In loving memory of

Robert 'Bobby' Blake
June 2, 1958 - September 23, 2011

ROCHESTER:Robert Bobby Blake 53, lifetime resident of Rochester passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 23, 2011 while working Kentucky.

Bobby was born on June 2, 1958 in Eau Claire, WI to Robert and Avis Blake.Bobby was a 1976 graduate from JMHS and also from Red Wing Vocational.He was a proud member of Local #10 Sheet Metal Workers and worked at his trade for the past 30 years.

Bobby had a great passion for golf and was an avid golfer, and was well known on the Rochester city courses.

Bobby lived each and every day to the fullest, was a man of great faith, held total devotion for his family and friends and also touched many lives through Alcoholics Anonymous.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Debra; 3 stepsons, Patrick (Liz) Bores, Christopher (Carmen) Bores of Minneapolis and Daniel (Jackie) Bores of Mesa, AZ.Also surviving is his mother, Avis Blake; and brothers, Randy (Cathy) Blake, Tim (Lori) Blake and Jami (Jenni) Blake.He also leaves behind his most cherished grandchildren, 4 granddaughters of Minneapolis and 2 grandsons of Mesa, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.Bobby was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Blake.

Visitation will be from 5:00 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes (5421 Royal Place NW). His Life Celebration will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (1212 12th Avenue NW).

Memorial gifts will be used to provide a bench in Bobby's honor at the Eastwood Golf Course.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes5421 Royal Place NWRochester, MN55901(507) 289-3600


John Marshall Class of 1976 wrote on Oct 1, 2011:

"We learned of Bobby's passing at our 35th class reunion held on September 23 - 24th. Many hugs were exchanged and condolences expressed to Bobby's friends. We will keep Bobby, his friends, and his family in our thoughts and prayers. "

Kellie Haase wrote on Oct 1, 2011:

"Deb and Family, I was so sorry to hear the news of Bobby's passing....he was the nicest man!  He was always so kind to me in the years that I knew him...he had a great sense of humor and understood the value of hard work, family, and fun!  He was instrumental in my recovery because he shared so openly at the tables....I know you will ALL miss him terribly.  I feel very blessed to have known him.  I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.  Kellie Haase"

Joe Lund wrote on Sep 29, 2011:

"So sorry to hear of the passing of Bobby, have many fond memories of Bobby, the pit at country club manor, the house in bryon, he was a great guy. Will be praying for him and his family."

Lavonne (Flaskrud) Robbins wrote on Sep 28, 2011:

"Avis and family:   I have many fond memories of family events with all of you and know that Bobby will be greatly missed.  You will be in our prayers at this difficult time. Love, Lavonne and John "

Jackie Jensen wrote on Sep 28, 2011:

"We have been so programmed to grieve when a loved one passes. because we say they passed away instead of saying they passed through.  This time on earth is our time for preparing our mind, body, souls, hearts, and character to the condition necessary to have eternal life and experience supreme happiness.  My heart is assured that Bobby prepared consistently and faithfully for his journey through to the other side. What he has already experienced since he left this earth is by far the most comforting to me. You were a gentle, kind, and sweet man Bobby.  I love you. Enjoy your eternity with the one who graced you with sobriety here on earth."

Sue Fraley wrote on Sep 27, 2011:

"Blake Family, We are so sorry to hear about Bobby.  He was a fun guy to be around and boy did he enjoy his golf.  Have good memories of your times with him. Pat, Chris & Danny, Take care of your mom!  She means the world to me. Sue Kruczynski-Fraley Grove City, Ohio"