Chris Bangerter

Born in Albuquerque, NM on April 30, 1966

Departed on May 3, 2013 and resided in Brentwood, TN

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BANGERTER, Jerald Christian Jr., 47 of Brentwood Tennessee, passed away on May 3, 2013, surrounded by his family, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Chris was born in Albuquerque, NM to Jerry and Sandra Bangerter of Kaneohe, Hawaii where he was welcomed by two sisters Cori and Leslie. Their dad was a U.S. Army Colonel so the family spent most of their childhood overseas in the Philippines and Germany. These experiences contributed to his love for travel, exploration and his adventurous spirit. He was an Eagle Scout and always loved the outdoors. He graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa where he was active in Student Government and played football. He graduated from the U.S. Army Military Academy and was a 1LT U.S. Army helicopter pilot in the UH-60 Blackhawk. He married his wife Becky Brackin in Cleveland, MS on April 21, 1990. There first military assignment was in Ansbach, Germany. He is a Veteran of Desert Storm where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and other honors. After leaving the military Chris graduated from Vanderbilt University JD. Chris and Becky move to Hawaii where he worked with Wagner, Watson and Pettit. They missed Nashville and soon returned, to work with Boult Cummings. He also worked with HCA and Vanderbilt, before finding a home at LifePoint Hospitals where he has worked for the past 9 years and his current position was Chief Compliance Officer. Chris is preceded in death by his father-in-law, John Brackin. Chris is survived by his wife Becky; three children, Lucas, Eva and Jack; parents, Jerry and Sandra Bangerter; sisters, Cori Hamilton Mike and Leslie Grayson Terry; mother-in-law, Linda Brackin; sister-in-law, Denisa Winters Travis; brother-in-law, Kelly Brackin Jennifer and many nieces and nephews. Visitation at the church, Wednesday, May 8th from 5-7 p.m. Funeral, Thursday, May 9th at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1100 Gray Fox Lane, Franklin, TN. Graveside Services immediately following the funeral at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN. Please join us for a celebration of a life well lived at the Gardens Pavilion immediately after the graveside services. Chris lived his life to the fullest with great faith for our Saviour Jesus Christ and love for his family, friends and church. Chris was an excellent husband, father, son and friend who inspired us all. He will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Kidney Cancer Association, The Wounded Warrior Project, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints Missionary Fund or the charity of your choice. HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME.

30 Comments to Chris Bangerter

  1. Sue Mahurin
    May 4, 2013 12:00 am

    Becky, thinking of you and your family as we remember Chris with great love and admiration. What a truly wonderful man he was and what a positive influence he was on me personally. I am so lucky to have known him and his family. I’m holding all of you in my heart. With much love, Sue

  2. Buddy & Carol Crook
    May 4, 2013 12:00 am

    We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Bangerter’s family & friends.

    We did not know this Hero but reading he served our country, to defend & support Freedom..we want to thank Lt.Bangerter for his service. Buddy also served in the US Army during Vietnam & we currently have nephews in the US Army serving in Afghanistan.

    Lt.Bangeter is now serving in God’s Army continuing to watch over all his loved ones and others.

    May God provide the strength & comfort to his loving wife and children, parents etc…God Bless.

    Buddy & Carol Crook

  3. Mary Eliz. Blakeney
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    Eva, I just wanted you to know how sorry I was to hear about your dad.You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Love, Mrs. Blakeney

  4. Paul Nobbe
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    Chris and I were friends and pilots together in the same unit during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He was a good man, quick with a smile, I’m sure he went fighting! You will be missed at the next 2-1 Aviation reunion….

  5. Kevin Wagner
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    I served under Chris in 2/1 AVN he was our XO for Headquarters company. He was a great leader and a amazing person. Our prayers and thought are with his family. Me ka pule a me ka aloha menemene.

  6. COL Ret and Mrs. John Arnold
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    Becky, our sincerest prayers go out to you and your family. Bless you all during this difficult time. He will be missed by his 2/1 AVN Family. Strike Eagle!

  7. Brian Ezell
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    I am deeply saddened to hear that Chris Bangerter lost his battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bangerter family.

    I remember him as a lieutenant in the 2-1 Aviation Regiment. I remember him as a fun loving young officer with a beautiful wife. This is a big loss to the Strike Eagle family. God bless him and the Bangerter family.

  8. Brian Ezell
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    I am deeply saddened to hear that Chris Bangerter lost his battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bangerter family.

    I remember him as a lieutenant in the 2-1 Aviation Regiment. I remember him as a fun loving young officer with a beautiful wife. This is a big loss to the Strike Eagle family. God bless him and the Bangerter family.

  9. COL R George & Ruta Bilafer
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathy for you Becky and your family at this time of deep sadness and loss. George remembers fondly of Chris as they served together with 2/1 AVN in Ansbach, Germany and Desert Storm. May he be at peace in God’s loving arms! God Bless to the entire Bangerter family!

  10. James and Michele Burns
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathy to you Bangerter family in this difficult time. James and I both served with Lt. in 2/1 Avn. James served with him in Desert Storm. Such a great smile, and such a great officer. Strike Eagle Lt. Bangerter.!!

  11. RON BIRDWELL
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    It was a pleasure and honor to serve with Lt Bangerter in 2-1 AVN. As the scripture says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Chris, I know that you are in heaven hanging out with Jesus with a big smile on your face. May God bless you brother. Until we meet again.
    Ron Birdwell
    Supply SGT
    US Army
    Retired

  12. Michael Oles
    May 6, 2013 12:00 am

    My deepest condolences to the Bangerter family. I served under Lt. Bangerter in 2-1 Avn in Ansbach and Operation Desert Storm. He was an excellent officer and an even better man. I have never forgotten him over these years; always quick with a smile and a word of encouragement. May the love of Jesus bring you comfort in this difficult time.

  13. COL Ret. John M. Ward
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    I had the honor of being Chris’ battalion commander during Desert Shield and Storm. He was a stalwart, dependable leader, well respected by all. We of his extended family are deeply saddened by this loss and on hehalf of the soldiers of 2d Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment join in wishing his family comfort as he is surely in the Lord’s hands.

  14. John W Rothwell III
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers go to LT and his family. He is a great man and will always be remembered.

    With GODS love,

    John Rothwell
    2/1 AVN
    MEDIC

  15. Melvin & Leslie Baker
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Leslie and I send our deepest sympathy to Becky, the children, and the rest of the Bangerter family. Chris flew with me during Desert Storm, and made time to take care of his famous 3/5 platoon. He was an exceptional officer, a great pilot, and a caring person. May God’s love and promise provide comfort during this sad and difficult time. He will be remembered in the hearts of his aviation family. Strike Eagle!

  16. Mark Peaslee
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Thank you for your family’s sacrifices and service to our country.
    I hope your memories keep you warm at night during such a difficult time of loss.

  17. Jeffrey schlerf
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    I am very sad to here of his passing. Chris was a awesome man and a shining example to me. i served with him 1989 to 1991. I have never forgot Chris and what he stood for. Always know your dad is one of the greatest men i have ever known. rip Chris. your family’s in my prayers.

  18. Dan & Dawn Hill
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Becky, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I served in 2-1 with Chris and I always admired him. Of all the platoon leaders I thought he was the nicest, smartest and most level-headed of the bunch. It breaks our hearts to hear of his passing.

  19. Allen and Rhonda Hayes
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    I served under Chris when he was the Platoon Leader for the infamous 3/5 platoon, 2/1 Avn Bn. We formed a strong bond of friendship and respect for each other that lasted throughout the years. He was a great Platoon Leader, mentor and role model. No matter how bad it got he always had a smile and joke to make me laugh and get me back on track. Chris, you will always inspire me and I aspire to be the man, the father, husband and friend that you showed me every time we visited each other. I had the honor last year to hug him and tell him I loved him…he will always be in my heart, Rest in Peace, my Brother in Arms…You will be sorely missed…

  20. LTC Ret David Chapman
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Becky, my heart breaks for you and your family. Having known Chris at the Academy, flight school and finally as a fellow pilot in 2-1, he leaves me with that wonderful smile. That is the memory I will take with me forever. May God bless you and keep you in your time of sorrow.

  21. Barry Worstell
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    So shocked and saddened to hear about Chris. I remember him from Ansbach, Germany. Prayers for his family.

  22. Joe and Wendy Koch
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Chris was a wonderful colleague and was well respected within the LifePoint Hospitals family. As a fellow LifePoint employee I was honored to work with Chris. His presence will be missed but he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with Becky, Lucas, Eva, Jack and the rest of the Bangerter family.

  23. Matt, Margo, & Blake Levi
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    He was a great LT!
    Strike Eagle!

  24. Scott and Carrie Stirewalt
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Chris was a warrior. Until we meet again in a better place my friend. God’s blessings to family. COL RET Scott and Carrie Stirewalt

  25. Brian and Cheryl Welch
    May 7, 2013 12:00 am

    Chris was a good friend when we arrived here in TN 12 years ago. We will always remember his kind heart and devoted service to the lord and his love for his wife and children.

  26. Harold V. Morrow
    May 8, 2013 12:00 am

    I am very sorry for your loss. It is a strong testament of Chris’s life that he will be missed by so many. May your family have the strength to get through this tragic loss. Sincerely, Harold Morrow

  27. Ret. SFC Larry Krummich
    May 9, 2013 12:00 am

    Becky, our sincerest prayers go out to you and your family. Bless you all during this difficult time. He will be missed by his 2/1 AVN Family. Strike Eagle

  28. Phyllis Tedford Purnell
    May 12, 2013 12:00 am

    Becky, I just read about Chris in the Bolivar Commercial on line – and have a heavy heart for you and your children. I have had you both in my prayers since I visited with your mom at my mother’s funeral. May you feel God’s arms wrapped about you in the days to come. Be strong and take comfort in the fact that Chris is healthy – and walking the streets of gold now! Take care, my friend!

  29. Leslie Grayson
    May 13, 2013 12:00 am

    Chris was my wonderful brother and from the very beginning a very best friend. I am so grateful for him and for the beautiful family that he adores more than anything: Becky, Lucas, Eva, Jack. You all ROCK! All my love.

  30. jay mitchell
    May 29, 2013 12:00 am

    Rest in true Peace Chris.