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.