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Christopher Stephen Pepe

June 23, 1985 - August 29, 2018


Christopher Stephen Pepe, age 33, of Tampa, FL, passed away unexpectedly, on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

Born in Christiana, DE, on June 23, 1985, he was the son of Stephen Pepe and Diane Brooks. Chris graduated from Glasgow High School in 2003, University of Delaware in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and earned his Master’s degree from Arizona State University in 2018 in Information Management.

A man of honor and integrity, Chris served in the Delaware Air National Guard in the U.S. Air Force. He loved his country and served with pride. Chris spent his career as an Operations Liaison Officer with Air Forces Cyber, a Government Analyst ““ Team Lead with Thomson Reuters Special Services and most recently with ARMA Global ““ a General Dynamics subsidiary as a senior data analyst. He was also active in the 166th Network Warfare Squadron, Air National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst (Officer).

Chris was athletic and enjoyed hunting, running, hiking, traveling, lacrosse, snowboarding and went to the gym every day. He was an avid Redskins fan and held out hope to the end that they would someday win the Superbowl. He loved his family and friends with his whole heart and soul and lived each day with vigor. Chris will be truly missed each and every day.

He is survived by his parents, Stephen Pepe (Chris) of Millsboro, DE and Diane Brooks (Gov) of Newark, DE; sister, Rebecca Brooks of Newark, DE; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 noon at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, where a memorial service will begin at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Chris’ memory to the National MS Society
P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or the Pat Tillman Foundation, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, IL 60654.

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31 Condolences for Christopher Stephen Pepe

  • I am deeply sorry for your loss. Chris was my trainer at Fusion Fitness. Whenever I think of Chris, I see his big beautiful smile and his black curly locks. Chris was a Super guy, gone too soon

  • very sad to hear!

  • Chris was an amazing young man. He felt like family to us & we will miss his visits to the beach, his smiling face, & friendship. Peace & comfort to his family & friends in knowing that we had the gift of his presence before and his gift continues to live on in & through others.

  • Diane and family…I am so sorry for your loss…I remember Chris as a young boy who would come into work once in a while to visit you…From postings, Chris turned out to be a fantastic man, so loving, giving and caring for his family, loved ones, and friends…God will surround you, Diane, and your family with whatever you need to go on…Chris will always be in your heart…he’ll never be far away from you… trust that…
    Love,
    Nita
    Ludlow, MA

  • May Chris shine his loving spirit amongst his family/friends. Also, protect his family/friends from the heavens. Lots of love to everyone and especially his Family.

  • My deepest sympathy to all of Chris’s family and friends. He had the best smile, that lit up a room. My heart just aches for you, Steve and Chrissy. Love you.

  • Dear Diane, Gov and Becca: We send you our deepest sympathy for this tragic loss. We will always remember Chris’ contagious smile. I’m sure he will be smiling down on you all from heaven and we will always hold him in our hearts. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Love,
    Janet & Bob and family

  • Diane, condolences to you and your family.

  • When I first joined the unit, he welcomed me like a family member. I’m sorry to hear someone so bright and friendly passed away so soon, I still can’t believe it. I give you my best regards in these dark times.

  • Chris was a great friend and outstanding Officer. Chris and I served together in the military, but also got to hang out outside work. We did fantasy football leagues together and most recently enjoyed a burger and beer at a great place we liked at the Mirage in Las Vegas. This is terrible and he will be greatly missed. God Bless!

  • Loved Christopher the moment I met him with Terry! He had your sparkly smile Steve….I’m so sad for your loss and for his family and friends.
    Vicki

  • Diane,
    I am so sad for your loss and keep Chris and family in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord hold you in his loving embrace at this time.
    Love and prayers,
    Gerry Murphy

  • What a fantastic human being, and an excellent officer. He will be missed dearly.

  • Diane, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • To Chris’s family and friends, I extend my deepest condolences. Chris and I served together in the Air National Guard. He was a fine officer who truly lived the idea of what it means to be a great Wingman and all around awesome person. I will always remember him for helping me pass my annual fitness assessment by agreeing to be my pace runner. He was truly awesome! As he always said to me at the end of our work day…..PEACE my brother! God bless.

  • Words cannot describe the range of emotions and sorrow we have felt since hearing the news about Chris, nor can we imagine the heartbreak your entire family must be suffering. We watched Chris grow from a “good kid” into a “magnificent young man”. Chris was respectful, always had a smile on his face, a positive attitude, a good word, and of course a couple of corny jokes. He touched everyone he met and we loved him as if he was our own son. We are proud and honored to have known him. We will keep the excellent memories we have of PEPE in our hearts and minds forever.

    Patti and Buddy Conway

  • To Chris’s family and friends…I hope that your memories of Chris provide solace and that God wraps you is his warm embrace as you grieve. Chris’s passing is heartbreaking as it seems he was called home too soon and leaves us with tears in our eyes and holes in our hearts. I am grateful for knowing Chris. He was an outstanding young man with integrity, humor, and a zest for life. Chris made a difference in my life after we met at Fusion and he became my trainer. I will remember him fondly as he always had a smile on his face, a positive demeaner that lit up the gym and a red ball cap turned backwards! I treasure my time with Chris and my memories of him which are woven into the fabric of my life. Pepe!

  • I was one of a few co-conspirator Dolphin trainers. We were friends in the Air Force and outside of work. Sad he has left us so soon and wish we had more time. It is comforting to know he lived and enjoyed his life and his last trip with us was Vegas where he was among friends and had a wonderful time (sharing a few beverages) around the pools and hanging at the cabana. Rest well, Chris. You are already missed.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Chris’s family and friends. His contagious smile, endless enthusiasm, and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all of us whom he worked with New Castle, but will never be forgotten.

  • My heart is sadden to read of the untimely passing of your son, brother, and friend, Chris. He will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him. A wise man once asked. “If a man dies, can he live again?” (Job 14:14) The answer to that insightful question can be found at John 5:25,28,29 as well as at Acts 24:15. These verses have been of great comfort to many and my sincere hope is that your family will be comforted as well. Once more I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Diane,
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • To the Brook’s and Pepe Family,
    Our deepest sympathies and condolences. Christopher was an amazing friend, trainer and Airman. His intelligence, passion and perservance were examples for all to emulate.
    Ai has the honor of commissioning Chris as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air National Guard.

    An American Airman!!

  • We only met Chris a few times but he became an instant friend – very likeable and very real. He was perfect for the Guard… a humble servant and great leader. He will be missed but always appreciated.

  • We had the pleasure of knowing Chris during his years as an outstanding student/athlete at Glasgow. We remember his infectious smile, team spirit, and genuine kindness. It is comforting to read that he followed his dreams and accomplished so much. His memory will surely live on in the hearts of many.
    With Caring, The Yanito Family

  • Diane and Family, Diane Im so sorry for your loss, My sympathies and condolences, thoughts and prayers, to you and your family, Your son was good looking guy and had so much going for him. . I will be thinking of you., take care and hang in there.
    Fondly,
    Linda Akell

  • Steve and Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My sincerest condolences.. I attended Glasgow with Chris and I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I remember him as such a friendly and incredibly funny guy. I’m at a loss for words…

  • Diane, Gov, Becca and Steve,

    I just found out about this and am just stunned. Diane, my first thought was of the evening that you and I sat in your living room on Archer Way. We were going to bake cookies or something like that and you said we could start right after Christopher’s (that’s what we called him back then) and you spelled out B A T H. He was all of two years old, if that, and he looked at you and said,,,,, bath. You and I looked at each other, at him and back at each other and we laughed, oh how we laughed. I’m not surprised at all of his accomplishments in his much too short years. Pleas know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Even though we never met your son we know he was an amazing person. May he Rest In Peace. Gone to soon but never forgotten.

  • My heart is heavy as I return from my European trip, and learn of your tragic loss. I extend my condolences to each and every one of you as you process these events. While we were in class in North Carolina, Chris shared that he was coming to DE. to fellowship with family, and to perform military duties. I will miss our gym talks, football chatter, and discussions over a delicious beverage. For you, I will be in attendance at the Redskins game (wearing my Bears jersey of course) Rest easy Brother!

    Mack

  • My sincere condolences to the family for this sudden and tragic loss. I had the privilege to spend a few weeks with Chris in the classroom not too long ago; he was a bright shining light, always so positive and easy going, a model student. You will be missed Chris…RIP brother!