Christopher Robert Aldrich
1967 - 2018
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AUSTIN - Christopher Robert Aldrich of Austin, Texas, passed away on January 14th, 2018, after a battle with brain cancer. 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith."

Chris was born in Erie, PA, on August 13, 1967, to Patricia Ann Vargo Aldrich & Robert Craig Aldrich. He and his mother moved to Odessa, Texas, in 1980. He attended Zavala Elementary, Ector Jr. High School and graduated from Permian High School in 1986. Chris worked the oilfields of West Texas for a few years. He then worked at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital for three years while attending Midland College, where he received his Licensed Vocational Nursing degree in August of 1996. After graduation, he began working at Odessa Regional Medical Center (ORMC) where he found his passion. He was employed at ORMC for twenty years and worked in newborn nursery & pediatrics. Chris loved taking care of the "little ones". He was gifted with an innate ability to win the hearts and trust of his little patients. He married Lori Ann Nelson on March 14, 1992, at The Abby Mansion in Austin, Texas. On August 10, 1995, in Midland, Texas, they welcomed to the world their son, Chance Robert Aldrich. It was Chris's wish to return back to Austin one day. Therefore, he, Lori & Chance moved back to the area in March of 2017.

Chris was an enthusiastic nature lover. He was certified in scuba diving and enjoyed diving various Texas Lakes, Hawaii, Mexico and the Western Caribbean. He also enjoyed fishing, canoeing, snorkeling, camping, and backpacking. Chris was filled with wonderment and joy when hiking and camping the Guadalupe Mountains, Colorado and Big Bend with his son Chance and buddies, Lewis Valenzuela and Freddie Jones. Nobody setup a camp like Chris.

Chris is long known and will always be remembered for his jovial spirit, great sense of humor, zaniness, storytelling and his winning smile. He never met a stranger and was truly loved by many. He always exhibited a deep compassion for ill babies and children, a trait that endured his entire life.

Chris is preceded in death by his father, Robert Aldrich, and his mother, Pat Aldrich.

Survived by his death are his wife, Lori Ann Aldrich, and son, Chance Robert Aldrich, both of Austin, Texas.

Lori & Chance convey their deep appreciation and respect to all of the staff at ORMC. Chris developed heartfelt and lasting relationships with what he termed awesome co-workers. Many that are now our lifelong friends. We love you team ORMC! A special thanks to Hospice of Austin. Especially Jack, Jaque, Racheal and Kathy, for all your awesome care to Chris and the support you extended to all of us.

If you wish, please make a donation in memory of Chris to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

A celebration of Chris's life will be held at a later date.

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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 18, 2018.
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January 12, 2020
I enjoyed having Chris as a friend and part of my staff when I worked nursery at ORMC and he would come by post partum and visit always smiling and joking. You could never be down when Chris was around. He was dedicated to the care of the newborns and pediatric kids and they always received the best of care from him. He is greatly missed by all his friends and family.
Janice Moore
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January 28, 2018
So very sorry for your loss, Lori & Chance. Praying God's peace and love to you both.
Dana Sissons
January 20, 2018
My condolences to family i worked with chris for couple of years he was a very good person always had stories to tell he will be missed may you rest in peace mr chris
Eugene Rios
January 20, 2018
I worked with Chris at ORMC several years ago. Chris was always in a good mood & happy to be there. We discovered that when y'all lived on Keystone, you lived across the street from my great aunt & uncle! Chunky & Virginia! My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God surround you with peace.
Chantel Conner Thomasson
January 19, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Chris's passing. I knew him in High School to be a very kind, funny, and genuine guy. Reading his obituary tells me he went on to lead a rich life full of love, and his absence will surely be felt greatly by many. My prayers cover his family as they navigate this tough season. The good news in the midst of this pain is that he isn't lost. You know exactly where to find him! And one day, you will see him again. God bless you all.
Kristin Santa Maria
January 18, 2018
My condolences to the family. I met Chris at ORMC and will always remember his big smile. He was always so happy. RIP Chris you will be missed and remembered by many. Fly with the angels.
Elda Rodriquez
January 18, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Jamey Cates
January 18, 2018
Lori and Chance, You are loved by many.A sweet soul Chris was.I enjoyed the times I did see him.My deepest sympathy to you both.Peace be with you at this time of your loss.
Jeanette Covert
January 18, 2018
Lori and Chance,
I want to offer my deepest condolences for the passing of Chris. I was friends with him in high school and he helped me through a very difficult time in my life. His gentle smile was often all I needed to get me through a difficult day. He had a gentle soul and I am thankful that I had the pleasure of knowing him.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, always Mary Ellen Rios Anderson
Mary Ellen Rios Anderson
January 18, 2018
I knew Chris through his lovely wife Lori. What a warrior he was these past couple years. Lori said he never complained. Now Chris is with his Heavenly Father free of all disease and pain. I've only heard wonderful things about Chris and know he will be sorely missed by so many. Prayers of love, peace, strength, courage and comfort for Lori and Chance until y'all meet again. <3
Terri Hargis
January 18, 2018
My prayers are with the Aldrich family. God bless.
Lori Jordan
January 18, 2018
Lori and Chance,
I am saddened by Chris' passing. He had a heart of gold and was one of the kindest people that I knew. My Mom and Dad always had a very special place in their hearts for Chris and his potential in life. It was always a joy for them when Chris would stop by the house to say hello. They were proud of the man he became. I was proud to call him my friend even though we lost touch through the years as our lives took different roads. I was blessed to run into Chris about a year ago in Westlake Hardware and spent some time catching up. He told me about his battle with cancer but mostly he told me all about his family that he loved with all his heart. Chance, he loved you and your mother with every fiber of his being and he was proud of the man you grew up to be. You were his proudest accomplishment. Chris will be missed by many but part of him will always be with each and every person who's life he touched. He will live on in each of us through our memories, our thoughts and our actions. We should all learn to love as Chris loved.

With my deepest regrets,

Mark Mounts
Mark Mounts
January 18, 2018
I will always remember Chris for his love of the babies and children we cared for at ORMC and his since of humor he had. He could always make us laugh. Prayers for Lori and Chance.
Janice Moore
January 18, 2018
I will always remember Chris...That confident smile, and his huge heart. He bought our old boat to fix it up so he and Chance could go fishing. He was so happy sitting in the boat with Chance. He cherished his family.

Chris, you will be greatly missed, but I know you are pain free and enjoying heaven with our Lord, and your mom.(and those that were called before you) Now you can run and play with the "little ones!"
Cindy Hammond
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