SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Christopher Louis Divis was born July 31, 1984, at Sioux City, Iowa. He was confirmed April 26, 1998, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Iowa. Chris attended Maple Valley Anthon-Oto High School and graduated in the class of 2002. While in high school, he worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide, and most recently was training to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at Western Iowa Technical Community College. Employed at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, he worked as a Technical Aide in Post Critical Care. Staff Sergeant Divis served his country in the Iowa Air National Guard, as a member of the 185th Refueling Wing. He served both in the state of Iowa, as well as overseas in Qatar and Kyrgyzstan. A talented musician, he was a former member of the band Ball5, and was currently in The Fourth Floor. He also recorded solo under the pseudonyms Acoustic Me and Face 4 Radio and previously was in the band "Haven’t the Faintest". His music was heard on 89.7 The River and Z 98.
Survivors include his mother, Patty Sanderson and stepfather, Tim Sanderson of Mapleton, Iowa; his father, Steve Divis and stepmother Dixie Divis of Great Bend; stepfather and his wife Phil and Cindy Jacobson of El Dorado; siblings, Jason Divis and his wife Stephanie and their son, Logan of Topeka, Brittney Gray and her husband, Wesley and their children, Terrance and Jersey of Ute, Iowa, Bryce and Jared Divis of Great Bend, Christina Anderson and her husband, Mike and their children, Dylan and Braden of Sioux Falls, S.D., Tim Sanderson and his wife Jen and their child, Dakota of Minnesota, Kenton and Darin Jacobson of Mapleton, and Shaun Billmeier of Carroll, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Charles and Donna Kreymborg of Fort Worth, Texas; paternal grandmother, Bev Divis of Sioux City, Iowa; paternal step-grandparents, Darrell and Colleen Rexwinkle of Great Bend; his girlfriend, Sam Torres of Sioux City; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Richard Divis; step-paternal grandparents, Dale and LaVera Jacobson; cousin, Joseph Milner; uncle, Kevin Kreymborg; uncle Jay Bettin; cousin Anthony Schumann; maternal step-grandparents, M. C. and Mildred Sanderson.
Funeral services were held March 9 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab. Interment was at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mapleton, with military honors by the 185th Base Honor Guard. The Chris Divis Memorial Fund has been established at Valley Bank and Trust, 401 Main Street, Mapleton, IA 50134.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Grant and Cindy Armstrong Armstrong Funeral Home*
210 So. 5th Street
Mapleton, IA 51034
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 13, 2011