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Feb 21, 1922 - Nov 24, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Charles H. Blakley peacefully departed this life November 24, 2013. He was born on February 21, 1922, to Kenneth Hoyt and Pearl Theresa Blakley, of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Charles graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City and attended Blackwood Business College, where he learned bookkeeping. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard-Navy during World War II. He served in the South Pacific, including support for General MacArthur's return to the Philippines and the reconstruction of Nagasaki, Japan, after the end of the War. While on leave in 1943, he married his loving and dear wife of 65 years, Alphadene Blakley. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard, he attended the University of Oklahoma, where he obtained a B.S. Degree in Geology. For several decades, he worked in the oil and gas reporting industry throughout Oklahoma. After his retirement, he later dabbled in real estate and oil and gas land work but mostly enjoyed traveling with Alphadene, attending church functions and hosting family gatherings. In the last few years, he enjoyed his new and old friends at the Statesman Club, where he was elected to the Residence Council. Charles had one passion throughout his life - his Christian faith. This faith and his relationship with Jesus Christ were the cornerstone of his life. He acted on his faith every day and enjoyed many Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and churches for many decades. He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by his three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren: son, Larry A. Blakley, of Nashville, his wife Shirley and their daughter Lauren; daughter, Cathy Blakley, of Oklahoma City, her daughters: Traci Ketchum, husband Tom and children Tra, Ryland, and Olivia, of Alex; Kimberly Fuller, of Alex; and Magen Stewart and her husband Grant and son Adam, of Dallas; and son, Kenneth H. Blakley, of Oklahoma City, and his wife Donna and their daughters, Mary Katherine and Caroline. Charles' big smile and positive attitude will be missed by his family and the many friends and others he touched during his long and beautiful life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the . Visitation is Tuesday, November 26 at Hahn Cook/Street and Draper in Oklahoma City. Services will be held on Wednesday, November 27 at 11 a.m. at Hahn-Cook Chapel, 6600 Broadway Ext., preceded by a private family interment.

Published in The Oklahoman from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2013
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