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Gale Blake Fengel

Canton – Gale Blake Fengel, 91, of Canton, passed away at 3:40 PM on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Manor Court. He was born on September 19, 1927 in Canton to Gale E. and Frances (Spenny) Fengel. He married Lorraine M. Walsh on June 12, 1954 in Canton, IL she preceded him in death on July 15, 2018.

Also preceding him in death were his parents, and two brothers, Gene and Ray Fengel.

Surviving is one son, Brain (Tanya) Fengel of Peoria; two grandchildren, Emily and Blake Fengel; one brother, Don Fengel of Canton; and one sister, Rose Marie Fengel of Canton.

Blake worked as an electrician at International Harvester for 30 years, 10 years in the construction field, and also farmed with his brothers. He was a member of the IBEW for 68 years, the Bartonville American Legion Post 979, Canton VFW Post 1984, Illinois Retrievers Hunting Club, American Kennel Club, and the Hunting Retrievers 1000 Club. His dog, Northern Exposure’s Hershey, earned a “Master Hunter” certificate.

Blake served in the Navy during World War II on the LST 125 in the South Pacific. He earned two medals, American Campaign World War II Medal and Atlantic Pacific Campaign Medal. Blake was on the first test of the atomic bomb in the Bikini Islands.

A celebration of life will be held from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Joe’s Place, 275 S Old IL Hwy 78, Norris, IL 61553. Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence. To view Blake’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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  • Greg & Jill Laird

    Reply August 12, 2019 6:28 pm

    Sending prayers and healing wishes to Brian & Tonya and their family as well as Don & Rose Marie. Uncle Blake was dearly loved and will be missed by our family. He was not only a WWII hero but a hero to all of us. 💙🇺🇸

  • B d milligan

    Reply August 13, 2019 7:46 am

    With a tear in my eye and a smile on my face I was in awe of this fine man
    He kept the class in class and the honor in decency ! I knew him for ten years and he was always the same
    He would say to me Hey Bobby let’s go to Joes for lunch ! He always would have no part of you paying either ! He was just that class of an act ! I cried when I heard the news but I’m glad to have known him ! This country was built off of men’s character like Mr Blake ! He will be missed and he did make a difference in my life ! Love goes out to his son who has also given his life to make the world safer and just for all And his family as Well
    God has a special place for himI know.
    Peace and condolences to his brother Mr Don ! They met everyday as brothers to pay tribute ! What some great Americans these men were and are ! living by a code of ethics ! He will be sorely missed ! Bd

  • Mary Jo Spenny Lewellen

    Reply August 13, 2019 12:17 pm

    Brian and Family, Bill & Rose Marie. Prayers of peace from Wayne Spenny and Family.

  • Mike and Mary Oyer

    Reply August 13, 2019 6:17 pm

    Your family is in our prayers. You are now the Patriarch to carry on his legacy. You will do him proud as he watches over all of you from heaven above.

  • Richard Pletz

    Reply August 14, 2019 2:30 pm

    Blake and the Fengel family have been apart of my life over 40 years. I will never forget getting chewed out by Blake when Brian and I decided we could 4 wheel the Cub Cadet over the creek. Blake always took time to talk with me when he saw me. I have walked in your shoes and have spent time reflecting on the loss of some of our loved ones. I have learned that no matter what happens in your life be thankful that you were allowed the time you had with your loved ones. You will always have the memories in your head and the love in your heart that will last a lifetime. Oh,,and Blake’s voice cussing us out. Rich and Bridget Pletz

  • Jeff and Denise Gall

    Reply August 14, 2019 5:41 pm

    Brian, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy.

  • Rebecca A Billings

    Reply August 20, 2019 12:44 am

    If am not mistaken he was a neighbor to my Grandma Benice Mcmahon Sudrala he gave me juicy fruit gum and spearmint gum as a child road my bike up the road RR2 Canton Illinois he raised sheep then he seemed old then nice guy prayers for you and your family

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