NORMAN — Brian Joel Blomgren, 28, of Norman, passed away suddenly after a short illness Jan. 30, 2014, in Norman. He was born Feb. 20, 1985, in Oklahoma City, and grew up in Lincoln, Neb. where he lived until he joined the United States Army.
After serving in Iraq and losing many of his band of brothers, Brian returned with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Among other medals and commendations, “BG,” as his brothers called him, received a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. He was proud to have been in the first wave of combat engineers who provided trail clearance for the troops as well as creating methods of combat technology dealing with improvised explosive devices.
Brian is survived by his father, Dr. James Blomgren and wife Mary Ann of Norman; grandma, Bettie Blomgren of Midwest City; uncles and aunt, John Blomgren and wife Charlene of Midwest City, Joel Blomgren and wife Jan of Edmond and Elizabeth Blomgren of Wichita, Kan.; stepsisters, Heather Prock and husband Rick and children of Norman, Kelly Ross and husband T.J. and children of Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho and Julia Brown of Norman; cousins, Scott Blomgren and wife Tami and children of Harrah, Steve Blomgren and wife Farhana of Midwest City, Jeff Blomgren and wife Sarah and children of Edmond, Sharon Easterling and husband Rob of Topeka, Kan. and Peter Blomgren and wife Crystal and children of Joplin, Mo.; and the Carter family of Tulsa and Okmulgee, who knew and loved him. Brian is also survived by his mother, Denise C. Hay of Springfield, Mo.; his beloved “Nana,” Harriett Lucille Hay Henderson and grandfather, Paul Henderson; aunt and uncles, Trish Hay-Holen, George Hay and wife Jo Ellen of Springfield, Mo. and Joe Hay and wife Wendy of Pacific City, Ore.; cousins, Victoria Miller and husband Garen and sons, Keegan and Zade, of Lincoln, Neb., Chris Evans and wife Carrie and children of San Antonio; Jennifer Lumley of Springfield, Mo., John Holen of Lincoln, Neb., Ann Holen of Lincoln, Neb., Josh Hay and wife Brette and children of Springfield, Mo., Katherine Hay of Springfield, Mo. and Jessica Hay of Scottsdale, Ariz.
At the request of the family, please consider donating to the nonprofit national organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America or donations may be made online in memory of Brian Joel Blomgren, at iava.org.
A graveside service with military honors presented by the United States Army will be 1 p.m. Monday at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo., 5201 South Southwood Road. Immediately following, BG’s family invites you to join them for lunch and a time of sharing “Brian” stories at Hope Church, 2121 S. Blackman Road, Springfield, Mo.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Primrose Funeral Service, primrosefuneralservice.com.
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