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Blaine Thomas Radenz

May 10, 1969 — March 5, 2024

Kempner

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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Blaine Thomas Radenz, 54, passed away peacefully in his Kempner, Texas home on March 5, 2024.

Blaine proudly served the United States Army for over 20 years and was a combat veteran of the Iraq War, having served two combat tours in Iraq.  One tour with the 502nd Personnel Service Battalion at Camp Liberty and another tour with the 41st Fires Brigade at Camp Delta, earning two Bronze Stars and Meritorious Service Medals.  He was also awarded the Adjunct General Horatio Gates Bronze Medal and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara Medal.  Following his return from deployment in Iraq, he served soldiers and civilians as an Adjunct General officer at Fort Cavazos and later as III Corps Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Coordinator, Victim Advocate, and Instructor.

Blaine was born on May 10, 1969, in Fort Worth to Joe and Patsy (Brown) Radenz, the eldest of three children.  He attended Howard Payne University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1992.  He attended ROTC at Hardin Simmons University where he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in May of 1992.  While in college, Blaine enjoyed playing volleyball and serving on the HPU Supreme Court.  He made many lifelong friends while in college who remain close to this day.  Blaine's wonderful spirit and kind heart meant he never met a stranger, and all felt welcome in his presence.  

Following his retirement in 2011, Blaine continued to tirelessly serve soldiers as the U.S. Army Operational Test  Command G1, Ready and Resilient Program Coordinator at Fort Cavazos where he worked.  This is where he shared his own story of loss in the hopes of saving others.

Blaine continued his camaraderie with peers as a member of the Copperas Cove Moose Lodge, Legion #97 where he served as their treasurer as well as the Adult Chairman where he was instrumental in club fundraising for local area scholarships and the Kempner VFW, Post 3393 where he was a member of two pool leagues.  

On August 22, 1992, he married Tricia Sparks and had three beautiful boys.  Nothing made him happier than time spent with his sons Zach, James, and Daniel.  They loved fishing, camping, or hunting on the family land where he will rest eternally next to his son, Daniel.  The best days of his life were spent with his family with either a fishing pole in hand with his father or floating down the Frio River.  He enjoyed riding go-carts with his sons and nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by many, mostly his adoring sons to whom, he was their hero.  His 3 boys were the joy of his life.

Blaine was an avid reader who inherited his love of books from his mother.  She spent hours reading to him as a child.  His kindergarten teacher, not knowing what to teach this youngster to keep his young mind busy, occupied his time by having him read the Encyclopedia during class.  He was competitive in family games and was a highly sought-after partner in the many games of forty-two of which he was a master.

Blaine is preceded in death by his son, Daniel; grandparents, Joe Gus and Ella Marie Radenz, Ruby Stice and Alton C. Brown.

Survivors include his sons, Zachary Radenz (Madison), and James Radenz (Sarah); grandson, Malakai; parents, Joe and Patsy Radenz; sisters, Kimberly Bosher-Hatfield (Brandon) and Danielle Sibley; brother, Jonathan Radenz; former wife, Tricia Sparks of 23 years; father-in-law, James W. Sparks (Paula); girlfriend, April Balli; several loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday, March 13, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Sneed-Carnley Funeral Chapel in Lampasas.  Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 14, at 11 am at Sneed-Carnley Funeral Chapel Lampasas.  Burial will follow at Howard Cemetery in Desdemona, Texas with full military honors. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Central Texas Chapter (https://afsp.org/chapter/central-texas) in Memory of his beloved son, Daniel.
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Visitation

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Sneed - Carnley Funeral Chapel and Cremations

201 E 3rd St, Lampasas, TX 76550

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Funeral Service

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Sneed - Carnley Funeral Chapel and Cremations

201 E 3rd St, Lampasas, TX 76550

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