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Robert "Erick" Blake, 35, of Shenandoah, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Funeral celebration of life services will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nishna Valley Christian Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Jack Langley officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening, April 16, 2018, at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Open visitation will be held Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Athelstan Cemetery at Athelstan, Iowa. A memorial is being established in Erick's name.

Robert Eric Blake, son of Robert Edward and Tammy Sue (Smith) Blake, was born on July 4, 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska. He entered into rest on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the age of 35 years, 9 months, 4 days.

After his birth, Eric joined his family in Gravity, Iowa where they lived before moving to Bedford, Iowa. He attended kindergarten through 2nd grade in the Bedford Community School District. Before the start of his 3rd grade year, the family moved to Farragut, Iowa. From 3rd grade through graduation, he attended Victory Life Christian School. He graduated from Victory Life with the Class of 2001.

Following graduation, Eric attended classes at Iowa Western Community College. He began working at Burger King and Beecher Chevrolet right out of school. He also worked at McDonalds, NSK in Clarinda, Iowa and then in later years worked at Eaton Corp and was currently working at the Pella Windows and Doors plant in Shenandoah as a molder operator.
An avid outdoorsman, Eric loved to fish and hunt deer, pheasants and turkey. He also enjoyed playing Xbox. In his younger years, he loved to write stories and songs, play baseball and act in school plays. He was a member of the Fellowship Church in Oakland, Iowa, previously known as FFCC- Fellowship of Faith Christian Center.

Preceding Eric in death were his paternal grandparents, Robert and Beatrice Blake; maternal grandparents, Cecil and Bonnie Smith; and an infant brother, James Edward Blake. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Ed and Tami Blake of Farragut; sister, Amy Blake of Farragut; two brothers, Matt Blake and fiancé Caitlyn Wiegel and daughter Morgan of Shenandoah and Michael Blake of Farragut; fiancé, Tammy Hilgerson of Shenandoah; children, Amberh Pruett and husband John of Essex, Cory Schlup of Clarinda and Libby Yost and fiancé Joey Baumli of Ravenwood, MO; five grandchildren, Hayley, Kiley, Kenzley, London, Tyson and a sixth, Mia Erica, to arrive in July; aunts, uncles, cousins, brother and sister-in-laws; other relatives; three pets, dog, Molly and two cats, Bella and Cosmo; and many friends.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

16

Apr

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Open visitation will take place from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with the family greeting relatives friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. There will be no viewing.

Service

Tuesday

17

Apr

10:30 AM
Nishna Valley Christian Church

415 N. Fremont St
Shenandoah, Iowa 51601

Celebration of Life Funeral - There will be no viewing.

Cemetery Details

Location

Athelstan Cemetery

917 11th Street
Athelstan, IA 50836


Memorial Contribution

A memorial is being established

P O Box 277
Shenandoah, IA 51601
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