On June 19, 2010, Chris Brock, a beloved husband and father, as well as a dear friend to many, was taken from us in a tragic accident while riding his motorcycle. Although the accident was the end of Chris’ life, it is not his story and certainly does not end the impact he has had on all of us. In order to help Chris’ family with some of the financial struggles that lie ahead, we are working with local businesses and organizations to put together a benefit in his honor. Before detailing our request, we would like to share a few things about Chris so that you understand why it is so important to us to help his family in their time of need. A little about Chris as a Husband and Father from the words his wife wrote about him: It’s not hard to honor an honorable guy. Words like integrity and respect come easily. But when I think about Chris’ values, I also add words like love, commitment, trust and compassion. I saw a man of strong morals and values when I met him, and I knew he was worth knowing better. Though Chris had lots of accomplishments and some very significant achievements, what he really valued was his family. He was a hero to his boys and to his wife as well. He could make the three of us laugh more than anyone else. And he made it clear that playing with the kids was a higher priority to him than some of his interests that made Chris “Chris”. He loved being in nature and riding his motorcycle, but he preferred any activity he could do with us to those he could do alone. A little about Chris as a friend and person: Chris was a software consultant. He was a graduate of Jennings County High School, Ind. earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and was a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran. He moved to Andover Minnesota in 2005 with his wife Heather to raise their family. Chris has two wonderful sons Ryan (7) and Lucas (3) they were quite simply everything to Chris. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, being outdoors, listening to 80’s rock music and spending time with friends and family. Chris was also passionate about leveraging his network as a small business owner in the technology industry to help kids with learning challenges such as Autism to reach their full potential through job and mentor placement. A little about the accident that took Chris from us: SCOTT TWNSHP—On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 12:21 p.m., Burnett County deputies responded to a report of a two- vehicle crash on County Highway H at Oak Lake Road in the Town of Scott. A northbound truck towing a boat trailer lost control while attempting to pass another northbound vehicle at the intersection of Oak Lake Road, causing the boat trailer to swing into the southbound lane of County Highway H. A southbound motorcycle, driven by Christopher Brock, 39, of Andover, MN struck the boat trailer which fully blocked his lane, ejecting Brock from the motorcycle. Brock was pronounced dead at the scene. Brock was wearing a helmet and full safety gear. (Other motorist) was not injured in the crash. This incident remains under investigation by the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department . -excerpted from Burnett County Sentinel We are requesting donations of any value that would enable us to raise money for Chris’ family. Any item or gift card/certificate that may be used for a raffle or silent auction would be greatly appreciated. We are also accepting cash donations to be used for raffle or auction prizes or to help offset any expenses incurred with the event. The benefit to honor Chris will be held at 4 PM on August 22nd at the Coon Rapids VFW. Thank you in advance for your kindness in considering our donation request. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Jennifer Johnson at 763-218-2822 or Erin Stuedemann at 763-413-2725.