LA CROSSE, Wis. — Christopher M. Vinson-Nieves, age 31, of La Crosse, Wis., died at his home Monday, March 25, 2013.
He was born in Ft. Bragg, N.C., on Sept. 2, 1981, to Gregory E. and Eugenia T. (Nieves) Vinson. Christopher grew up in the Collinsville, Ill. area and graduated from Collinsville High School in 2000. He later entered the United States Army in July 2000 serving in Korea, Ft. Campbell, Ky. and Iraq.
Christopher enjoyed traveling with his family since he was young and continued to enjoy it throughout his military career. He had a passion for weapons marksmanship, training and repair. His marksmanship carried over to the dart board and pool table. When at home, Chris was an avid online gamer and loved his dogs, Boski and Rukia.
He is survived by his mother and father, Eugenia and Gregory of Stafford, Va.; one brother, Daniel Vinson of Collinsville, Ill.; his grandparents, Patrick and Helen Ward of La Crosse; his aunts and uncles, Steven D. (Sherri) Vinson of La Crosse, Paula Vinson of Onalaska, Wis., Nilsa Rivera of Puerto Rico, Joselino Nieves of Puerto Rico, David (Janice) Nieves of Ashtabula, Ohio, Eduardo Marquez of New Lyme, Ohio, Carlos L. Marquez of Rome, Ohio, Maria Marquez of Windsor, Ohio and Edwin Marquez of Geneva, Ohio; cousins, Kara (Stephen) Wert of Holmen, Wis., Amber Vinson of Winona, Minn., Candace Frappier of Holmen, Wis., Justin (Amanda) Frappier of Ft Belvoir, Va., Kyle Smith of Onalaska, Wis., Serena Vinson of La Crosse, Rafael Nieves of Middletown, N.Y., Sandra Figuroa of Middletown, N.Y., David (Jodi) Nieves Jr. of Ashtabula, Ohio, Jason (Vanessa) Nieves of Las Vegas, Nev., Ryan Behner of Niles, Ohio, Bryan Behner of Dallas, Texas and Liza Suderman of Windsor, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Floyd E. Vinson, Eugene C. Marquez and Modesta T. Marquez; aunts and uncles, Melody (Vinson) Frappier, Virgilio Nieves, Lydia Boyce, David Boyce and Luis C. Rivera-Marquez.
Christopher was loved and will be greatly missed by many family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 2nd, at SCHUMACHER-KISH FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, La Crosse Chapel, located at 200 West Ave. South. Monsignor Delbert Malin will officiate. Burial with Military Rites will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse.
Friends may call on the family Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., and again Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of Services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Wounded Warriors Program in Christopher’s memory.
Obituary and condolences at www.schumacher-kish.com and starbeacon.com.