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Christopher Vela(1986 - 2013)

Christopher Aaron Patrick Vela

July 9, 1986 - February 8, 2013

BEND - Christopher passed away February 8, 2013, at the age of 26. Born and raised in Bend, he was a 2004 graduate of Mt. View High School. At the time of his death, Christopher was attending Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR. He is the son of Angel and Leo Lotito of Bend and Paul and Dorothy Vela of Salem.

Christopher was known as a very kind and caring person. He truly valued his family. Christopher always had a little fire in his personality. He was smart and witty, and he did things on his own terms since the day he was born. Christopher loved hanging out with his friends, enjoyed snowboarding, driving lifted four-wheel-drive pickups, and fishing with his father.

Christopher will be missed but never forgotten; he will be forever and always in our hearts.

Christopher is survived by his parents; brothers, Phillip (and his wife, Nellie) Vela, and Cody Lotito; step-brothers, Ruben and Shane Montes; nephew, Dominic; nieces, Neela and Aurora; grandparents, Mary Vela and Rob (and his wife, Kim) Pheil; and many aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Vela, and grandmother, Carroll Hannah.

Funeral services for Christopher will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at New Hope Church, 20080 Pinebrook Blvd. in Bend, followed by committal at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, and a gathering at Hollingshead Barn.


Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 15, 2013
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