Blake Thomas Woockman, age 26, of Commerce City, Colorado and formerly of Crofton, Nebraska died on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona due to respiratory/lung complications.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. John Rutten and Rev. Timothy Podraza officiating. Burial will be at St. Rose of Lima cemetery in Crofton with military honors by the Offutt Air Force Honor Guard and the Crofton American Legion Post 128. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, at church, one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home of Crofton.
Pallbearers will be Alec Woockman, Austin Woockman, Dusty Altena, Mic Altena, Mark Altena, Som Altena, Jeff Van Kley, and Jude Woockman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Blake's 1st Cousins, Crofton High School friends, his college friends and his Air Force family.
Blake loved his heavenly Father, his family, friends, and anything life had to offer. He was born on May 16, 1991 in Yankton, SD to Terry and Maureen (Boecker) Woockman. Blake was a 2010 graduate of Crofton High School. He adored his wife Nicole (Altena), who he had met at Augustana University in Sioux Falls. They both graduated In May, 2014 and were married the following week. The time they had together was too brief. Not enough time to do the things they loved to do together. Eat out, cook food, watch Harry Potter movies, hang out with Frankie, their Cockapoo, and just be together in PJs on lazy weekend mornings. From his birth until his death, Blake demonstrated a humble and selfless heart. Everyone that met Blake loved him. His kindness, tenderness, humbleness, and his infectious grin drew everyone in. The lives he touched are in numerable. He was a hard worker--always giving 100% or more in whatever he did: ROTC, the Air Force, family, friends, and all of his relationships. He valued people and he knew how to love them well. He was bright and gifted. He played several instruments and could learn complicated codes but he never took himself too seriously. He was a playful, happy, and content young man. Blake fought hard for over 8 extremely difficult weeks, but the lung disease he had contracted finally won. Blake entered eternity with his heavenly Father late Saturday, September 16 with the love of his life, Nicole; her parents; and his mom and dad by his side. He will be greatly missed by everyone here and leave a void that will never be filled.
Blake is survived by his wife, Nicole of Commerce City, Colorado; parents Terry & Maureen Woockman of Crofton; two brothers Alec and wife Emma Woockman (son Jude) of Omaha, Austin Woockman and girlfriend Lauren Graves of Lincoln; parents-in-law Dan and Sandi Altena of Sioux Center, Iowa; grandmother Donna Maibaum of Crofton; and countless in-laws he has loved.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Ray and Lorene Woockman, maternal grandfather Alfred Boecker and maternal step-grandfather Vern Maibaum; aunt Sheryl Mueller; and uncle Loren Boecker.
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We were saddened to hear of Blake's passing. Please know that we prayed fervently for him and for all of you. God answered our prayers but not exactly how we hoped. He heard how hard Blake was fighting to stay alive but he knew the pain and misery he was in and felt it was the time for him to come to heaven. we will continue to pray for all of you and hope your faith and trust in God will remain as vital as it has been throughout this difficult time. We with God's strength and peace now and for the years to come.
Dodie and Skip McManamy ( Lauren's grandparents)
Donna, Terry, Mo, & family,
My heart goes out to your family at this time. Blake put up great fight but so did all of you. Know that you are in my prayers and Blake will rest peacefully.
Renee Jansen Hoile
I offered my Mass for Blake today, and for his wife and parents and other family members. On behalf of my nephew Jordan Mitzel, a friend of Blake's, please accept our heartfelt condolences and continued prayers.
Fr. James Morgan, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls
Blake was a great person, and my prayers and support are with all of you.
Rev. Michael D. Schmitz
Niki, Sandi, Dan and Altena family, you've been in my prayers daily and will continue to be as you grieve this terrible loss. May God grant you peace and hold you close during this very difficult time. Psalm 91:4
My husband and I both feel very fortunate to have been in Ms. Freidel's class. She was a very neat lady. Our thoughts and prays go out to the family.
Larry and Kate Kappel
I want to offer my hugs, love, and prayers to all of you ... I've never seen so many people come together in support as I have for Blake. I wish I could be there this weekend. I pray for peace.
Sharon Bogner Andersson
Dear Kaida, Niki, Sandi and Dan, and all of the Altena Family, May God draw you close to himself in your grief. You are being upheld in prayer by many during this difficult time.
Terry, Mo and family,
Our prayers are with all of you at this time. We will always remember Blake for his character and charisma while a student at CHS. He was a leader and he brought so much joy to the daily lives of our students and staff! He was one of our "go to" students when we needed student input and leadership. We shall always remember his smile, wit, and compassion for his fellow students. We continue to pray for each of you in this time of sorrow. We know that Blake is at peace now in the hands of God.
Randy and Peggy Anderson, Educators - Retired
Terry & Mo,
I am so sorry for your loss, I can't even imagine how you are feeling.
Please know that I am sending prayers for healing for you and your whole family. Blessings during this difficult time.
Pam Schlaefli (Bowers)
Dan, Sandi, Nicole and family, We are so saddened by your loss and pray that you are feeling the full measure of God's grace and comfort.
Len and Lee Rhoda
I send my hugs to you all. Losing a child means losing a part of yourself. Blake gave you a part of himself in love to fill that void. May you be surrounded in Peace in this very difficult time.
Thinking of you,
Cheryl Sawatzke Routh
Terry & Mo, and family.
So sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you.
Kurt, Stefanie, Frazier, and Peyton Krugerud
We offer our sincere condolence and deepest sympathy at this time. Blake lived life to the fullest, and may these memories help you through this difficult time.
Roger & Marina Sawatzke
Maureen & family I was so saddened to read of your sons passing. My heart hurts for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lois Quatier
We are sorry to hear about your loss. Sickness has robbed us of our loved ones resulting in their death. May these scriptures bring you all comfort. Isaiah 33:24 promises ,"And no resident will say: "I am sick." The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error." When Jesus was on earth he healed the sick and raised the dead. At John 11:25 "Jesus said to her: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." What a wonderful hope we can look forward to and may God strengthened you in the days ahead.
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