Chris Wilke

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  • "I knew Chris through my husband Garth Bacigalupi they were..."
    - Ellen Bacigalupi
  • "Dearest Chris, the world isn't the same without our..."
    - Betsy Feinberg
  • "Although I had only met Chris several times, I am well..."
    - Larry N. Deutsch
  • "I was blessed to have the kindest, funniest brother..."
    - Karin Wilke
  • "Rest in everlasting peace my friend! We will miss you...."
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Chris Wilke Chris was a world traveler and together with his wife, Helen visited 139 countries, learning about different cultures. Everywhere they met many local people and fellow travelers, forming life-long friendships. He served over 20 years as a Tax Appeals Hearing Officer on the AZ State Board of Equalization where he was well-liked and respected by peers and constituents. His patience and reassuring demeanor was an asset, especially in adversarial hearings, and his vast knowledge of real estate valuation contributed immeasurably to the success of the Board. Chris loved playing bridge, especially in tournaments around the US, and even in China, and playing pan and poker at the Elks Lodge and in Las Vegas. An important part of his life each morning was visiting with friends at the local bagel shop. They affectionately proclaimed him "mayor" of their large table. Most of all, he was a kind and caring person who spent his life helping others. As a loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend, Chris touched the lives of many people, leaving wonderful memories for everyone. We all miss him dearly. Chris is survived by his wife, Helen; his brother, Nick (Dana), and sister, Karin (JP). No Services will be held. Donations can be made in his name to Peppi's House. Arrangements by BRING'S BRAODWAY CHAPEL.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 6, 2014
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