Walter A. Blakley

March 20, 1925June 21, 2012

Walter A. Blakley, 87, of Connersville, died Thursday morning, June 21, 2012, at his residence.

Walter was a native of Malden, Missouri, born March 20, 1925 to Fred and Elsie Johnson Blakley. He attended Bicknell High School and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Walter was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal with Bronze Battle Star in recognition of his service with the 845th Ordinance Depot Company during the Iwo Jima Campaign. For over 36 years, he was employed as a press operator at Stant Manufacturing, retiring in 1989. Walter was a charter member of the Connersville Baptist Temple where he had served as trustee and sang tenor in the choir. He was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church and a current member of the AMVETS and American Legion. Walter was an active member of the Warren Lodge #15, F.& A.M. and the Order of the Eastern Star #346. He served as chaplain of the O.E.S. for several years and had been a member of the former O.E.S. Grand Choir.

Walter is survived by his wife, the former Jean Bowles Hunter, whom he married April 26, 1968 in Connersville; three children: Gary L Blakley of Connersville; Beth Ann Blakley of Richmond; Fred Hunter and his wife, Angie of Connersville; grandchildren: Sowesa, Amber, Jeremy and Audra; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by three infant siblings; two sisters: Nellie Sampson and Ruth Blakley; three brothers: Lee Brand, James Earl Blakley and Roy E. Blakley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Pastor Tim Billups and Eric Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Brookville, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 77 Color Guard and Firing Squad. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11 to 1 p.m. Monday where memorial contributions may be made to the Connersville Baptist Temple. Memorial masonic services conducted by Warren Lodge #15, F.& A.M. will begin the services. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to



  • Visitation Monday, June 25, 2012
  • Masonic Memorial Service Monday, June 25, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 25, 2012


  • Interment

Walter A. Blakley

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Carletta Miller

August 8, 2012

Jean, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Your friendship meant so much to mom, and I'm sure she was there at Walt's Heavenly homecoming. May the angels wrap you in their wings, and may you be blessed with peace, comfort and grace.

teresa Isaacs

June 29, 2012

to the famely and friends im very sorry to hear about walter. he was a nice man but now he is with God and in no more pain. God Bless!!!

Sally Blakley-Noble

June 24, 2012

Aunt Jean, Fred, and Angie
You 3 were the Angels on earth for Uncle Walt, now he joins the heavenly Angels.
WE will be able to hear him sing in the
Heavenly choir, and now he is preparing a place for us to meet him. My memories I will forever cherish.
Sally Blakley-Noble

Barbara Smith

June 24, 2012

I just learned of the passing of Walter. I am very sorry for your loss. The gain is for heaven and God's angels. Walt sure knew his Father in Heaven. Praise God. Love, Barbara and Hugh Smith

Brenda Plummer

June 23, 2012

Jean, Fred and Families,
You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time of separation. We know Walt is with our Lord Jesus Christ and that is where you will get your comfort and strength as you share the mixed emotions of grieving his departure and rejoicing his presence with Jesus. What a blessing you both have been to so many. I have treasured memories of both you.

Ronnie & Betty Gay Fox

June 23, 2012

Jean and family,
Ronnie and I are so very sorry to learn of your loss. Though we know you will miss Walt, you can rest assured that he is with Jesus and is still singing tenor in that glorious Heavenly Choir. We wish we could be with you during this time of sorrow, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you the peace that passeth all understanding.. We love you.........

Glenna Edwards

June 23, 2012

Aunt Jean, Fred, Angie and Family: My thoughts are with you, and my prayer is that, during this time of loss, you will draw strength and comfort from your friends, family, and most of all, from your faith in God. May God comfort you. Love you...Glenna

David Bowles

June 22, 2012

I have known Uncle Walter since I was 8 years old. He was one of a kind, and I will miss him. Probably no one was more excited about my promotion to Colonel than Walt--that meant a lot to me. Walt earned a Bronze star at Iwo Jima. For you non-military types, that is a big deal! Rest in Peace Uncle Walt.

Tina Bryant

June 22, 2012

As much as our hearts ache for the loss of this precious man, we also rejoice in knowing that the pearly gates opened and God welcomed home another Angel to watch over us. His earthly body was old and broken but now he is anew!!! He has always been an angel now he just has his wings….
I will always see your face when I look at a container of Chocolate Ice-cream..... I will always love and miss you Uncle Walt~!

Pamela Ailes Muench

June 22, 2012

Jean, Fred and Family,
I will be thinking of you and your family as you go through this time of great loss and sorrow in losing Walter. May our Lord bring you the comfort and strength so needed right now. God's blessing to you and in Christian love and prayer, Pam (Ailes) Muench (Lafayette, IN)