CRYSTAL LAKE – Christopher J. Antonik, staff sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps., 29, of San Clemente, Calif., and formerly of Crystal Lake, was killed in action Sunday, July 11, 2010, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
He was born May 4, 1981, in Chicago, to John and Cindy Antonik. He was united in marriage to Erin Gilbert on Dec. 12, 2009. For more than nine years, he proudly served our nation as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Erin Antonik of San Clemente; his devoted parents, John and Cindy Antonik of Antioch; his dear sister, Jen (Ken) Bond of Surprise, Ariz.; his adoring nieces and nephews, Kylie and Xander Bond and Jack and Alexa Farmer; his cherished grandma, Florence Antonik; and his special friend, Chase.
Preceding him in death were his paternal grandfather, Alex Antonik; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Shaw.
The visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. The service will be at noon Monday, July 19, at Evangelical Free Church, 575 E. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake.
The Rev. Kerry Bauman and the Rev. John Engberg will officiate. Interment will be private.
To honor him, a memorial fund is being established through the Force Recon Association. To donate, visit forcerecon.com
or mail to FRA, P.O. Box 425, Rowe, MA 01367, and designate SSgt. Christopher Antonik on the memo line.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.davenportfamily.com.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.