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VISSERS CHRISTIAN FRANK VISSERS Christian Frank Vissers, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on December 19, 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on June 19, 1945, in New York City, Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1967 and also completed training at the US Army Ranger, Airborne, and Armor Officer Schools that year. A combat veteran of Vietnam (1968-69), he served with the 11th Armored Cavalry. He earned his Juris Doctor (with honors) from The George Washington University Law School (1973) and was an honors graduate of the Judge Advocate General's Corps Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. A member of the US JAG Corps, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Virginia, United States Court of Claims, and the United States Court of Military Appeals. He then served as an Appellate Attorney with the US Department of Justice before joining Baltimore Aircoil Company, retiring as General Counsel after 26 years of service. A long-time member of the Maryland Defense Force, Colonel Vissers was Chief of Staff until stepping down in 2010 due to illness. He volunteered with Pets on Wheels and the Loch Raven Veterans Administration Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore with his devoted sidekick, Boomer, a yellow Labrador retriever. Chris is survived by his wife of 44 years, Emily; daughters Susan Vissers Lisa (Anthony) of Sudbury, MA and Danielle Vissers Schug (Kevin) of Southlake, TX; son, Christian Frank Vissers, Jr., M.D., of Nashville, TN; and seven precious grandchildren (Theodore, Charlotte, and Ben Lisa; Bennett, Lucas, and Wesley Schug; and Madeline Vissers). His sister, Mary Lee Church, of Easton, MD, also survives. The family will receive friends at the Harry H. Witzke Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD on Thursday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held at St. Paul's Parish, 3755 St. Paul Street, Ellicott City, MD on Friday, December 23 at 11 a.m. Interment, at a future date, will be at West Point, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris' honor to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Avenues, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA, 90245; www.pancan.org or the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, 401 N. Broadway, Suite 1210, Baltimore, MD, 21231-2410; www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org.www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org.


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February 2, 2012
Dear Emily,
Sue and I just got the news today of Chris's death from Tim, one of the reunion gang at St. George Island. We send you and your family our condolences, our prayers and our deepest sympathies for such an enormous loss.

Chris made such a remarkable impression on me when we served together as lieutenants in Company D of the Blackhorse. At 23 he had a quality that I admired back in 1968, and he hasn't been topped in that admiration by anybody I've met since. You probably remember I named my son Christian after your Chris, a twenties-something guy, somebody so remarkable I can't even define that quality that lifted him a cut above others I knew and know.

My heart breaks for you. My memories of Chris will continue to serve me. I still strive to be like him.

Jim
James Smith
December 23, 2011
Dear Emily and Family
I served with Chris in Vietnam,11ACR Delta Company. He will be missed.
HORSE to HORSE POST to POST and onto FIDDLER'S GREEN AMEN
HELLO Lt. Will see you at FIDDLER's GREEN and we will share a canteen. ALLONS BLACKHORSE
john carabetta
1/11th ACR Delta Company
68-69
December 23, 2011
Dear Vissers family,
Your husband, dad, grandfather excelled at everything he did, but knowing Susie and having met other Visser family members, I can say his most impressive accomplishment was raising a great family! I'm sure he's now making heaven a better place...if that can be done..:)
Our condolences,
Bill & Rebecca Power
December 22, 2011


Dear Emily and family,

I am sending my condolence with my love and respect of this good and honorable man.

The 11th Cavalry Troopers about 40 years ago and far from home in the jungles of Vietnam & Cambodia we took great care of one another so we could make it home to our mothers, fathers, wives, sisters, brothers and other loved-ones.----------------- --> Now once again we must say our goodbyes and continue to take our strides for the time will come our journey will be done and forever together with all of our loved-ones.

Chairman of Funeral Honor Guard of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia.

“ May the Blessing from on High be with you and your family”.

We have Chris posted with honor on our own special website and we also have View Sign Guest Book please go to www.11acr.com/hg.htm you may sign.

With great heartfelt sympathy,

Daniel D. Stroia Sr. from Scottsdale, Arizona
K Troop, 3rd Squadron of the 11th Cavalry
Served in Vietnam & Cambodia from 1967 to 1968
Daniel Stroia
December 22, 2011
Dear Vissers family,
I was in the 11th Cav with Chris and served there for a year with him as a 1st lieutenant, he helped me in many ways to stay alive and he will be missed among those I call comrades in arms. My family and I stand with you at this time and our prayers of thanks for having the opportunity to know your husband.
George Marshall
Dco 1/11ACR
1968-1970
George Marshall
December 22, 2011
Dear Emily and family,
It's been several years since we've been together but Chris was a great friend I'll always remember. He was a true gentleman and a fine soldier and I'm so very proud to have served with him in The Blackhorse. He was very well liked and respected both as a platoon leader and as company Executive Officer and his sense of humor always brought a smile and a laugh. Earlier today before I knew of his passing, I placed a photo of the boys of Delta Company on my library wall taken sometime in the 80's, and there was Chris with a great, warm smile. Shirley and I send our deepest condolences for your loss...I will cherish the memories.
Tim Kerns
D Co. 1/11ACR
1968-69
Tim Kerns
December 21, 2011
Emily
I had the pleasure of knowing Chris well at school and shared many classes and adventures with him. Please know that we will keep you and your family in our prayers as we honor his memory.
Fred Schremp
USMA '67
December 21, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gregory Dunlap
December 21, 2011
To the Lisa/Vissers Family,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

With heartfelt sympathy,
The Kinzfogl Family
December 21, 2011
A lovely, and gracious and thoughtful man whom I have been privileged to know. His thoughtful and aggressive approach to his illness remained throughout its course. We will miss his presence among us.
George Sack
December 20, 2011
Chris was a client who became a good friend,a friendship enduring long after the business relationship concluded. I cherish his memory. I recall well our many exchanges about not just business but more about sports, politics and family, and the joy of the wedding, which seems so long ago today. I remember the fun of our three- way relationship-- Chris, me and David Ferstendig-- getting together (or even just planning to get together ) in Baltimore, the Orioles games I always lost, the dinners, the laughs,and the serious discussions. I recall so well the Army-Navy game with Emily and Chris, alas another Cadet defeat, but not for want of Chris' enthusiasm,and Chris' retirement party.
Mostly I recall a man of rare intellect,professionalism, low key humor, love of family and country,and modesty---albeit he had much for which to be immodest.
The adage is that character is destiny, and surely Chris' success in every phase of life is proof positive of that.
We lost him decades early, and my love goes to his wonderful Emily and his family.
Sincerely,
Allan Hillman, Hamden CT (ex-MD)
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