Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 27, 2012

Herbert T. Lake, 92

Basking Ridge, N.J. — Herbert T. Lake, age 92, of Basking Ridge, N.J., died Tuesday, September 11, at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, N.J. Mr. Lake was born October 7, 1919 in Jersey City. He was the son of the late Burton and the late Mary (Webb) Lake.

He was a career Naval Officer and retired as a Lt. Commander serving his country from 1937 to 1958. His naval career included being one of the youngest Chiefs in the Navy making the rate of CEM at the age of 22. Two years later he became an officer and participated in the invasion of Okinawa and in the occupation of Japan. During the Korean War he was the electrical officer on the USS Boxer (CVA21). Later he became XO and navigator of the destroyer USS Stribling (DD867), navigating her around the world and operating off the coast of Korea in 1953-54. His last duty was as Captain of the minesweeper USS Vital (MSO477). He retired and started a new career in Andover as an engineer for Raytheon Mfg. Retired again and enjoyed years of travel with his wife Janet. They settled in Murrell’s Inlet S.C. For the last eleven years he resided at Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge N.J. During that time his hobbies included furniture quality woodworking, electrical repair and even knitting baby blankets! He was quite a man and had a wonderfully full life.

Herbert is survived by his sister Ruth Schmeelk of Dumont N.J.; his daughter, Pamela Kiesel; his son, H. Tucker Lake and his six cherished grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Janet in 1999.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Service celebrating Herb’s life will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge, N.J. All funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Martin Funeral Home of Clinton, N.J.

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