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Skiles, Christopher T.

September 26, 1983 –
 February 3, 2014


Christopher Todd Skiles, of Dallas, passed away peacefully at his home February 3, 2014, at the tender age of 30 due to complications from diabetes.  He was born September 26, 1983 in Arlington, Texas, the son of Toni Skiles, and Chuck and Debbie Skiles. He attended and graduated Mac Arthur High School in 2002, where he was the Battalion Commander of the Army Junior  ROTC.  He was currently employed at Teksystems, Inc. as a Network Operations Engineering Technician. Christopher was a proud member of the United States Air Force in the Security Forces Squadron. He was a recipient of many awards and medals including the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Over Seas Long Tour Ribbon, and the Air Force Training Ribbon. Christopher was also a proud participant and member of numerous Cosplay organizations and recently achieved his long time goal of becoming a member of the 501st Legion, an official Star Wars Cosplay group. He was an avid weapon enthusiast; had a special place in his heart for his dogs, and he loved Nascar. Christopher is survived by his parents Toni Skiles of Ennis and Chuck and Debbie Skiles of Saginaw; his step-sister Jamie Cunningham of West Point, New York, and step-brother Jeff Young of Saginaw, his grandfather Jim Skiles of Dallas, his grandmother Tommi Myers and grandfather Ray Jackson of Irving; his uncle and aunt,Tim and Linda Skiles of North Richland Hills, his aunt Toni Bell of Sache, and his numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Skiles of Houston. Christopher’s loyalty, sense of humor, quick wit and his love of others will be remembered forever by all who knew and loved him. We love you Christopher, forever and always. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Brooks Family Chapel at North Dallas Funeral Home. 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, Texas 75234. An inurnment with military honors will be held at 2:15 pm at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the American Juvenile Diabetes Association. Please send the family condolences and sign the guest book on this site. Arrangements are under the direction of: Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home 1820 N Belt Line Road Irving, Texas 75061

    Jason Dilworth
    5 Feb 2014

    Your life left an impact on many and you will be remembered.

    Nannette Dietrich
    5 Feb 2014

    •Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    •May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. DDS Team.

    Eddie Medina
    5 Feb 2014

    You were such a good friend and I wil always remember all of our conversations and game night with much fondness. I will also always remember the looks of excitement on kids faces at the comic conventions when you would walk through dressed as one of your many characters. Thank you for making the convention halls that much more enjoyable.

    5 Feb 2014

    Sir, your life touched many. Your joy, your manner, the smiles you gave, has touched many and will live on in the minds of those who was blessed to know you and will live on in others as your tales are told. You will be missed.

    Cody Glenn
    5 Feb 2014

    I had the pleasure of knowing Chris because of his membership to my group, the 1701st Fleet. While I did not get to know him as well as I wished that I had, I can say that he was an exceptional costumer, and an inspiration to many in our community.

    Our grief and loss is small, compared to what his family must be experiencing. Our sincerest condolences go out to those who knew and cared for him the most, and may he find peace.

    Chris Prewitt
    5 Feb 2014

    I met Chris about 2 years ago through the fan group that we were both involved with, He and I attended many local events together, and we always had fun. I am very sorry for his families loss, this is a great loss to the entire cosplay community. Chris will be missed.

    Betty and Eldon Gouldy
    6 Feb 2014

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you. We are thinking of you.

    Loren Chiever
    6 Feb 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    D.J. Foster
    6 Feb 2014

    Toni, Tommi and Family,
    There are just not enough words to express the grief I am feeling for your family. We have shared so many memorial moments over the years and I will hold them near and dear in my heart. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you during this time and to follow.

    Doug& Gina Yarbrough
    6 Feb 2014

    Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. You touched many. Prayers are with you

    Lew Olson
    6 Feb 2014

    Toni, please know you are in my heart and thoughts at this time.


    Randi Garske
    6 Feb 2014

    Toni – my heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry about Chris. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Robin Aucoin
    6 Feb 2014

    My deepest condolences to the Skiles family during this difficult times.

    Linda S. Becker
    6 Feb 2014

    I didn’t know Chris personally but I’d seen him at many of the conventions doing marvelous cosplay. I was surprised and saddened to hear the news. He was a joy to photograph and I will miss seeing him. My sympathies to his family and friends.

    Chris Latshaw
    6 Feb 2014

    My condolences to the Skiles family.
    I will always remember Chris as his cosplay of Lex Luthor and the serious expression that he carried. I only knew him a short time but I know that he touched the lives of the people who met him. He will be missed and I am sorry for your loss.

    Ronnie and Pam Foster
    6 Feb 2014

    We are so sorry that you all are going through such an unthinkable loss. Our prayers are with you and we share your tears. Toni and Tommi we love you both and wish we could be there to give you hugs also.

    Debby Davis
    6 Feb 2014

    Christopher, you were such a true diamond. . Multi faceted and multi talented. You are already terribly missed. Love you for ever. ♥♡♥♡♥♡

    Scott Alan Wilcox
    6 Feb 2014

    I was truly looking forward to meeting you this weekend after communicating with you over the Internet on many occasions. You always seemed so pleasant I am sure we would become fast friends. It is obvious that you will be greatly missed.

    Chris and Katina Gouldy
    7 Feb 2014

    Prayers go out to you. We are thinking of you during this difficult time

    Richard Sanchez-Hodges
    7 Feb 2014

    I never had a chance to truely befriend you and only knew you thru the convention scene….but you were one outstanding guy. Semper Fi. Full Sails and Followinf Winds.
    LCpl Sanchez-Hodges, USMCR

    Sherri McGriff
    7 Feb 2014

    Toni – my thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom, and everyone that loved Christopher.

    John and Sherry Warren
    7 Feb 2014

    Sherry and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family Toni. We will remember you in our prayers.

    Debra DeBelis
    7 Feb 2014

    Toni, My deepest heartfelt condolences on the loss of Chris. Praying for you and your family at this time.

    Jeff Shaver
    7 Feb 2014

    Toni , I hope you are doing as good as you can be , and taking care of yourself , we are very sorry …..

    John, Teresa and Katie Plemmons
    7 Feb 2014

    Chuck, Debbie, Toni,
    We’re so sorry for your loss. We wish we had words to ease the pain you feel. In time, you will find peace. We’re praying for all of you.

    Christopher was a great young man. From the time Christopher was a little boy through his adult years, he was a joy to be around; Always pleasant, always polite, a great sense of humor.

    This world has lost a great person, but Heaven has gained a wonderful soul.

    Rest in peace, Christopher.

    Bruce Gardner
    7 Feb 2014

    To Chris’s family, my deepest sympathy to you all. Chris was a very unique and charismatics young man. He will be deeply missed. May God bless you and be with you during this trying time.

    Malina Tifrea
    7 Feb 2014

    Toni, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Midge & Steve Eskew
    7 Feb 2014

    To the Skiles family, we are so sorry for your loss of Christopher. Our prayers for Christopher and all of the members of your family. Godspeed to you all.

    Kaye Fagan
    7 Feb 2014

    Although I only knew Chris a short time I could tell he cared a great deal for his family. I know he will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

    Kim Segelke
    7 Feb 2014

    Thinking and praying to you all during this time.

    Sharon Shiflet-White
    8 Feb 2014

    My deepest sympathy to the Skiles family. May God be with you during this time of sorrow.

    Susan Sunde
    8 Feb 2014

    Toni, I was so very sorry to hear about Christopher. My deepest condolences go out to you and yor family.

    Dustin & Deanna Self and Family
    9 Feb 2014

    Christopher we were so very blessed that you were a part of our family. You memory will remain in our hearts forever.
    We love you.

    The Park's
    10 Feb 2014

    Please know that we are keeping you in prayer in the loss of Christopher. When the heart is grieving God comes near….to bring His comfort, to catch every tear. May God hold you close, comfort you gently, and carry you through.
    We love you Chuck and Debbie!
    Ty, Lisa, Hailey, Ashlynn and Caden

    Debbie Skiles
    11 Feb 2014

    It has been a blessing being your Bonus Mom. I hope you know how much you are loved by me and my side of the family. I will be forever grateful that my sisters, nieces and nephews, and my kids strived to make you feel like the bonus you were in our lives. We love you and miss you. Until we meet again………

    Chuck Skiles
    11 Feb 2014

    Christopher, you are finally free of the pain and burden of the diabetes that has plagued your life for several years. I am so glad you are free of this awful disease and are able to soar into the heavens unchained. I know you would not want us to hurt and grieve of your passing but the biggest joy of my life was suddenly taken from me without warning. I will miss you so much. You have made such an impact on so many lives and brought joy to so many children. I will forever miss your wit, your comebacks, but most of all your love that you you always managed to show in your own way. Our time together here on earth was cut short, but it is a small price to pay to know that you are soaring through heaven with no chains to bound you. You will always be my “bud” and will forever have a place in my heart and in my soul. I continue to be amazed at the fine young man you had become and will forever hold dear the last day we spent together. Son, I cherise the day we will be reunited and I look forward to being with you again. Rest in Peace my dear son. I will always love you.


    Judy Hawes
    11 Feb 2014

    Toni, In Christophers departure he has left you with many happy memories, may you cherish them forever. Know you are in my thoughts. And Christopher, may the force be with you.

    Tim and Linda Skiles
    11 Feb 2014

    We have many fond memories of Christopher growing up which we will treasure forever. May God’s presence comfort you in the coming days. Christopher, you will always be in our hearts.

    Nicole Jenkins
    11 Feb 2014

    Our deepest sympathies to the family. Although we didn’t know Christopher, we did know that he was the light in his Mom’s life and will be missed greatly.

    Wix and Joann Gaston
    11 Feb 2014

    Toni, Tommi and family, Wix and I are go sorry for your loss. We only met Christopher a little over a year ago but it was a joy to meet another member of the family. We were looking forward to seeing him this summer. He will always be remembered in your heart and memories. We love y’all.

    Kathleen Smith
    12 Feb 2014

    Toni, I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine what you must be going through. Know that you are in my thoughts.

    Kathy Rasmussen
    12 Feb 2014

    Toni and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

    12 Feb 2014

    Please know there’s so many people thinking of you and your family, Toni. Our hearts are with you during this very difficult and sad time.

    Tim & Linda Skiles
    12 Feb 2014

    Christopher, we all are going to miss you very much. I know your mom and dad will miss you very much. We all know god has a reason for this and he chose you to carry out his plan. You may be the person that helps find a cure for this disease. All of us will see you soon. Rest in peace, our thoughts and prayers are always with you

    Toni Belll
    12 Feb 2014

    Christopher thank you for the joy you brought to our family. We will miss you so much. Hang with grandma as she will show you the ropes or maybe you can already show her a thing or two. I’ll be looking for the both of you soaring thru the clouds hand in hand. Miss you and love you always
    Aunt Toni

    Toni Skiles
    12 Feb 2014

    Christopher my one and only. You left me way to soon. We only started getting to know each other. My heart breaks every time I think of all the time we will not get to spend together. There are so many people who love you. This is a lasting testament to what a wonderful man you had become. I feel you in everything I do and your memories flood me with love. Until our souls are reunited. I love you and will miss you every minute of every day. – Mom

    Pam Trawick
    13 Feb 2014

    Chuck and Debbie, words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers and will be in the days to come. God bless you.

    Dan and Jackie Boone
    13 Feb 2014

    Chuck and Debbie, Steve called us with news of your loss. There is so little we can say or do that would help to ease your pain, but want you to know that we’re thinking of you and praying for you. Our love to you both.

    Tom Kasten
    13 Feb 2014

    Thank you for your service Chris, for the laughs, the comradary, and your realness.
    Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends, and thank you all for Chris’ dedication and sacrifice to the US Air Force.

    Dave Talany
    13 Feb 2014

    Chris it was an honor to serve with you years ago in RAF Lakenheath. Lancer Flight lost a great brother, may your soul rest in peace and know that you will be loved and missed everyday.

    Danny & Rhonda Boone
    14 Feb 2014

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Chris Boone
    14 Feb 2014

    It’s been a million years since I’ve seen you but the news of your son’s passing hit me like a brick. I’m so sorry for your loss and can’t even begin to imagine the void Christopher must have left. At times like this I imagine losing my own son and it’s too much to comprehend. Please know that I am thinking of and praying for you and Debbie right now. And I know that Chris is now a very happy soul! Please know that, as well, and take comfort in it.

    Warm regards,
    Chris Boone

    Karen Quick
    21 Feb 2014


    We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Words cannot express our heartfelt sorrow. Just know you are in our prayers every day. We are here for you.

    Karen, Cindy and Allison

    Ashley Keen (Husker)
    24 Mar 2014

    You were the first person i talked to when i joined the 12th Fleet almost 2 years ago. I remember it well. I’m sure everyone in 12th will miss you as will i. Goodbye buddy. Oh and remember, GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

    31 Mar 2014

    I knew Christopher better as Toval in our community. It’s a huge loss that he’s no longer with us. He had his heart in the right place and he meant a lot to us all. His actions and deeds will live on in our hearts.

    3 Apr 2014

    I too knew Chris as Toval from my time in the 12th Fleet Community, he was a great man who gave sound advice, was funny and was always there when needed.

    You will be missed, my friend

    Kandra Sumrow Moss
    17 May 2014

    Chuck, I just read where your son, Christopher passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. I do know that you were so proud of him. I know diabetes is a horrible disease as I also have it. May God be with you and your family.

    Chuck Skiles
    2 Feb 2015

    Christopher, my son, it has been one long agonizing year since you left our side. Words cannot fully explain the emptiness my heart feels. Although you are in my heart and mind every waking moment of every day, not being able to see you, or hear your voice is sometimes unbearable. To know that I have to live out my life before we can be together again is so hard to come to grips with. Everything would have been so much better if God would have taken me instead of you. He had the perfect time and opportunity just two weeks prior while I was in Surgery. I would have gladly given my life so that you could live yours. Some days I am very angry at God that he chose to take you and not me. You were too young to be taken. You had reached a very happy time in your life, then without warning you were gone. Never in my life will I ever endure a more difficult day as that day one year ago. Life is so empty without you. Days out on the boat were not the same, the 4th of July fireworks shows at the lake and you helping me clean up the boat after a fun weekend on the lake. Deb and I and your mother miss you so much. Your loss has taken a toll on all of us. But I think of you soaring through the heavens life a fighter jet and it makes me smile. The rainbow that you sent to me on my birthday was the best present I have ever gotten. When I saw that double rainbow over the house I knew in my heart and mind that you were ok. I knew you were with mom and dad and you were safe and happy. I miss you son and long for the day we are together once again. Until then, I miss you and I love you.


    Chuck Skiles
    21 Jun 2015

    This is the second fathers day I have been without you son. On a day where fathers and their kids are together all I can do is think of the memories I have of you. I miss you so much and look forward to when we are together again. I love you son. Dad

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