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SGT Christopher Henze

By Renae, Chris' Wife


Christopher Henze was born September 23, 1975 in Milbank, SD and took his own life in Austin, TX on March 25th, 2013.

Chris grew up in Milbank, SD and went to Milbank High School. He graduated in 1994 and joined the Army with his lifelong friend Chris Berg (who is now an SF Major). Chris was an accomplished musician, he played guitar, bass, upright bass, drums and pretty much anything you put in front of him.

Chris had a lust for life and didn't let the grass grow when it came to looking for his next adventure. He joined the Army as an infantryman in 1994. He was deployed from Germany to Kosovo in 1999. In 2002 he separated from the Army and did many other things such as, welding, blacksmithing, rodeoing, he played Rugby. He worked in Qatar as private armed security and also in Galveston after Hurricane Ike. In 2009 he joined 19th Group Special Forces in Colorado. He loved to train and to shoot and was an expert marksman. He had a way of bringing his ideas to life. When he was a kid, he acted out the movie "The Temple of Doom" with the neighborhood kids one afternoon. They ended up playing it for days and still talk about it now.

One Saturday afternoon he had a "Tournament of Machismo" in our front yard with his rugby team. It included an anvil run, anvil toss, sword fighting, and a little beer drinking. He loved to invent games to play with his sons Dakota (born in 1996) and Dustin (2005) and loved them more than anything.

He was quick with a joke and everyone who knew him loved his quick wit. He was wildly intelligent and seemed to know everything about everything.

SGT Christopher Henze is still loved and missed beyond comprehension.

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