OBITUARY

Kaleb Bruce Wakefield

September 14, 1993January 4, 2020
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Kaleb Bruce Wakefield, 26, of Ooltewah, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Kaleb was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and raised in Ooltewah. He graduated from Ooltewah High School Class of 2012, Chattanooga State College with a degree in Criminal Justice, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with Bachelors in Business. He was a member of Silverdale Baptist Church and worked at UPS in Knoxville as an Industrial Engineering Specialist. Kaleb enjoyed disc golf and hanging out with his family and friends.

Surviving are his parents, David and Suzanne Wakefield; fiancée, Isabella Edwards; brother, Jacob Wakefield and his fiancée, Sierra Holder; maternal grandfather, Aubrey Johnston; paternal grandparents, John and Peggy Wakefield and Bob and Pam Leuzinger; aunts, Kim Dunbar, Tammy Cook and Katharina Mugrage; and several cousins.

The family will receive friends from 10 AM to 12 Noon on Saturday, January 18th at the funeral home. A Memorial Service will follow at 12 Noon with Rev. Mark Habermas officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chattanooga Humane Society, 212 N. Highland Park Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 (www.heschatt.org).

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

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joyce black

January 18, 2020

My Dearest Kaleb....
Such a joy to see the happiness which came upon your parents with your birth, the smiles continued as you grew each day into the young smart man you became. To see you again years later after time escaped was such a pleasure, again the expressions upon the faces who know you best, well, they only proved you have turned to be an extraordinary man. To have you taken from this world so tragically we all will never understand the WHY of it.... People say things happen for a reason, But this just doesn't seem justified and WE will all probably never understand the reason... My heart aches for those which loved you the closest, I know you will always be close to each of them trying to guide, support, and protect each of them. Please send them signs that YOU are okay, safe now, and will see them someday again.... help them have the strength to remember your shared moments and be able to feel your love for them and smile, laugh and have the love as it is before, help them to embrace these precious moments which are frozen in time forever a part of their souls...
Soar High, Fly Free but Always Close...

love,
joyce

Tommy Taylor

January 18, 2020

Kaleb will always be remembered for his wonderful smile, the effort he gave on the ballfield for his teammates and his love for his mom. My life and my family's life is better since Kaleb was a part of it.

Angela Mayfield

January 18, 2020

David, Suzanne, Jacob, Isabella, Sierra and family.......We are so sorry for the loss of Kaleb. Our hearts break for you all. We are very sad for the loss of an amazing young man who touched the lives of many people. We are truly blessed to have spent time with Kaleb when he came to Florida. My fondest memory with Kaleb was our night at the Daytona Cubs baseball game where Kaleb and Jacob we’re playing the funny rubber chicken game out on the field and Kaleb and the kids doing the screaming contest to win us all a free pizza. We also had so much fun and many laughs when we went bowling. We are so thankful we had those special times with him. Kaleb was a kind, caring, spontaneous, outgoing, respectful, smart, fun, and funny, goofy, genuine young man who knew how to live life to the “fullest”!!!!! We will miss Kaleb but he will always live on in our hearts and memories! ....... Love, hugs and prayers........Angela, Kyrin, Makena, and Ina

Kristina Knox

January 16, 2020

I've thought about what I would write here for a while. The truth is, there are SO many things to be said about the man You were. Not just as a person but to me. Thank you for loving so fiercely, for always being the one to light up a room with that laugh or smile, and for always putting others before yourself. Anyone who has been loved by you knows you love with your whole heart. From you and Jonathan riding the four wheeler to my house in middle school just so we could see each other to the random el matador dates to talk about how crazy our "adult" life was it was like we never skipped a beat. You are my favorite memory from my move to hunter and always will be. Thank you for filling my life with ungodly amounts of laughter and love sweet boy. To say you will be missed is an understatement. This world is a little less brighter since we lost you.

Kelsey Herrmann

January 16, 2020

Kaleb and I started dating in 8th grade and dated until our sophomore year of college. I honestly don’t have many early memories without him in them. He was such a goofy, determined, and genuine soul. He would do anything for the ones he loved. Kaleb was doing all the things in life he always said he would do and I could not be more proud of the man he was becoming. I’m still in utter disbelief that you’re gone, but you will have a piece of my heart forever. Sending all the love and prayers to Isabella and his family ❤️

Alex Martin

January 16, 2020

There are so many memories connected to Kaleb that will always bring a smile to my face. He was never in a bad mood and knew how to lift your spirits if you were feeling down. Always so supportive, genuine, driven, and goofy!! Fishing, pitchers of beer, chips and salsa, Ancient Aliens... It’s hard to write about you bud but we are so proud of you!!

Brent Templeton

January 15, 2020

Kaleb, I am not the one who is supposed to be writing this. You came into our family’s life as a small wiry and floppy little jackrabbit at the age of 7. Since that time you have not only played on many of the teams I have coached but became like a son as you and Jacob spent many days with us. I have so many wonderful memories of you and your adventurous and always on the move ways. From climbing fences, to running bases, to looking like a slinky as you would lean way over to one side to catch a ball and spring all the way back to the other when throwing it. You certainly had a form all of your own. In all the time you were around I can not remember a single time when I had to get on to you for misbehaving, maybe trying to reel you back in, but never being disrespectful to anyone around you. Through all these years I have watched you go from being this little boy whose mind was always drifting and taking in everything around you, to pulling it all in together and successfully obtaining college degrees. My biggest regret, is waiting to tell you just how proud I am of the man you became. Your time here may be over, but I know there is a huge welcoming party going on in heaven. You will never be forgotten and I feel my life as been blessed to have been able to have been your coach and friend.

Cathy Roberts

January 15, 2020

Suzanne, I remember well when Kaleb was born and I know the great pride and joy he brought to you as he grew into a wonderful young man. He was taken from this world far too soon and will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to you, David, Jacob, and all who loved him.

John Taylor

January 12, 2020

I remember running cross country with Kaleb back in middle school, hanging out on the lake, working together over summers in high school, and visiting each other in college. No matter what memory comes to mind, a smile follows shortly afterwards. Kaleb was the type of friend that made bad times better and turned good times into great ones. He will always be missed and never forgotten.

Jason Hull

January 12, 2020

I'm at a lost for words, I got to watch you grow up and I couldn't be more proud of you. The Lord took you home for a reason to soon a reason we will never know till we meet again forever missed and love "My Dude"

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Biography

Kaleb Bruce Wakefield, 26, of Ooltewah, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Kaleb was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and raised in Ooltewah. He graduated from Ooltewah High School Class of 2012, Chattanooga State College with a degree in Criminal Justice, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with Bachelors in Business. He was a member of Silverdale Baptist Church and worked at UPS in Knoxville as an Industrial Engineering Specialist. Kaleb enjoyed disc golf and hanging out with his family and friends.

Surviving are his parents, David and Suzanne Wakefield; fiancée, Isabella Edwards; brother, Jacob Wakefield and his fiancée, Sierra Holder; maternal grandfather, Aubrey Johnston; paternal grandparents, John and Peggy Wakefield and Bob and Pam Leuzinger; aunts, Kim Dunbar, Tammy Cook and Katharina Mugrage; and several cousins.

The family will receive friends from 10 AM to 12 Noon on Saturday, January 18th at the funeral home. A Memorial Service will follow at 12 Noon with Rev. Mark Habermas officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chattanooga Humane Society, 212 N. Highland Park Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 (www.heschatt.org).