Date of Death
June 6, 2016
Place of Death
Family and friends can share memories and enjoy fellowship on Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 1-4 pm at the Linkfield home at 4631 Winding Way, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. Contact family for travel information.
Age 49, passed unexpectedly at home on June 6, 2016. Chris was born February 25, 1967 in Muskegon, MI, the son of Doug and Penny Thompson. After moving to Kalamazoo in infancy, Chris attended and graduated from Kalamazoo Public Schools and KVCC. He worked a variety of jobs, mostly in health care and emergency services; including Bronson Hospital, Mall City Ambulance and Homeland Security at the Federal Center in Battle Creek; until health problems limited his ability. Chris always had a finger on the pulse of Kalamazoo, our state and nation. He strongly supported the work of Public Safety Employees. He enjoyed caring for others, most recently assisting with the care of elderly parents of dear friends, Rick and Anna Murphy. He was recognized by Federal Marshalls for his excellence in dispatching and supporting their responses in several states. He was always a calm presence in an emergency. Chris enjoyed fishing, Great Lakes ships, sports and religiously followed the Red Wings, Tigers and "Da' Cubs". He was seldom seen without a ball cap of one of his teams or causes. Chris was a devoted father to Rachel and Nicklas Thompson; always supporting their interests and endeavors. The children’s mother, Brianna Noyes-Deal also survives. He was a father figure to Rachel and Nick's special friend, Laura Worline. His parents; his sister, Melissa Linkfield; her husband, Mike; beloved nieces and nephew, Sarah, Emma and Ryan will dearly miss his bright smile and wicked sense of humor. Chris is mourned by special aunts and uncles, Jennifer and Bob Zerlaut of S.C., Dianna and Scott Ogborn of N.M., plus other aunts, uncles and cousins in many states. He was preceded by his beloved grandparents, Richard and Wilma Newman and Donald and Betty Thompson of Muskegon.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Eric Zapata fund, American Heart Association for CPR training or for his children’s educational fund.