Chip Andrew Imker was born June 21, 1975 in Springfield, Minn. 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 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, Colo.; Chuck (Susan) Imker and their son Chase of Isanti; grandfather, Lester Imker of Lamberton, Minn.; grandmother Lori Steinlicht of Isanti, Minn.; by aunts, uncles, cousins and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Donna Imker; and maternal grandparents, Richard and Alice Bendiske.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Cambridge-Isanti High School gymnasium with Father James David Hahn officiating. Greg Kuhn assisted as Liturgist and Mary Kuhn and Denise Tillges served as musicians. Pallbearers were Chad Imker, Chuck Imker, Rob Wurzl, Dave Edblad, Joe Hill and Kevin Kostecka. The Cambridge Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers. Many other fire departments throughout the state also paid tribute. Military Honors were provided by the Howard McCarty American Legion Post 290 of Cambridge. Interment was in Christ the King Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.