Rick Blazek

March 10, 1950April 5, 2021

Rick Blazek passed away suddenly but peacefully and surrounded by his family early Monday morning, April 5, in Orlando, FL. He was 71 years old.

The son of Robert and Lorene, Rick was born in Iowa and grew up in West Texas. He was a lifelong student and teacher who enjoyed nothing more than caring for others and empowering them to live life to the fullest. Many people knew him as “Preacher Rick” or “Pastor Rick” during his more than 20 years in the ministry. He inspired people in their walk with God, visited with the sick and suffering, and organized the best VBS programs. His wife, Joy, remembers him as a kind and gentle man, full of endless empathy and generosity. He also had an amazing and unique sense of humor.

Later in life, Rick earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and was a beloved college professor in Springfield, IL, for many years. He spent his final years teaching computer science at Florida International University and became the best friend and playmate to his grandson Eli, who was one lucky 3 year old (though Rick would have said he was the lucky one). "Papa" loved playing any and every game possible with his grandkids whether he was helping them into a climbing tree, losing in a Minecraft battle, or just answering a call to "Watch me!" He was there for all of it.

He is survived by his wife, Joy, his sisters, Joy and Jayne, his daughter, Erin and son, Jesse, their spouses, Trevor and Anne, and five grandchildren, Leo, Eli, Gwen, Penelope, and Lincoln.

Rick was a friend to all mankind.

A memorial service will be held at the family home on Thursday afternoon, and virtual attendance will be available. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lifetime Counseling Center, 505 Brevard Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922 or through their website at


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Marjie Gorby

April 10, 2021

May the Peace that passes all understanding, the Peace of Jesus Christ be with you all....
I will be praying for you all now & in the days to come... Marjie (LeDuc) Gorby

sam surfus

April 9, 2021

Although time,space and circumstance interfered with our friendship, Rick has been and always will be our friend. Kina and I shared our missionary dreams with Rick and Joy in Genk Belgium; he introduced us to our first stateside church assignment in Hindsboro, Il. Joy and Rick welcomed us in their home In Springfield, Il when we came from Atlanta to visit our favorite Nephew, John Mark when he nearly died in a motorcycle accident plus many other great times.... Rick was a genius I am very sure....Far beyond that he loved Jesus and Jesus loved him, that I am sure of too.. See you in heaven my friend.

Giri Narasimhan

April 8, 2021

Rick was a valuable member of the FIU family. He will be missed. His legacy of teaching and mentoring, however, will remain with his students for a long time.

Dianne Poe Pickett

April 8, 2021

My first encounter with Rick was when we were assigned sparring partners in our LCC karate class. Rick was my partner. We discussed a "no harm done" method of sparring using what Rick called "tickle punches".
Another encounter was when I invited Rick to join Joy Webb and me sing at a Sunday service at Williamsville Christian Church and for Sunday dinner at my parent's home. Rick made our duet into a trio. I think that might be considered Joy and Rick's first unofficial date.
Rick and Joy have been good friends throughout the years. We enjoyed visits with them at their home in Texas and their family stayed with us when they visited Lincoln.
Rick was always kind and showed up to help.
I'm grateful to God for his friendship.

Mike and Liz Durrence

April 8, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Our hearts are broken for you. Mr. Blasek was a great man. His presence and positive influence will always be felt. He was always very encouraging and supportive. I always felt like part of the family. He would even send a text to make plans for get togethers when we lived close. He is and will be greatly missed.

Gilbert Gandenberger

April 8, 2021

Our condolences to your family. Rick was one of the kindest people I ever knew.

Gilbert and Bonnie Gandenberger
Lincoln Illinois