Respects paid Monday morning for local soldier

By WKTV News

ILION, N.Y. (WKTV) - Respects were paid Monday in Herkimer County for a local soldier who passed away on Saturday, July 9, following a short illness.

According to the Fenner Funeral Home in Herkimer. U.S. Army Specialist Christopher S. Brockway, formerly of Ilion, was 24 when he passed away at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

He was born on June 1, 1987 in Utica, to parents Scott and Roberta Atkinson Brockway.

Raised in the Village of Ilion, he graduated from Ilion High School in 2005 and furthered his education at Herkimer County Community College where he received an Associate's Degree in Arts.

In June of 2005, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in August of 2006. In December 2008 he joined the U.S. Army and served overseas in South Korea and more recently at Fort Leonard Wood where he was a Patient Admissions Specialist at the base hospital.

His family says that Chris had a strong belief in God and was a member of Annunciation Church in Ilion. He was also a member of AMVETS.

In his leisure time, his family says he enjoyed poetry, both writing and publishing much of his work. He also enjoyed music, video games and reading. He was a keen history buff, particularly military history.

"To all who knew him they will never forget a quiet, intelligent and unassuming young man who loved his family and his country. He had the gift of making friends easily and was well thought of no matter where he was," his obituary reads. "He will be greatly missed by many especially his loving family."

Brockway is survived by his parents Scott and Roberta Brockway of Ilion, a sister Alison Bowman and her husband Matthew of Ithaca, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jesse and Mary Atkinson and Elgin and Helen Brockway.

A funeral and Mass was held for Brockway at the Annunciation Church in Ilion on Monday morning, July 18 with Reverend Anthony Barrett, the church's Pastor, officiating, and assisted by Deacon James Bower. Reverend John Bassett, Rector of Saint Augustine's' Episcopal Church, Ilion was also present.

Brockway will be interned with full military honors will follow in Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville.

The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made with memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association or the USO.

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