Chip Imker, age 35, ofCambridge died May 24, 2011 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 28th at theCambridge-Isanti High School Gymnasium with Father James David Hahn officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. on Friday, May 27th at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) also in theCambridge-IsantiHigh Schooland also one hour prior to the service on Saturday in the gymnasium. Interment will be in Christ the King Catholic Cemetery.
Chip Andrew Imker was born June 21, 1975 in Springfield, Minnesota to Richard and Susan (Bendiske) Imker. At a young age their family moved to Cambridge where Chip was raised and attended school. He graduated from Cambridge-Isanti High School in 1994. Chip was a stand-out high school wrestler and continued his passion for wrestling as a volunteer coach. He served his country in the Army National Guard and Reserves. Chip was an ambitious person who lived each day to its fullest. He was courageous, outgoing and enjoyed activities such as skydiving and bungee jumping. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling and driving mud trucks with the boys. Chip also enjoyed the challenges and friendships of the last 1 ½ years as a member of the Cambridge Fire Department. His family was very important to him and he loved his spouse Kristin and their two sons, Hayden and Connor with all his heart. Hayden and Connor will continue Chip’s legacy of adventurous mischief.
Chip died May 24, 2011 at Hennepin County Medical Center as the result of an accident while participating in firefighter training. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Donna Imker; and maternal grandparents, Richard and Alice Bendiske.
Chip is survived by his loving spouse, Kristin, and their two sons, Hayden and Connor; father, Richard (Judy) Imker of Isanti; mother, Susan Rihs of Blaine; two brothers, Chad (Rachel) Imker and their daughter Amelia of Fort Collins, Colorado; Chuck (Susan) Imker and their son Chase of Isanti; grandfather, Lester Imker of Lamberton, Minnesota; grandmother Lori Steinlicht of Isanti, Minnesota; by aunts, uncles, cousins and many other relatives and friends.