BRIGHTON, IL, USA U.S. Marines CPL, E CO, 2D BN, 2D MAR, 1ST MAR DIV, CAMP PENDLETON, CA BABIL PROVINCE, IRAQ 08/22/2004
As a kid, Christopher Ward Belchik was mischievous. A few times, his parents caught him sneaking out of the house through a window after curfew. He dropped out of high school and began a series of jobs that included working as a bus boy and hoisting mortar for bricklayers.
Eventually, he decided he wanted to become a Marine and hoped to have a career in law enforcement. Chris attended Alton High and later earned his GED. Before he could join the Marines, Christopher Belchik had to pass a high school equivalency exam and lose about 30 pounds. Then in boot camp, he was up against men much younger than himself. Family members remember when he decided he wanted something, then by golly he was going to get it. He didn’t believe in getting things the easy way.
He wed Mary Hamberg in June last year while Christopher was home on leave. Family members just couldn’t believe the turnaround in him. He was a good man, a good husband, a terrific son and he will be missed dearly.
Friends remember there were three things Chris loved: his wife, Mary; his cat, Aggie; and his Playstation. His sense of humor and positive outlook left friends and co-workers thinking that no matter how miserable things got, it would always be alright with Belchik around. He had a way of being goofy and making you laugh. He set the example by doing what he had to do.
Once he went with a friend to get a tatoo. When he got his first one, his wife was very upset, then his wife picked out his next tattoo for him.
Chris is survived by his wife, Mary; mother, Lynn Lenker; father, Stephen Belchik; sister, Julie Prats, brother Brian Belchik.