SGT Christian “Chris” Glen Rataczak

SGT Christian Chris Glen Rataczak


Hometown / City: Scottsdale
Date of Death: July 9, 2010
US Army National Guard


RATACZAK SGT. CHRISTIAN GLEN RATACZAK, Our beloved Chris went to be with the Lord on July 9, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Cheryll and Dave Rataczak, his sister Jennifer Pixley, brother-in-law Todd, nephew Tanner, niece Hailey, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was born in Minneapolis, MN and moved to Phoenix, AZ with his family when he was five months old. He considered Arizona his home, and loved the desert and the outdoors. After high school and college, he joined the Arizona National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan where he served for a year as an Apache helicopter mechanic. Chris was full of life, and energy, and he cherished the time he could spend with family and friends. He had a large circle of friends inside the National Guard and with-in the civilian community. His special time was playing with his nephew and niece. They adored him as much as he loved them. He and his sister had an extraordinary bond that was strong and enduring. Every day was an opportunity to him, and looking forward to the next day always energized Chris. He never met a person he didn't like, and everyone he met loved him. Wearing the uniform of the United States Army, and serving his Country, was something he never took for granted. He was an outstanding soldier and looked forward to a long career. Chris worked for Dillon Aero of Scottsdale AZ, a defense related Company. Working for Dillon and being in the Army was a perfect combination for Christian. He thought his job was awesome. His special calling was looking out for people, and doing whatever he could to make sure his friends and family were taken care of. No task was too big for him to accomplish. His smile was ceaseless and disarming. Chris was a beautiful gift from God whose life will never be forgotten. He was smart, caring, happy, and the best Son, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin, and friend any family could ever ask for. We love you Chris, and will always miss you. And we shall forever cherish the time we had with you on earth. You were the wind beneath our wings. Mom, Dad, Jennifer, Todd, Tanner, and Hailey, extended family, and your world of friends. A memorial service will be held at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Rd., Scottsdale, AZ, 85255 at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2010, with interment following at the National Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ. Arrangements have been made by MESSINGER MORTUARIES, SCOTTSDALE, AZ

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