Patterson, Christopher A., SPC SPC Christopher Alexander Patterson, age 20, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012 while proudly serving his country in the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. He was born April 17, 1991 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Robert and Mary (nee Schneider) Patterson. A 2009 graduate of West Aurora High School, Christopher was continuing his studies in music education at Valparaiso University in Indiana. He was a member of professional music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and toured with the school's premiere vocal ensemble, the Chorale. Christopher also composed and arranged music with a cappella group VuVox and for the West High STUDy Hall Choir. Christopher was co-captain and first board for the West High Chess Team and was honored to be under the tutelage of Robert Payne. Coming from a strong military family, Christopher enlisted with the Indiana National Guard and served as a 12B Combat Engineer with the 713th Engineering Company (Sapper) based out of the Valparaiso Armory. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Mary Patterson of North Aurora; his three brothers, Carl Patterson; Sean (Anna) Patterson of Plainfield, IN; and Thomas (Robyn) Patterson of Indianapolis, IN; his paternal grandparents, Durland and Sally (nee Clark) Patterson of Plainfield, IN; his maternal grandparents, Jim and Claire (nee Dux) Schneider of Wild Rose, WI; his godparents, Kathy and George Jirasek of Wild Rose, WI; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He is also survived by his "adopted" siblings, Billy Czech, Aaron Foster and Candace Robinson. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 20, 2012 from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road in Batavia. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. In honor of Christopher's love of music, it will be a celebration of song. The Patterson family encourages everyone to wear red to honor his ginger hair. Interment services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Valparaiso University, attn: SPC Christopher A. Patterson Scholarship Fund, Valparaiso University, Office of Advancement, 1100 Campus Drive South, Valparaiso, IN 46383, or West Aurora High School Music Department, attn: Christopher Patterson Memorial Fund. For additional information, please contact the Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia at 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com.
Published in Beacon News on Jan. 12, 2012