|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1986|
|Death: ||May 26, 2008|
United States Army Ranger, Specialist Christopher Gathercole, of Santa Rosa, California. Christopher, known for his wonderful smile, and toddler mischief, was extremly close to his brother Edward and they were inseperable. Family circumstances eventually seperated the two brothers and Christopher had a rough childhood, spending much of his growing up years in foster homes. Seperated from his only brother and family, in his teens, he entered a treatment house for troubled teens and turned his life around. He attended Piner High School and joined the Army in October 2005, hoping to improve his options in life. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was then assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash. He was a lightweight machine gunner, which meant he spent long, tense hours behind a powerful MK46 automatic machine gun atop a Humvee. His honors included the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. Christopher made friends easily and joining the Army seemed to have turned his life around. He re-bonded with his family in 2002 and when home on leaves, people noticed he had direction in his life. He had formerly believed too much in others, which was not returned. He died in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire during combat operations. Chris is survived by his brother, Edward; sisters Jennifer Daly and Sarah Ferrell; grandmothers Maryann Haines and Heidi Moore; devoted CASA Terry Vail; Partner in Heart Victoria Nickel; Aunts Charlene Haines, Candace Wilson, Claudette Biemeret, and Nancy Giordano; Uncles Gordy Giordano and John Wilson; cousins Amber Haines, Emily and Sophia Wilson and Sharmagne and Todd Sterbens; niece Ahnna Peterson; second cousins Cheyenne and Sierra Sterbens; Stepdad Stan Ferrell; Uncle Bill Ferrell; father Eddie Ray Gathercole and mother Catherine Ferrell.
Christopher was laid to rest near his grandfather, Charles Haines, an Air Force veteran who died in 1989.
Santa Rosa Memorial Park
Plot: Veteran's Section
Created by: Sue
Record added: May 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27163228