Christopher Edward Deckard, 26, died Sunday, November 25, 2012.  He was living in Grand Forks, ND at the time.  Christopher was born February 3, 1986, to proud parents, Edward and Brenda Deckard in Fargo, ND.  He grew up in the embracing arms of the First Presbyterian Church, further supported by his Boy Scout and 4-H club families and academic communities of Clara Barton Elementary, Agassiz, Discovery, and South High schools in Fargo.  A constant guiding light in his early academic life was Michelle Vannote.  Chris also graduated with Honors from Minnesota State Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He worked with several plumbing companies in Fargo and Grand Forks, where he earned his Journeyman license of which he was very proud.  Christopher also gave back to the communities through many volunteer and service activities.

    He married Sara Miller, in Fargo, ND, and they have three beautiful daughters: Kendalyn, Abigail, and Charleigh.  In addition to Sara and his daughters, he is survived by his parents; grandparents, Louisa Deckard (Bloomington, IN) and Edna Waslaski (Valley City, ND); god-parents, Michael McMullen and Marcia McMullen, sisters, Jennifer Dynes(St. Paul, MN) and Kristine Malia (Bloomington, IN); nephews, Robert and Mason; and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends.  Christopher was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Nellie Montgomery; grandfathers, Ernest “Pat” Deckard and Eddie Waslaski; and “Grandma G”, Racheal Gregoire.

    Christopher joined the North Dakota Army National Guard Unit 141 MEB and was trained at the chemical, biological, radiation, and nuclear school. 

    The First Presbyterian Church was important to Christopher, where many friendships and memories developed.  Family and traditions were very important to Christopher.  He passed on those traditions to his children.   Road trips to extended family members provided wonderful memories, as did many other family visits.  Christopher was loved by his family, his church family, as well as his National Guard family; everyone will always remember his sensitivity, kind and generous heart, contagious smile, sense of humor, artistic flair, and ability to imagine.  Christopher was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, and he was extremely proud to be a husband and father.   Christopher will be missed by many but his light will shine on and on forever.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Christopher’s name.

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  1. Glendale CAEd and Brenda,

    We are all saddened by the news. Christopher was bright young man full of potentials. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.


  2. manawa wiFox Co 1st plt -Ruff Riders
    As spending lo weeks with Chris, he will be missed! My prayers go to the families.. Let the Lord be your strength in this tough time.
    ~God Speed
    Pg Bonikowske (Captain America)

  3. We just heard the news today…I am so very sorry for the loss of someone so young and so dear to your hearts. Chris worked with my husband in Grand Forks and we always had a special place in our home for him. We are praying for peace to your family, now and in the years to follow. God bless you, Chris.

  4. Dear Ed and Brenda,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your dear son, Christopher.

    I cannot fully understand the deep sadness that his passing has caused you and your family. I hope that all the good memories you’ve had over the years, combined with the strong support and love of friends and family can help sustain you through this most difficult time.

    Please know that you, Christopher’s wife, daughters, and extended family will be included in my prayers for your comfort and healing.

    Mark Boetel

  5. Ed and Brenda:

    Words are never enough in the loss of of loved one, but I hope that you will receive some small comfort knowing that your friends at ND
    SU are all thinking of you and care so much about you both.

    My prayers are with you – may loving memories of your son give you comfort as you continue on.


  6. NDSU, Fargo Ed and Brenda and Family,
    You guys have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. I am so sorry about your loss, and I wll continue to keep you in my prayers.

  7. Elk River MN
    Dear Ed,Brenda, and family,
    Our family was so sad to hear about Christopher. Our memories of him are of a cute, curly haired fun-loving neighbor boy! Know that our heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time. Hugs, Sherry and Bill Ames and family

  8. Fargo ND
    I was very sad to hear of Chris’ death. Chris was my student at South High. He was one of those students that a teacher does not forget. My sincere sympathy to your entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Susan Brudvik

  9. Fargo ND
    Dear Brenda and Ed,

    My sympathies to you on the loss of your son, Christopher.

    Your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Pam Hommen

  10. Johnston IADear Brenda and Ed,

    We are so sorry to learn of Christopher passing. He was a warm and gracious boy who will be missed not just by you but by all who knew him.

    With my deepest sympathy,

    Jingkai and Wei

  11. fargo ND
    To our dear friends Ed and Brenda and your family and Chris’s family,
    Our hearts ache at your loss and we offer up prayers for strength during this most difficult time in your lives. We are thankful for his strong family and faith and pray you will find comfort in many wonderful memories. We send our love and hugs—The Lawrence Family from First Pres as well as Langdon connection.

  12. Fargo N.D
    .Dear Brenda and Ed,

    We wanted you to know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time and that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    Love and Prayers Always
    Christy and Elias

  13. fargo ndDear Brenda and Ed,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your son, Christopher. We are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers during this sad and difficult time.

  14. Moorhead MN
    My dear Brenda and Ed, Words cannot express my sorrow nor your pain at the loss of your son. I cannot imagine what you are going through.

    Your Mary Kay sisters are praying for the Lord to wrap you in his loving arms and to comfort you both with happy memories.

    Christopher must have been one amazing young man for the Lord to call him home so early in life while we all have to wait and do our time here on earth.

    Mary you two and his entire family including his darling children find peace and comfort in the Lord’s promises of eternal life,

    God bless you all
    Karen Paluga-Larson

  15. Fargo Dear Ed, Brenda, and family,

    May all of God’s peace and comfort be with both of you and your family at this time.

    I never met Christopher, he looks so much like the both of you. I can only imagine how proud you are of him and everything he created for his family and himself.

    I hope you know there are so many of us here at ND
    SU that feel your grief and will certainly keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Bred & Edna —

    Please know that you are in all of our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

    Also please know that any of your girls are here for you if you need anything!!

    Take care and we all love you very much!!

  17. Fargo ND
    Dear Brenda and Ed,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.


  18. Vergas Mn.Dearest Ed and Brenda,
    I am so saddened to read about the loss of your precious son Christopher. He was so wanted and loved by your family , I only remember him as a little guy, but listened often as you spoke about him and his darling little girls.
    You are all in my prayers and thoughts, and may his memory live on thro all of you.
    Gods peace be with you.

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