Staff Sgt. Christopher Wilbur Obituary

Staff Sgt. Christopher Alexander Wilbur
Cherished husband, dad, son & brother
Staff Sgt. Christopher Alexander Wilbur

February 26, 1980 - August 12, 2016
Resided in Manitou Springs, CO
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Staff Sgt. Christopher Alexander Wilbur, 36, based out of Fort Carson, Colorado and formerly of Granite City, Illinois passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Wilbur was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson.

He was born February 26, 1980 in Granite City, Illinois.

In destiny and fate, he married, in his words, "My sweet and wonderful wife, the mother of their children, the love of my life and my most bestest friend in the whole universe", Lindsey Angele (Bishop) Wilbur on October 30, 2009 in Clarksville, Tennessee and she survives.

He graduated from Granite City High School in 1998 and had worked with friend, Jack Hoppe for several years as a drywall expert.

The dedicated United States Army veteran proudly served in the Army since June 8, 2005. Wilbur was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colo. Wilbur had served in the Army since June 8, 2005, and arrived at Fort Carson on Sept. 30, 2015. Wilbur was deployed to Iraq from December 9, 2005, to December 11, 2006, and September 23, 2007, to November 20, 2008; and Afghanistan January 30, 2010, to February 6, 2011; and February 2016 to Aug. 12, 2016.

His military occupational specialty was indirect fire infantryman and member of the mortar squad. His awards include four Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals, four Army Good Conduct medals, a National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign medals with Campaign Star, an Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, an Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas ribbons, a NATO Medal, a Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, a Combat Infantryman Badge and an Air Assault Badge.

He was a true history buff, was an avid reader and very knowledgeable of most topics. He loved the outdoors and cherished days camping, hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding. He enjoyed playing chess, watching baseball and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was a faithful and loving husband, father, son and brother and will forever be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and the service he gave to his country.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his cherished children, Alexander Wilbur, age 6 and Susanna Happy Wilbur, age 2; his father and stepmother, Richard and Phyliss Wilbur of Granite City; mother, Peggy (Bischoff) King of the Granite City area; sister and brother-in-law, Rachael and Dan VanTassell of Abingdon, Virginia; brother, Matthew George of Granite City; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Susan and Wayne Yarrow of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; other extended family, brothers-in-Arms and many friends.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Ronald and Gladys Wilbur; stepfather, Steve and Uncle, Robin Wilbur.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service and full military honors at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests memorials may be made to The Fisher House Foundation, for Families of the Fallen, 111 Rockville Pike #420, Rockville, Maryland 20850 and may be given at www.fisherhouse.org or may be accepted at the funeral home.

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Visitation
Irwin Chapel
3960 Maryville Road
Granite City, IL US 62040
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Funeral Service and Military Honors
Irwin Chapel
3960 Maryville Road
Granite City, IL US 62040
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
2:00 PM

Charities

Fisher House Foundation
111 Rockville Pike #420
Rockville, MD 20850
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
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