Courtney L. B. (Blake) Dunn, age 27, of Parkers Prairie, died by suicide on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Pipestone, Minnesota.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2022, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music will be provided by Kristi Wussow and Jeff Roste. Please honor Courtney’s memory by attending her celebration dressed casually.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m., Thursday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie and will continue one hour prior to the service.
Courtney Lynn Becky Blake was born on July 22, 1994, to Jeffrey and Teresa (Kroeger) Blake in Waconia. She was baptized on August 22, 1994, at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Her family lived in Alexandria before moving to Parkers Prairie, where she graduated from high school in 2012. During her junior and senior years, she attended Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) at Alexandria Tech and earned her Phlebotomy Degree. While in high school, Courtney worked at McDonalds North and following her PSEO, worked with Red Cross as a phlebotomist for four years. She married the love of her life, Rory Dunn on February 21, 2019, and through their love came Brooks Nolan Dunn. Darkness and troubled souls would come between them and destroy that. They divorced a few months before Rory took his own life. Courtney spent the last four years working on a Degree in Radiology through Utah State University while raising her three beautiful fun-loving children. She gave all she could to her children and was most proud of being a very great mommy. She is now at peace and that darkness gone, please don’t judge her for the darkness she couldn’t let go. She tried so hard for many years, but God called her home to set her free. May she be remembered for the many lives she touched and saved from their own troubled souls. All that knew Courtney, knew her love of “wounded birds” and her desire to turn tears and heart break into laughter and love, which was her special God given gift on earth. Anyone that needed a hug or kind, encouraging words, Courtney was attracted to like a magnet. She gave a little piece of her heart to anyone needing to be saved. Her silly jokes or funny antics weren’t just for show rather they were tools she used to fix hearts, make smiles and heal souls. Her passion was being silly, dancing, making her babies laugh, and being with her children. She enjoyed farming, working on cars with her brother, Bailey, hunting and fishing with her dad, brother and Uncle Mark, and any opportunity to be outdoors. All of us will take care of your babies, Courtney, while you watch and guide from above. Rest in peace our Angel.
She was preceded in death by her great-uncles, Larry and Terry Metag; great-aunts, Tammy Herrmann and Lois Herrmann; grandfathers, George Blake and Milo Kroeger; uncle, Paul Kroeger; ex-husband, Rory Dunn; great-grandparents, Arthur and Anna Herrmann, Alvin and Hazel Gruenwaldt; second cousin, Monty Huntington; great-aunt and uncle, Sandra and Cliff Illig; and great-grandma, Adeline Kroeger.
Courtney is survived by her three children, Landon Blake, Adalyn Steidl, and Brooks Dunn; parents, Jeffrey and Teresa Blake of Parkers Prairie; brother, Bailey Blake of Parkers Prairie; significant other, Cal Musch and his children, Mason and McKenna all of Pipestone; Uncle Marc (DiAnn) Kroeger of Engelwood, Florida; cousins, Luke Kroeger of Florida and Trevor (Erika) Kroeger and their children, Conrad and Greta Kroeger all of Columbia, Maryland; Uncle Mark Brinkman of Glencoe; grandmothers, Jan Kroeger of Parkers Prairie and Darlean Brinkman of Glencoe; Aunt Peggy (Jorge) Leon of Seminole, Florida and cousin, Isabella Leon of Florida; along with many great-aunts, great-uncles, and second cousins from around the United States.
Pallbearers are Mark Brinkman, Bailey Blake, Landon Blake, Adalyn Steidl, Brooks Dunn, Luke Kroeger, Trevor and Erika Kroeger, Ryan “Hoss” Gaarsland, and Matt Hemquist. Honorary pallbearers are Dawn and Trina Zimmerman, Cal, Mason and Kenna Musch, Class of 2012, and all of Courtney’s family and friends.
Anyone needing help with your pain and darkness, please, please call Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.