We would like to thank our families, friends and neighbors, Jewel-Osco in Sugar Grove, Orchard Valley Community Church, the Kaneland Community and neighboring communities, Blake’s many friends, classmates, students and staff at Kaneland High School and Middle School, for your overwhelming support and generosity as a result of our tragic loss of Blake. Your continuing thoughts and prayers have helped us to endure this inconceivable loss.
We are thankful that we were given 17 years, 4 months and 20 days with Blake, and we are so proud of him. When Blake was not going to school or working at Jewel, he enjoyed life to the fullest with his many interests including baseball, basketball, football games with friends, fishing, going to movies, golfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, bowling, dinners at Buffalo Wild Wings and watching Green Bay Packer games. He truly embraced the many things life had to offer.
Academics came easy to Blake. He was focused on a career in financial accounting, planning to attend Waubonsee College for two years and then on to the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Blake was intelligent, had a great sense of humor, was level-headed, caring, honest, responsible, respectful and mature beyond his years. Hearing time and again about Blake’s great smile and laugh and the positive impact he had on so many people he came in contact with has been a true testament of his great character.
Blake set an impeccable example for his younger brothers to follow. They looked up to him so much.
We all miss him terribly, and we know many of you do as well. It’s difficult to express how truly thankful we are to all of you for your heartfelt support and generosity, and we’re amazed by the strength and character exhibited by the classmates who had to endure this double tragedy of two friends, Jeff and Blake. Our only comfort now is knowing that Blake lived a wonderful life, which was far too short, and has left us with many wonderful memories. Life will never be the same for us, but we know Blake’s smiling down on us all now from Heaven.
The family of Blake Allen Denton