Memorial services for Blake Deane Kreple will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel of Early, Texas.

Blake was born Oct. 27, 1931, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Peter and Stella Kreple. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Blake had many joys in life, including golfing, riding his motorcycle, traveling the country in their motor home, reading and the love for his dogs. He was in the Lions Club for fifty years. He served his country during the Korean war.

He is survived by his wife, Mary M. McCullough Kreple of Early, Texas; a son, Matt Kreple and his wife Shelly of Traverse City, Mich.; a daughter, Kathy Goodwin and her husband Vern of Walloon Lake, Mich.; step-daughter, Karen Phipps and husband Danny of Stoutland, Mo.; and step-son, Steven Florenski of Republic, Mo. He is also survived by three grandsons, Ben Kreple, Lucas Goodwin and Jess Goodwin; one granddaughter, Kiley Kreple; three step-grandsons, Brock Chaffin, Brett Chaffin, and Daniel Florenski; five great-grandchildren, Keenan, Jacob, Melena, Adam and Dillon; one sister, Jackwin Breen of Lorall, Mich.; and one brother, John Kreple of Amery, Wis.

Blake is preceded in death by several brothers and sisters, and one daughter Teri Kreple of Walloon Lake, Mich.

Donations may be made to the Kerrville Lions Camp P.O. Box 290247 Kerrville, Texas 78029 or the charity of your choice.

Friends and relatives may sign Blake's online guest book at

Heartland Funeral Home of Early is in charge of arrangements.