In January of 2007, Chris was diagnosed with cancer. He fought hard and endured much pain for 10 and a half years. Chris set goals for himself for example; he wanted to see and experience each life milestone with his son. Throughout the 10 and a half years, Chris kept a positive and upbeat attitude, along with a sense of humor.
Chris truly loved life to its fullest every day through the simple pleasures of chatting with friends and family, gardening, cooking/grilling and of course hunting/fishing trips with his son. He taught his son everything he knew about hunting, fishing, the value and importance of family, hard work ethic, creating life-long friendships and enjoying everyday life experiences.