Charles Ray Blake II, affectionately known to us as Chad, was born September 19, 1955 in
Maryville, MO and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on November 20, 2020 in Clermont,
FL. He was the first of five children born to Charles (Chuck) Ray Blake Sr. and Martha
McDowell. After Martha’s passing in 1975, Chuck remarried Sherry Irons adding two more
children to the family.
Chad spent his childhood in Hubbard, IA. While living there, his family helped build a golf
course, cultivating his love for the game of golf. He joyfully spent many a summer day golfing,
swimming, and fishing.
After graduating from High School in 1973, he attended Iowa State University. During his time
there, he attended tryouts for the golf team and secured a spot. During his last year in college
through the influence of a friend and his sister Sharon, he met his wife Rhonda. They were
married on August 9th, 1980 in Palmer, IA.
From 1978-1984 he worked as a purchasing agent for the Highland Potato Chip company. From
1980-1990 he was self-employed as a golf instructor and college coach in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1990, the Blake family moved to Moline, IL where Chad started in the 3 year PGA
apprenticeship program as a first assistant at the Short Hills Golf & Country Club. From
1994-1996 he played golf on the mini golf tours as a professional golfer.
His goal was always to be able to teach and train other golf professionals. He was able to live out
that dream from 1996-1998 when he worked for the Phil Ritzon Golf Academy at Orange
County National in Orlando, FL. In 1998, he completed the PGA apprenticeship program and
became a member of the North Florida PGA.
During the course of his golf career, he met David Lee who transformed his thinking about the
golf swing. Soon he became a golf instructor with the Gravity Golf School. He continued to
mentor and train his golf students until a few months before his passing.
In addition to golfing, he established Blake’s Painting Company in 1998, which he continued to
manage until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
The most important aspect of Chad’s life was his relationship with the Lord. He came to
understand his need for a personal relationship with Jesus during his first week of college. From
then on, he devoted his life to sharing the joy he had found in his Savior and serving others. He
actively served at Open Door Baptist Church in Clermont, FL as a Sunday school teacher and
deacon for many years.
Chad is survived by his wife, Rhonda Blake
Children: Rebekah Blake, Michelle Myers, Aaron Blake, Nathan Blake, Wesley Blake, Justin
Blake and Anna Blake.
Grandchildren: Chandler and Aubrey Blake, Colin, Kate, Jane, Emma, and Henry Myers.
Siblings: David Blake, Sharon Wilson, Valerie Kintz, Paul Blake, Tami VanBlaircom, and Brian
Step mother Sherry Crall, and many nieces and nephews.
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