OBITUARY

Blake Chaplin

March 1, 1969August 22, 2021
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Blake Robert Tays Chaplin, 52, of Leawood, KS died Sunday, August 22, 2021 near the Manly Beacon formation along the Golden Canyon Hiking Trail in Death Valley, CA. Blake was born March 1, 1969 in St. Louis, MO and grew up in Valparaiso, IN. He attended Chesterton Indiana High School, an enrollment of over 2000 students, where he lettered in swimming, and set the school record for the 500 meter individual event. That record stood for 9 years. He graduated in 1986.

Blake attended Purdue, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He graduated in 1991 with a degree in Engineering. He began his professional career with Jeld-Wen Door Co. in Grinnell, IA. In 1997, Blake was hired by General Motors as a Production Supervisor in the Wentzville, MO plant. In 2009, he was transferred to the G.M. plant in Fairfax, KS where he worked until his death.

Blake and his wife, Katie Rieman Chaplin, also employed at the Fairfax plant as Production Supervisor, have known each other since birth, as their respective fathers grew up as best friends in Jacksonville, IL. Blake and Katie lost contact during their youth and early adulthood. However, they re-connected in 1999, and were married June 15, 2002. They have two daughters. Brianna is a freshman in the College of Engineering at Iowa State in Ames, and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Kylie is a sophomore at Shawnee Mission East, and a member of the cheerleading squad.

Blake is known by his family and friends as energetic, fun-loving, charming, intelligent, thoughtful and kind. His enthusiasm for travel and adventure was contagious as he planned family trips all over the country. He was especially interested in antiques and historical information. He has a large collection of magnets as souvenirs from his many travels. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, various sports and especially NASCAR racing. His strong sense of patriotism, love for his country and his family identify him at his core.

Blake is survived by his wife Katie, their daughters Brianna and Kylie, his mother June Wilson, step-father Wayne Wilson, of Leawood, KS; his step-sister Jamie Wilson of Spring Hill, KS; his father Bob Tays and step-mother Gaylene Tays of Visalia, CA; his father-in-law Bob Rieman and mother-in-law Peggy Rieman of The Village of Loch Lloyd, MO; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Brandon and Marla Grimes, and niece Maggie Grimes of Severna Park, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Folds of Honor or Tunnel to Towers. Both organizations support wounded veterans and their families.

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    Monday, August 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 30, 2021

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Kristi Robinson-Lohmeyer

September 26, 2021

My heart is broken by this news. Blake and I grew up across the street from each other and grew up together. He was like family. His mother June is a very special person and was a big part of my life growing up as well. Many good memories of Blake, June and Wayne.

My sincere condolences to his family. He was a very special person and a great man!!

Sincerely,

Kristi Lohmeyer (Robinson)

Ben Russell

August 30, 2021

I am heartbroken at the news of Blake's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. I look forward to the day that we may see him again with our Father in heaven.

I was blessed to know Blake during my high school time at Chesterton. We swam together and spent plenty of time together with the larger group of friends. I have such great memories of riding around in his white SUV, music blaring as well as parties, talks and just hanging out. I was lucky to also be able to live just down the hall from him for our Freshman year at Purdue and so hung out often. We seemed to run into each other other times at after that throughout college careers and reconnecting always seemed easy. He made conversation effortless and always seemed to care how you were and how you had been.

When I think of Blake I can't help but think of his smile, his mannerisms and his fun loving nature. He was 100% himself and he carried himself in way that let you know that he loved life and cared about you as well.

Unfortunately other than keeping up on Facebook, the only times that I was able to see Blake over the last many years was at High School Reunions but no matter how many years had passed just like before you could have a conversation with Blake that seemed like you just picked up from wherever you left off. I would love to have seen him again in the last several years and truly regret that I didn't get the chance.

I am attaching a picture that was taken at one of the Class of 87 Reunions many years ago with myself, Sharon Keller Bennett and Alexa Hollingsworth Helm and Blake. I will miss him so.

Troy Comiskey

August 30, 2021

I've know Blake since 2005. We worked together in both Wentzville and Fairfax. I love all of the pictures of him smiling in the video tribute, as that is how I remember him. As a former Marine, I appreciated Blake's patriotism. He had a real love for the country. He always asked me about my military service and enjoyed my stories, or at least pretended to.
Blake was a great Father, Husband and friend. He left a very positive impression on those he touched.
Gone way too soon. Rest in peace!
Troy Comiskey

Elliot McPhatter

August 30, 2021

What can I say about Blake that has not already been said. I can honestly say that Blake was an encourager. Whenever we talked, usually about our teens we would share our stories of parenting. Blake would always light up when talking about his daughters.
No matter how chaotic our time at worked seemed to get Blake would always handle things on an even keel.
Sending my condolences to Katie, the girls, and the rest of the family.
Praying that the peace of God envelopes you during this time of grieving.

Kylie Johnson

August 29, 2021

Blake was my GL for the past year before we went out. He was ha very down to earth guy with a great sense of humor! I will definitely miss joking around with him and getting a good afternoon and have a good night from him! He was one of the best GLs I've had. Im so sad to hear this news. I send hugs and prayers to his family. He will greatly be missed by so many!!

James Griffin

August 29, 2021

One of the many things that made Blake special was he made whoever he was talking to feel like he or she was his best friend. I met Blake in October of '99 when I started at General Motors.  The auto industry was a new environment for me, but fortunately I was assigned to an area adjacent to Blake's.  I immediately felt like I was working with a best friend. Throughout the ups and downs of my career there, Blake never gave unsolicited judgement or advice. He simply listened intently, encouraged me sincerely, and made it clear that he trusted me to make the right decisions. 

I looked up to Blake, he was like an older brother to me.  With regular frequency, I found myself riveted with admiration, as he regaled me with one of his many adventures...and misadventures.  He was popular, affable and hilarious.  I wanted to be like Blake. 
 
Over the years I was blessed to form many memories with Blake.  We talked about everything from Bigfoot to the Big Bang.  Over a midnight beer, or two, or three, we solved all the world's problems...many times over.  I also had the privilege of seeing him fall in love, have children, and become an adoring father and husband.  Some of my most cherished recollections are of my family spending time with his, from tubing on Smithville lake to taking the kids Trick-r-Treating on Halloween.
  
One of my deepest regrets is that I allowed time, distance and life to separate me from contact with him over the better part of a decade.  If you have a special cherished friend that you've drifted apart from, please, take time to catch up with them.  It is never too late...until suddenly it is... 
 
I am not only saddened to hear of his passing, but...baffled as well.  It seems unreal.  How can my old friend, so full of life, be gone?  Yet, as unfair and unreal as it is, I have to count myself as blessed.  I was among the lucky few that got to share part of life with Blake.  Thank you, my friend.  I'll never forget you.

Mark Darr

August 28, 2021

So sad to hear this. Blake was an awesome friend in school and we had a lot of great times. My deepest condolences to his family. Looks like you had a lot of great times as a family and have a lot of great memories.

Diana St Denis

August 28, 2021

Katie and Family
So sorry for your loss. Blake was a great guy, wonderful husband and father. May You and the girls find peace in God and cherish your many memories.

Brian Chase

August 28, 2021

Blake was the kindest man I had ever had the pleasure of meeting. While I had only had the chance to work with him for a few months, he was always positive and had a great outlook on live. He was always so happy when he shared stories about his family, and I could tell how much he loved and cared for them. I want to send the family my deepest condolences in this loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Lee McClelland

August 28, 2021

My dear cousin, we spent much of our early years together. I remember riding in the back of Pampers sedan, no seat belts, heading out to Arby’s and giggling all the way. Then gramma set you up the best mini home theater. We had popcorn, sat together on the brown rocker and watched our shows. The one time you told me the neighborhood bully wouldn’t let you in the “clubhouse”. You were 3 and I was 8. The bully was 5, so we walked over to the clubhouse and got in. I must’ve looked really tough in that tube top and cut off jeans. We were buddies. I loved your positive attitude. Your love for your family, and your sense of humor. You are forever in my heart. Lee Lee

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