He proudly served in the US Air Force from 1955 to 1959.
He married the love of his life, Nancy Radatz, whom he affectionately called “Blakey”, on July 6, 1958. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2020.
Wayne is survived by sons: Michael (Jeannie) Blakemore of Streator, Mark (Tracy) Blakemore of Saybrook, and Brett Blakemore of Streator. Grandchildren, Ruth (Jeff) Neiggemann, Anna (Dan) Cave, Aaron (Holly Cashmer) Blakemore all of Streator; Madison, Taylor, Bo and Jack of Saybrook. Also surviving a great granddaughter, Rowyn Cave of Streator.
In addition to his wife, Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ronald Blakemore and a sister June Blakemore.
Wayne was a avid golfer and a creative woodworker/craftsman having made several items for family and friends. He enjoyed his family and his Golden Retrievers, Murphy and Molly. Wayne was a man of uncompromising character and integrity.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Salem 4 Youth (Flanagan), New Beginnings Baptist Church or Wolf Creek Cemetery.
Mike Jeanie and Family,
So sorry for the loss of your dad, but now through Christ he has gained. It was a pleasure to know and work with Wayne for several years.
Andrew Urbanec Apr 15 2021 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss. Your parents were wonderful people.
kathleen Huey(Zupansic) Apr 3 2021 12:00 AM
We are sorry for the loss of your brother-in-law.
Denise Natt Apr 1 2021 12:00 AM
Mike & Jeannie and the entire Blakemore Family:
So sorry for your loss. The times that I have been around Wayne he was always such a polite and kind-hearted man. Always welcoming. Both your parents have raised well all of you well. You and your families are a true testament of their values of which they raised you and that you have raised your own families. Blessing and prayers that you may find peace in your memories. Love, Lynn & Rich Smith
Mary Lynn Smith Apr 1 2021 12:00 AM
Mike and Jeanie, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, Mike. Your parents raised all of you well, as a testament to their values. May you find peace in your memories. Amen.
Janna Rice Mar 31 2021 12:00 AM