Chip Imker‚ age 35‚ died May 24‚ 2011‚ as a result of injuries sustained in a fall during a fire department training in rope rescue.
Chip Andrew Imker was born June 21‚ 1975‚ in Springfield‚ Minnesota‚ to Richard and Susan (Bendiske) Imker. The 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.
Always ambitious‚ Chip built his own business‚ CAI Construction/CAI Properties‚ through hard work and word of mouth advertising.
Chip was a member of the Cambridge Fire Department for 1 _ years. He was a certified Firefighter I and II as well as a trained first responder.
Chip lived each day to its fullest. He was courageous‚ outgoing‚ and enjoyed skydiving and bungee jumping‚ hunting‚ 4-wheeling‚ snowmobiling‚ and driving mud trucks with the boys.
Chip’s family was very important to him. He is survived by his loving spouse‚ Kristin‚ and their two sons‚ Hayden and Connor; his father‚ Richard (Judy) Imker; his mother‚ Susan Rihs; two brothers‚ Chad (Rachel) Imker and their daughter‚ Amelia; and Chuck (Susan) Imker and their son‚ Chase; grandfather‚ Lester Imker; grandmother Lori Steinlicht of Isanti; and aunts‚ uncles‚ cousins‚ and many other relatives and friends.
He was a wonderful person – a beloved father‚ son‚ brother‚ partner‚ soldier‚ private business owner‚ firefighter‚ and coach. He thoroughly enjoyed serving his community.