CHICAGO — On July 23, 2021, Christopher Walker passed away at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital at the age of 50.

Chris, formerly of Dubuque, married Kerri Czech on May 17, 2003 and lived in the Chicago area for many years.

Chris is survived by his wife, Kerri, his mother, Sandy, his sister, Monica Schmitt, nieces Nicole and Emily, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his canine companion, Bella. Also surviving are his in-laws, who he considered his second family.

It is impossible to describe the essence of Chris — his humor, his wit and his talent to make people laugh. He could light up a room with his presence. He was a fan of the Cubs, Packers, and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Chris generously made the decision to give the gift of life by becoming an organ donor. A celebration of life will be held at a later date where there will be shared stories amid tears and laughter.

Memorials may be given to The Gift of Hope.org, the organ and tissue donor network, or to an animal rescue establishment of your choice.

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