Raymond “Ray” Blackwell
November 1, 1997 – April 30, 2022
SERVICE: Saturday, May 7th at 2pm at the West Center Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to AFSP Nebraska (NE chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), https://supporting.afsp.org.
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Ray was a kind young man with a big heart who lived hard and loved harder. He loved baseball, motorcycles, guns and fast cars (pewpews and vroom vrooms). He loved his dogs, from his first puppy love Franny (RIP) to Lola, Thor, Bear, Crazy Tiny Terrorist Ted, Chad and, of course, Bruce.
He loved his job as the alter ego Joe Dirt doing janitorial at 88 Tactical, but even better was his joy at being promoted to the sales floor. His latest venture at Omaha Concrete made him so proud to be part of creating a new company, working side by side with incredible friends. More than anything he loved to make people laugh. He was good at it. And he was a big fan of BIG HUGS! He had so many friends that he loved fiercely and that loved him right back.
Ray’s short life was filled with the pain and struggle that comes with mental illness. Ray was so strong and brave and he had the tireless support of family and friends, but ultimately the disease prevailed. As his cousin Dane put so well, “He was incredibly brave to have lived as long as he did.”
Ray was preceded in death by his father Terence Blackwell, his sister Elizabeth Blackwell and his grandfather Dennis Andersen.
Ray was survived by his mother Amy Andersen Blackwell, his grandmother Linda Matson Andersen, his uncle Eric (Danica) Andersen, his cousins Dane and Kaia Andersen, his fiancé Lauren Williams and an absolute shit-ton of amazing friends.