|Cpl. Christopher E. Esckelson
United States Marine Corps
KIA 28 December 2006, Iraq
|Cpl.Christopher E. Esckelson, U.S.M.C, Vassar, Michigan Age 22, gave his life for his country while
defending his fellow Marines on Thursday, December 28, 2006, in Fallujah, Iraq. Christopher was
born December 30, 1983, in Saginaw the son of David E. Esckelson and Michelle M. "Mitzi" Lich. He
attended St. Michael's Lutheran School in Richville prior to transferring to Vassar High School,
graduating in 2002. During high school, he played football for four years at defensive tackle, baseball
for four years as an outfielder and catcher and basketball for two years. He was also a member of St.
Michael Lutheran Church in Richville and the Frankenmuth Bible Church and had been employed with
Zhender's, Abercrombie & Fitch and Wolverine Human Resources. In October of 2002, Christopher
joined the US Marine Corp Reserve and then attended Delta College at all three campuses in Bay
City, Saginaw and Midland desiring to become a doctor, prior to being called to active duty in April of
2006. He was extremely proud when he became a Marine and he believed 110% in service and
dedication to his country. Christopher was an avid hunter and fisherman and he enjoyed camping. He
was a "go-getter" and a natural leader. He will be missed by all who his life touched. Left to cherish his
memory are his father: David E. Esckelson of Vassar, mother: Michelle M. "Mitzi" and husband
Christopher Hill of Vassar, brother: Craig E. Esckelson and girlfriend Heather Curtis and their
daughter, Hailee Marie all of Vassar, sister: Kerry M. Esckelson of Vassar, two stepsisters: Rachel and
Laurin Hill both of Vassar, Christopher's girlfriend of three years: Samantha Reasner of Owosso, two
grandmothers: Esther Esckelson and Esther Lich both of Vassar, special childhood friends that
attended St. Michael's: Scott Janson of Reese, Terry Sella of Auburn Hills, Vassar High School friend:
John MacArthur, Marine brother: Todd Pirich, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Christopher was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Lawrence Esckelson and Henry Lich.
|Jan 25, 2008
SFC Rod Brewer
Christmas in Arlington... Rest easy, sleep well my
brother. Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace,
and farewell. Chris, You Will Not Be forgotten... Swammie says Hooah....
October 5, 2007
Cpl Robert Ortega
In Honor Of Cpl Christopher E. Esckelson
CPL ESCKELSON (THEE ALPHA MALE)
DAM.................... BROTHER NEVER DID I THINK I WOULD SIGN YOUR
MEMORIAL PAGE. MAN I WISH YOU WERE HERE. I WISH WE COULD PARTY, AND GET
HAMMERED DRUNK. HA HA. AS YOU USED TO SAY. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON'T
THINK OF YOU AND THE REST OF OUR FALLEN BROTHERS. YOU'S TAKE CARE OF
EACH OTHER UP THERE. I'LL SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOU. AND DON'T FORGET TEGA
RUN'S THIS BITCH. ORTEGA, OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 13, 2007
I am a Mother of a Marine and Grandmother of a Soldier. Both of been deployed to Iraq. My son has
been deployed to Iraq twice.
My grandson has just returned a month ago from Iraq after being deployed for a year. No words can
express how sorry I am about the death of Cpl. Christopher E. Esckelson. This is to his family and
friends. My heart aches for you as I am a Mother and a grandmother. May God give you
strength to carry on. God help you in your loss.
January 12, 2007
Chris, you were a ray of sunshine that will shine so
bright where ever you are. I am so glad our paths crossed and I was able
to meet such a wonderful and caring person.
Thank you for fighting for my freedom......I wish you were still here.