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Capt Christopher Frank “Chris” Soelzer

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Capt Christopher Frank “Chris” Soelzer

Birth
Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA
Death
24 Dec 2003 (aged 26)
Iraq
Burial
Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota, USA Add to Map
Plot
Sec D Site 1410
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Army Capt. Christopher F. Soelzer, 26, of South Dakota, assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, based in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., killed in action while in a vehicle that was struck by an improvised explosive device, on Dec. 24 near Samarra, Iraq. Chris graduated from Sturgis High School in 1995. He graduated from Kemper Military Junior in May 1997, earning a commission as 2LT. He was a platoon leader and detachment commander from De Smet, SD, for Bravo Company, 153rd Engineers. He was promoted to 1LT in August 1999. Chris was a 2001 graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. He was commissioned CPT March 2003. Chris enjoyed hunting, especially antelope. He loved the ranch and never tired of helping his dad, whether it was building fences, stacking hay or working cattle. When he e-mailed home, his first question was always, "How are the cows?" Discipline defined Chris's life in both his job and his personal life. His faith was important to him, and he demonstrated it through the care and concern he showed for others. He loved his family, and he never missed an opportunity to be together and would travel hundreds of miles for a family gathering, and particularly enjoyed showing up unannounced on a family member's doorstep. Chris was devoted to his many friends. He was an encourager and made anyone he was with feel special. He touched the lives of anyone he met. He had a great sense of humor, and he enjoyed laughing, four-wheeling, riding horseback, and caring for his animals. Chris is our hero. He believed in what he was doing; he was proud to serve his country. We will miss him terribly. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Helen Soelzer, Joy Crisp, Leonard Collingwood, Murlene Crisp, Dr. Edward Johnson, and aunt, Lynne Welbig. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 2, 2003, at 10 a.m. at the Sturgis High School Gym. Burial with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Closed casket visitation will be at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday from noon until 5 p.m. Published in Rapid City Journal on December 30, 2003.
Army Capt. Christopher F. Soelzer, 26, of South Dakota, assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, based in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., killed in action while in a vehicle that was struck by an improvised explosive device, on Dec. 24 near Samarra, Iraq. Chris graduated from Sturgis High School in 1995. He graduated from Kemper Military Junior in May 1997, earning a commission as 2LT. He was a platoon leader and detachment commander from De Smet, SD, for Bravo Company, 153rd Engineers. He was promoted to 1LT in August 1999. Chris was a 2001 graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. He was commissioned CPT March 2003. Chris enjoyed hunting, especially antelope. He loved the ranch and never tired of helping his dad, whether it was building fences, stacking hay or working cattle. When he e-mailed home, his first question was always, "How are the cows?" Discipline defined Chris's life in both his job and his personal life. His faith was important to him, and he demonstrated it through the care and concern he showed for others. He loved his family, and he never missed an opportunity to be together and would travel hundreds of miles for a family gathering, and particularly enjoyed showing up unannounced on a family member's doorstep. Chris was devoted to his many friends. He was an encourager and made anyone he was with feel special. He touched the lives of anyone he met. He had a great sense of humor, and he enjoyed laughing, four-wheeling, riding horseback, and caring for his animals. Chris is our hero. He believed in what he was doing; he was proud to serve his country. We will miss him terribly. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Helen Soelzer, Joy Crisp, Leonard Collingwood, Murlene Crisp, Dr. Edward Johnson, and aunt, Lynne Welbig. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 2, 2003, at 10 a.m. at the Sturgis High School Gym. Burial with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Closed casket visitation will be at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday from noon until 5 p.m. Published in Rapid City Journal on December 30, 2003.


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