Carl Lakes

October 20, 1923 ‒ October 16, 2010

Cincinnati, and formerly of Bellville, Ohio

Cincinnati ~ Carl Lakes, age 87, passed away October 16, 2010 at the Alois Alzhmeimer Center in Cincinnati. His wife Evelyn Inez (Barton) Lakes preceded him in death on April 13, 1988.

Born October 20, 1922 in Wind Cave, Kentucky to Carter and Julia Lakes, Carl lived in Bellville, Ohio for 53 years. He worked as a tool & die maker with General Motors in Mansfield, Ohio. Carl was a charter member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ohio and attended Pleasant Grove Community Church near Bellville. He was an outdoorsman and an avid golfer.

Carl Lakes served with the U.S. Navy during WWII, and was reactivated to serve during the Korean War. In 1947, he took part in Operation Highjump , under the command of decorated Rear Admiral Robert E. Byrd, Jr., as the United States Navy began exploration of the polar region that eventally led to established permanent bases in Antarctica. McMurdo Station, at the southern tip of Ross Island, the largest community on Antarctica, owes its history to Carl Lakes, and the men who served with him.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Stephen & Gayle Lakes of Cincinnati; granddaughter and her husband Elizabeth & Robby Lann of Westerville; great grandchildren Jennifer, Christine and Robby Lann; his sister Ruth Ponder and his brother Charles Lakes, both of Hamilton.

The Lakes family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Weigel Funeral Home, 980 NW Washington Blvd., Hamilton, where a service celebrating his life will begin at 7 p.m.

The Lakes family will also receive friends on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. in Snyder Funeral Home, 81 Mill Road, Bellville. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Peace at Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lakes family and private condolences to them may be made at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.