Blake Charles Johnson

October 12, 1995January 18, 2019
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Blake Charles Johnson, 23, of Houston, TX, left this world for his heavenly home around 8pm on Friday, January 18th. Surviving are his parents Eric and Tamara Johnson, sister Paige Johnson, brother Mason Johnson, and the love of his life, fiancée Katrin Kelley, all of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are his grandparents Dave and Patt Rexroad of Springfield, IL, and Martha Fielding of Auburn IL, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceding him in death are Charles Johnson, his grandfather, and Peggy Rexroad, his great-grandmother.

Blake graduated from Hope College in the spring of last year with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Political Science. He began working at Lonewolf Petroleum in June as VP of Operations, quickly adapting to his new role. Blake was a member of the National Oil Recycler’s Association (NORA) and the Petroleum Club of Houston. While he reveled in the feeling of a job well done, Blake most enjoyed the relationships he was able to form with all of his business partners and colleagues.

Most importantly, Blake was a good man, who loved deeply, laughed often, and lived well. Although his life light only shone for a short time, it shone bright. Blake was a kind, gentle soul, whose smile lit up the room and made you feel instantly at ease. Lover of rap music, twerking (only to frustrate his mom), a good cigar, and a fine scotch, Blake’s memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

Visitation is Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 S. Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL 62711, from 11:30am-3:30pm with the funeral service following at 3:30pm. Immediately following the service, a reception will be held at the Inn at 835, 835 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL. 62704. The burial will be held in Houston, TX on Wednesday, January 30th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gogebic County Victim Services Unit at 100 W. Iron St, Bessemer, MI. 49911. They were a great help to the family in the time immediately following the accident.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev 21:4 (KJV)

“Let us not look for you only in memory, Where we would grow lonely without you. You would want us to find you in presence, Beside us when beauty brightens, When kindness glows And music echoes eternal tones.

May you continue to inspire us: To enter each day with a generous heart. To serve the call of courage and love, Until we see your beautiful face again In that land where there is no more separation, Where all tears will be wiped from our mind, And where we will never lose you again.” -John O’Donohue


  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2019

Blake Charles Johnson

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Daniel Foy

February 10, 2019

Blake and I lived in the same dorm during my freshman and his sophomore year. Although we weren’t super close, I enjoyed hanging out with him and know that he was a great man.

Sending my love,

Daniel Foy

Tara Norris

January 28, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Offering my deepest condolences and sympathy to family and friends during this difficult time. Although I did not know Blake personally, after viewing the family photos, his smile seemed to be contagious and he appeared to have such a love for life. I'm sure he touched a lot of lives and will be missed by so many.

Michael Kelley

January 26, 2019

I first met Blake a couple years ago when my little sister was visiting me in London - being a protective older brother meant that I kept my distance (and a watchful eye) over Kati’s new boyfriend.

However, as anyone who knows Blake can imagine, this didn’t phase him one bit and he was just as kind and outgoing when we next met in Todi, Italy. We ended up hanging out, relaxing in the pool, and bonding over negroni’s (expertly crafted by Blake) & cigars.

Blake was funny, kind and always interested in getting to know anyone he met better - but what struck me more than anything was how well he treated and deeply loved my little sister.

I am so happy we got to spend the following Christmas together; getting to know each other better, hanging out and going head to head in fierce competition over every Mario Kart race. I promise I’ll continue the bi-annual tradition of playing Nintendo and sipping scotch you enthusiastically announced we were starting for the Christmases to come as brothers.

I will miss you dearly and will always remember how much joy you brought to Kati and all those in your life.

Much love,

Alyssa Jackson

January 26, 2019

Blake-though I only knew you well growing up in our homeschool days, those days seem to be the most vivid even as the years pass and memories build. The plays, co-op classes, game nights, and of course, the civil war ball and looking glass ball. You smiled a lot, and we all enjoyed your presence. Though the last few years have passed with no communication, I still can’t believe you’re no longer dwelling on this earth. But I trust that you are now in paradise with our Lord and Savior.
Eric, Tammy, Paige, Mason, Kati-I have been praying for you all and have asked many for prayers for your family. I pray that the Lord will grant you his peace and his comfort in this time of wondering why and hurting so much.
Kati-Though we’ve never met, my heart goes out to you. Being engaged myself, I can feel the utter brokenness and sadness of your heart. I will continue to pray for you. There is indeed a time to weep and a time to mourn.
In Christ,

Elsie and Will Norris

January 25, 2019

Eric and Family,
Will and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May memories of the treasured times you had comfort you and live on in your hearts forever. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Angela Carver

January 24, 2019

Tammy, Eric & Family
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I cant imagine what all you have been thru. You are in our prayers.
Aunt Peggy will be watching over him until you meet again.
Love you all
Angela, Kathy & Sara and Family's

Stephanie Schnepper (Bryant)

January 23, 2019

Eric, Tammy & Family,

So very sorry for the loss of your son. God bless you all as you face the hardest time in your lives. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie Schnepper (Bryant)

Nilam Patel

January 23, 2019

Although I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with Blake, he was the sort of person whose personality shone through so strongly that even after the first time I met him - early into his relationship with Kati - I knew immediately that he would be exactly the sort of kind, generous, intelligent and fun-loving partner you could only dream of for your loved ones; someone who could (and of course did) pass the test of Kati’s much-protective older brother Michael. Whilst I’m filled with immense sadness to know that Blake has passed on, I am also truly thankful for the happiness and love he brought to people so important to me. I feel privileged to have been able to know and share many a drink & joke with Blake. I’ll remember him as someone with an extraordinary patience and boundless energy to help - he would always be the first out of his seat to offer others his assistance. And that wonderful smile will forever stay in my heart. With much love to all his family and Kati. Nilam xxx

Blaine Kneller

January 22, 2019

Thanks for all the laughs.
I remember laughing until I was out of breath and gasping for air so many times when we hung out. I was always in awe of how good you were at connecting with people, you made friends soo fast! I'll never forget your genuine encouragement... it's how we met: you walked up to me as I was playing a piano in a church basement and said "Hey, that sounds really good!"
Thanks... Life leaves you dumbfounded at times, staring blankly, asking: "Why?"
God only knows.... Thanks for being my childhood/teenage best friend. I'm sitting, crying at my desk in the very room where we spent many late nights talking about everything under the sun, I am remembering it all. See you on the other side.

Kathy Bacon

January 22, 2019

I only had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Blake on a couple of occasions, but his humor and beautiful smile will always be remembered. The interactions he had with his parents and us one evening at dinner was a remarkable example of how lovingly he was raised. You are all in my heart and prayers and here if there is anything I can do to help, even months, years from now. With much love, comfort and hugs,