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“Fought side by side Shannon on USS STETHEM. A great soul, sailor, and human. The universe only takes the best from us. He is onto much bigger and...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Smitty

“Hard to believe it has been almost a year, Chief. We all miss you dearly, and wish we had you to guide us this past year into our own. I like to...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeff - Dumfries, VA - Friend

“Thoughts and prayers go out to your family Blake, I'm so sorry to have read about this. I remember when you arrived to the Stethem. We were in the...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Leyes

“Rip blake you were a great person and great prayers with you and your family..steadfast and courageous..never be forgotten ”
4 of 100+ | Posted by: joe raymer - council bluffs, IA

“I am sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great guy, and will surely be missed. ”
5 of 100+ | Posted by: GM2(SW) Montminy, Robert - CA

“I'm so saddened to hear of my fellow Chief Shannon's passing!! It seems all of the good ones go early. I served with him on board USS Stethem and...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Ledwedge - San Diego, CA

“A professional and shipmate in the truest sense of the terms. ”
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris Butler - San Diego, CA

“Steve and Linda, I can't tell you how sad I am to hear of your loss. Steve and my Tom (who passed in 2004) would talk so many times about Shannon...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Janus (Fortmann-Bond) Fanning - NV

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve & Linda and the rest of the Blake family. May God comfort you through this most difficult period. We know...Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeff & Barb Peterson - Merrill, WI

“So sorry to hear of your son's passing. May the Good Lord give you and your family comfort and peace.Norb &Judy Doering ”
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Judy Doering - Merrill, WI

“Blake Family. I served with your son. He was my teammate and I considered him my Brother. Regrettably, I had lost touch with Shannon over the past...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: JP-Afghanistan

“Brother, you have left us absolutely baffled. You wore it on your sleeve Bro. This is what the team appreciated about you. You left little to...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: JP-Afghanistan

“Brother, I hope you found the peace you were looking for. You will be sorely missed, I will never forget the jokes, the shenanigans, and all the...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Jason Hippler - Riverview, FL

“Linda, Steve, and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bruce and...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: bruce giese - merrill, WI

“Blake and I raced against each other in High School Track & CC. Even though I ran for Medford High, we quickly became friends. He was a great man...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Travis Albrecht - Menominee, MI

“Shannon was a great friend. He will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace my friend. ”
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Stacie Diaz - Virginia Beach, VA

“I went to high school with Shannon. He was a friend of some of my friends. Very funny and nice guy. May the comfort of God help you during this...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: Kevin Kleinschmidt - Milwaukee, WI

“All I can say is... so many thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God bless. ”
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Pam Seis - Merrill, WI

“Shannon, it's hard for me to believe that you're gone. I keep thinking you're going to walk down the hallway on a mission to prank Sharon or jump out...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Ashley DeChelfin - Quantico, VA

“Rest in peace Brother. The Navy and the United States will be forever grateful for your sacrifice and service. ”
20 of 100+ | Posted by: YNC Christine Baumann, USN - WI

“"The Blake Family" So sorry to hear of your loss, Our Deepest Sympathy..... ”
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Tom & Deb Schulz - Merrill, WI

“Steve, Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Rick (the Waukesha man) ”
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Rick Gruetzmacher - Appleton, WI

“He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family and friends. His service to our country will never be forgotten. ”
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Charmain Winterfeldt - Merrill, WI

“I am truly sorry for the unexpected loss of Shannon. I am fortunate to have known Shannon and will hold on to the happy memories that were made with...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Kevin Blumreich - Mosinee, WI

“To Shannon's Family, I can't say how saddened I was to hear the news from my parents tonight of Shannon's passing. Even though I haven't seen him...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Bernadette (Weber) Zuber - WI

“(cont.) We remember an extremely happy and confident young man who went out of his way to make our family feel welcome on our visit to America. I...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Clive, Joanne and Sam Copeland

“It started with a phone call on Friday from our friend Cindy over in America...... "I've got some bad news, Jason's brother has passed away". Non...Read More »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: Clive, Joanne and Sam Copeland

“To the Blake Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Time heals but memories live on forever. Randy & Gay Stencil, Dorothy...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Gay Stencil - Wausau, WI

“Dear family and friends of Shannon, our thoughts are with you during this hard time. All the wonderful memories we have of him, will help us get...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Regina Alexandra Timmermann-Levanas

“Steve, Linda and family, So sorry to hear of Shannon's death. You have our deepest sympathy. Know that you and he are in our prayers. Ira & Evie ”
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Ira & Evie Rebella

“Linda and Steve - I can't even begin to imagine how you are feeling. Our sympathy in the loss of this special son. Sincerely, Mike & Helen Ourada ”
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Helen Ourada - Merrill, WI

“Sir/Ma'am, My most sincere condolences on your loss. Shannon and I were stationed together in Guam and he was in every sense of the word a good...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Luigi Mendoza - Rota

“Shannon, Your genuine caring nature and infectious positive attitude touched the lives of so many, and for that you will always be remembered. Thank...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Joseph Conway - Quantico, VA

34 of 100+ | Posted by: nora weeman - norfolk, VA

“Steve and Linda, Words can simply not express our deepest sympathy to you and your family but remember always, you will see him again on streets of...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: John and Maxine Hibner - Poynette, WI

“RIP brother-- you will be missed! ”
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Joe Rivas - Austin, TX

“Steve/Linda, as I will be out of town and unbable to attend the funeral, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend to you my deepest and sincere...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Sid Sukow - Merrill, WI

“Linda and Steve, our condolences on your loss. I will always remember sharing military stories with you and know how proud you are of his service. ...Read More »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Paul Russell - Madison, WI

“RIP, Brother! Thank you to you and your family for your service. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Chief! ”
39 of 100+ | Posted by: HMC Heidi Amato (Ret) - San Diego, CA

“From the Seefeld family to the Blake family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray for God's grace to be upon you during this time. I was...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Melissa (Seefeld) Yates - Merrill, WI

“Rest in peace shipmate, you will be missed. ”
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Seth Turnbo - san antonio, TX

“Sad to hear that you aren't with us any more Shannon.. You will be missed Greg ”
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Greg

“Rest your oars shipmate. We have the watch. Thank you for your service Brother. ”
43 of 100+ | Posted by: SHC John T. Forton USN-RET - MI

“Thanks for your contribution to our country and to our mess. ”
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Louis Childs - Washington, DC

“We are so very proud to have had you in our life Shannon. Our loving memories of you will be with us forever. You served your country with love and...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Ruby and Joe Vaningan - schofield, WI

“It is with a proud and heavy heart we say goodbye to our nephew, Shannon. Joy returns only with all the wonderful memories we shared. My Sister and...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Barb and Bill Henderson - TX

“To the Blake Family: I had the honor of attending the Quantico memorial service along with my family. I'm truly sorry that we didn't get the...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Laurence Rodea - Warrenton, VA

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this time for Shannon. I'm sure that your entire family is mourning the loss of someone so special. May...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Glenda Brooks-Tidwell - TX

“For ISC Shannon Blake, USN FINALLY HOME by WyrrtzenSingpspitation "Just think of stepping on shore and...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Beyrnelle Manthei - Merrill, WI

“We were shocked to hear of Shannon's death. I wish we could be there to give you both hugs they do help at times like this with the hurt and pain...Read More »
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Tom & Lynn Geiger - Merrill, WI

“To the family and friends of Shannon - please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences. I was a co-worker of Shannon at NCIS and although I knew...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: John Beattie

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and Shipmates of Shannon. Although I only had the pleasure of knowing him for a short time,...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: MACM Rebecca Owens - Quantico, VA

“I would like to send my condolences to the Blake family. Shannon was a great friend and a great American. The impact he had on such a wide array of...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: David Lujan

“I am truly sorry for your great loss, and pray that God will give you and your family the strength you will need in the next days and months and...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Marilyn Meyer Weaver - NC

“Shannon, Enough can't be said on the impact you've made to people's lives. You're an inspiration to many and will be sorely missed. I attended...Read More »
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike McKay - Friend

“Shannon, or Donnie as i knew him....what do you say about the guy that was larger than life? I grew up with him and all the "shananigans" we would...Read More »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Clinton Bygd - Merrill, WI

“My deepest sympathies to Shannon's family. I was his XO at EODMU 5 in Guam and he was one of the smartest and hardest working Intelligence...Read More »
57 of 100+ | Posted by: CDR Chris Merwin - Kapolei, HI

“To the family, Gael and I are very sorry for the loss of such a fine man, Sailor and friend. We were fortunate to work and live in Guam with Shannon...Read More »
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Captain Vincent Martinez, USN - VA

“My sincere condolences to all Shannon's family and friends. He was a true brother and a good friend who will be missed. ”
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Damien L. Burke

“My thoughts and prayers are with you Linda, Steve and family. May God give you strength throughout this difficult time. Shannon is so very loved and...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Nora Robbins - Merrill, WI

“I graduated high school with Shannon, and have many good memories playing basketball with him at Riverside when he was home visiting. He always was...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Dan Raasch - Rothschild, WI

“Thoughts and prayers sent to Steve and Linda and family. ”
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lepak

“To say the least our lives are better because Shannon was a part of them. Our hearts are sad for all who knew and loved Shannon but our memories are...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Denny & Dee - Merrill, WI

“I am a Navy Mother of a son who is a Chief at Ballston Spa, NY I wanted to extend my condolences for your loss of ISC Shannon P Blake, USN I also...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie - St Charles, MO

“Shannon; Don't ask me how I managed to skip your b-day - but I did remember to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR - well this year is going to suck - please...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Judi Wyland - Merrill, WI

“Fair winds and following seas brother. Stand easy, we have the watch. My prayers and condolences at your time of loss. ”
66 of 100+ | Posted by: MNCS(SW) L. Stolinski - San Diego, CA

“My thoughts and prayers to the Blake Family. I served with your son aboard the USS Peleliu. We were mere E5's. He was a wonderful human being with...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: IT1 Holly McDaniel - Chula Vista, CA

“Rest in Peace Brother.. we have the watch. EQCM (SCW) USN, Retired ”
68 of 100+ | Posted by: G.W. Davis - Irrigon, OR

“My heart goes out to the Blake family during this difficult loss . ”
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Christopher Berg - Denver, CO

“Shannon was a great Sailor, Shipmate, and Friend. He will be missed by all and forgotten by none. It was a pleasure to serve with him in USS STETHEM ...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Stephen Zeller - Tracy, CA

“From your old CA days onboard Stethem, you were a great mentor and shipmate. Rest in Peace. ”
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Rasmussen - Jacksonville, FL

“My condolences to the entire Blake family. My thoughts are with you. Bill Alexander ”
72 of 100+ | Posted by: William E Alexander - BLOOMINGTON, MN

“I am honored to have served with such a wonderful person, he will always be one who influenced my life in many positive ways. His always smiling...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Bryce Stenholm - Haymarket, VA

“Requiescat in Pace Warrior! You will be missed by all of us who new you. ”
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Dennis Davidson - DUMFRIES, VA

“My deepest condolences to the Blake family. I had the honor of serving with Blake on USS Stethem. God bless him and all those that mourn him. RIP...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: Joaquin Alvarez - San Diego, CA

“Though I didn't know you as a chief, I'm sure from what I knew of you, you were a damn fine one. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may his arms...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynford Wayman BM1(SW) Ret. - VA

“You and your family are in my prayers. I share in your grief in the loss of a brother. ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: AMCS John Klesath - Mason City, IA

“RIP Shipmate. You will be missed. ”
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Ken Williams - Tamuning

“I had the opportunity to work with Shannon on Stethem. He was always willing to help anyone out. He taught me a few things and made me laugh...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Ryan Robins - Fairview Heights, IL

“Fair winds and following seas. Rest in peace brother. ”
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Dena Hargrave - Ashburn, VA

“A true patriot and a friend. He will be missed. ”
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Kurt Roller - Millington, TN

“Steve, Linda, Kevin, Jason, Darren and the rest of the Family. We send our deepest sympathy. We will remember you in our prayers. Made God wrap his...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Jack and Denise Gabrielse

“Our deepest condolences for your loss he was a great shipmate it was an honor to serve with him. ”
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Timothy Macasero - San Diego, CA

“RIP Shipmate. ”
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Jose Amador - Spring valley, CA

“My condolences and prayers to Shannon's parents and family. With a heavy heart we let you go, but with a reverent smile we remember your grace....Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Jeff Brickhouse - Imperial Beach, CA

“God's peace, Shannon ”
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Wilson - Merrill, WI

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with the Blake family at this truly heartbreaking time. Shannon was like another son to us and we enjoyed many...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda and Curt Eckes - Weston, WI

“To the Family of ISC Blake: I did not know Chief Blake personally, but the loss of any Chief is a loss for our entire Mess. Please accept my...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Mary Ann Floyd - Englewood, FL

“(cont.) Simply put ISC Shannon Blake, USN was the type of man you want to be. The type of man you want your sons to be. I know he was the type of man...Read More »
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Johnathan Ross

“Blake, as we referred to him in our home, was a shipmate a dear friend of my father's. When my father first introduced the family to him in San Diego...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Johnathan Ross - Jacksonville, FL

“You will be missed my friend. You were a great shipmate and we served on board the USS STETHEM (DDG-63) as young sailors. All our countless time...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: OS1 (SW) HAROLD MISHENKO - CA

“Shannon, I will always remember the good advice and professional development you gave me in the 4 years and 3 deployments we experienced together.but...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: IS1 M. Nicole LeVan - VA

“It is with a very sad heart that I send my condolences to Shannon's family and friends. Shannon had a huge heart that would shine through when he...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Heather Martinsen - Warrenton, VA

“I served on the USS Stethem with Shannon, though I did not get the opportunity to hang out with him outside of the ship, I will always remember that...Read More »
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Germain Calix - Houston, TX

“I met Shannon back in July when the Chief results came out. It was clear to me through that seven week process that he truly cared about people and...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: HMC Nathan Gavin - Woodbridge, VA

“My deepest condolences to the friends and families of Shannon Blake. I had the opportunity and privilege to serve with Blake on the Stethem. He was a...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris Altarejos - San Diego, CA

“Shannon was a wonderful friend and an amazing Sailor. I am saddened to hear of his death. He will be missed/ ”
97 of 100+ | Posted by: LCDR Christopher Mercer - CA

“Chief, I still cannot believe you aren't here leading us through this hard time. We've got it from here though, and we'll hold it down. I will miss...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: IS2(SW) Jeff Campbell - Quantico, VA

“This is a terrible thing...Shannon was a great man and was always there with a huge smile and a quick laugh. I will keep him and his family in my...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Matt Higgins - St. Peters, MO

“Shannon, we will never forget you and your infectious energy and smile. RIP my brother. JT Freels ”
100 of 100+ | Posted by: JT Freels - Miami, FL

ISC Shannon P. Blake, USN, age 34, of Stafford, Virginia, formerly of Merrill, died unexpectedly on January 7, 2013. He was born on December 29, 1978 in Merrill to Stephen and Linda (Hojan) Blake. Shannon was a 1997 graduate of Merrill Senior High School where he excelled in track and cross country. He attended UW Green Bay. After attending school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 2000. From 2000-2001, Shannon deployed to support maritime operations in both Fifth Fleet in the Middle East and Seventh Fleet in the Pacific. From 2003-2004 he was assigned to the USS PELELIU in support of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom. In January 2005, Shannon was selected to join Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Five to provide direct intelligence support to teams deployed in support of the Global War in Terrorism in both Iraq and the Philippines. In 2008, he began an assignment with the Navy Special Warfare Development Group. In 2010, Shannon was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. In April 2012, he reported to the Naval NCIS as the Lead Chief Petty Officer. Shannon's decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with six gold stars, as well as numerous other service and campaign awards. Shannon enjoyed hunting, fishing, following the Green Bay Packers, riding 4-wheelers, golfing and most of all, spending time with his friends and family. Survivors include his parents: Stephen & Linda Blake, Merrill; three brothers: Kevin (Chris) Blake, Merrill, Jason (Cindy) Blake, Madison and Darren (Jennifer Robinson) Blake, Merrill; one nephew: Kobe Blake, Merrill; two nieces: Casandra and Azalea Blake, Merrill; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, January 18, 2013 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. The Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-8 PM Thursday, January 17 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10AM Friday until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given In Shannon's name for a future memorial. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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