Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Chris J Workman

Boise, Idaho

April 19, 2012

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
33 Army Sgt

2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division

Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii

 Killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when their Black Hawk (UH-60) crashed.

From magicvalley.com 05/03/12

Sgt. Chris John Workman

OAHU, Hawaii Sgt. Chris John Workman passed away April 19, 2012, in the line of duty serving in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Workman was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade in Hawaii, where he was a gunner on a Blackhawk helicopter.

Sgt. Workman was born Jan. 15, 1979, in Rupert, Idaho, to John Ross and Anna Workman. Chris attended St. Nicholas Catholic grade school and West Minico Junior High and graduated from Minico High School in 1997. Chris and his older brother, Harry, were best friends growing up, being only 18 months apart. They loved doing everything from hunting, fishing and hanging out together. Every moment they had was truly special, especially being with their Dad while hunting and fishing.

When Harry married his wife, Sharlie, Chris was blessed with two nieces, Aubree and Sophie, whom Chris adored. Chris graduated from Idaho State University in 2003 with a business degree. After graduation, Chris worked for Alliance Title Company and Title One Company. Chris fell in love with Camille Rudeen in Boise, Idaho, and was determined to make her his bride. On Nov. 14, 2009, they were married in Maui, Hawaii. With their union, Chris gained a stepson, Cole, whom he loved very much. Chris and Cole had a great relationship, learning so much from each other. Cole loved having Chris as a stepfather, and he learned so much about life and the military from him.

As a little boy Chris dreamed of becoming a soldier, but his official military career began in 2008 when he joined the Army Reserves at Gowen Field in Boise. The Reserves solidified his desire to become an active duty soldier. The following year, he enlisted in active duty service and was assigned to Schofield Barracks in Oahu, Hawaii. He was initially assigned to the 8th Military Police Brigade, 71st Chemical Company, and later transferred to the 25th Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade. Chris was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2012.

As family and friends, we were blessed to be together this past Christmas when Chris, Camille and Cole came home to Idaho to spend the holidays. We all have such great memories of humorous moments and quirky happenings. Chris had the pleasure of hunting and fishing with his dad, his brother, Harry, and Cole over the holiday break. They also loved to play their video games, being quite competitive with one another. Spending this time together was such a joy and a gift of opportunity for Chris.

Chris was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Harry F. and Ruby E. (Gabardi) Workman; and maternal grandparents, John J. and Georgia Christ. Chris is survived by his wife, Camille of Wahiawa, Hawaii; stepson, Cole of Olathe, Kan.; in-laws, Dr. Randall and Kathleen Rudeen; sister in-law, Jessica Rudeen; and nephew, Chase Ireland, all of Meridian; parents, John and Anna Workman of Rupert; brother, Harry and his wife, Sharlie and nieces, Aubree and Sophie Workman, all of Kuna; and cousin, John N. Christ of Rupert; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life with military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Eagle Christian Church in Eagle, Idaho. The celebration is open to all who want to pay their respects to the family. A reception will follow for family and close friends. The burial, with military honors, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the Rupert Cemetery in Rupert. Friends and family are welcome to visit with the family after the service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial contributions be made in honor of Sgt. Workman to The Wounded Warrior Fund, woundedwarriorproject.org or The Sgt. Chris Workman Memorial Scholarship fund in care of any First Federal Savings and Loan institutions.

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