|Rigoberto "Chez" Sanchez|
|May 30, 1966 - November 16, 2010|
|Visitation: 5-8 pm November 18, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, IL|
|Funeral Service: 10 am November 19, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, IL|
|Interment: November 19, 2010 at Rock Island National Cemetery |
|Rigoberto “Chez” Sanchez, 44, of Sherrard, died Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island. Services for Mr. Sanchez will be 10 am Friday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Avenue, Milan. Visitation will be today from 5-8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted. Memorials may be made to the family.|
Rigoberto was born on May 30, 1966 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the son of Rigoberto Sanchez and Rosa Maldonado. He married Kathern McCarty on February 19, 1988 in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. Chez worked for TACOM as a logistics analyst at the Rock Island Arsenal. Earlier he had served 15 years in the U.S. Army, with deployments in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Korea. Chez continued to serve his country with two more deployments to Iraq as a civil service employee. He enjoyed spending time with his family, flying with the aspirations of becoming a private pilot, cars, Salsa music and movies.
Survivors include his wife, Kathern; children, Rosa Sanchez, Columbus, GA, Fabian Sanchez, Sherrard, Ruben Sanchez, Sherrard, Bianca Sanchez, still at home; grand daughter, Sydney; sister, Betty Sanchez, Puerto Rico; aunts and uncles, Carmen Maldonado and Michael Laboy, Magaly Maldonado and Jose Juan, Aida Maldonado and Roberto (Cocote), Efrain Maldonado and Maria Maldonado, Ismael “Papo” Maldonado; cousin-”brother”, Roberto Cedeno`.
Mr. Sanchez was preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com
My deepest condolances go out to Chez's family. I had the honor of working with him at the Arsenal. He was a wonderful man and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
-- Murray Hancks
My condolences to your family. You are in my prayers during this time of lost.
-- Chaplain Scott Fluegel
May God provide your family with Comfort during this time of sorrow and provide you strength for the upcoming Holidays.
-- Lori DeJonghe
I would just like to say that it was an honor for me to serve with Chez at the Rock Island arsenal. He was my mentor. He would always tell me not to sweat the small stuff. He will be missed. I pray that God will comfort your hearts.
-- Marvin Ross
Chez, bro, what a shock. I worked with Chez in the LAR program, deployed with him and enjoyed his friendship. You wil bne greatly missed my friend.
-- Kingsley "Smitty" Smith
May the grace and peace of God comfort you in this time of bereavement. For surely Jesus has bore our grief and carried our sorrow. Ki Knowlin
-- Ki Knowlin
My deepest condolances go out to Rigoberto (Chez) Sanchez family.
Great Friend, God Bless you Bro.
-- Edgar Santiago
Thank you Mr. Sanchez for your military service.
-- Paul Fredenburg
I had the pleasure of serving with Sanchez in the 90's in Germany and then in Korea while I was still in the military and he was a Civilian. During our time spent in Korea we spent time with each other almost daily for over eight months and became very close friends. I also got to meet cathy and the kids and know that Sanchez loved them very much. Sanchez also had a great deal of love for his friends and for music and culture of his native Puerto Rico, something that we had in common. Just last Sunday he called me and we spoke for about 15 minutes, little that I know that it was going to be our last conversation. Chez you will be missed by family and friends and as for me goes I feel like I lost a brother. My deepest condolences to Cathy and the kids. Felix Chinea
-- Felix Chinea
I just wanted to say how sorry I at your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family! I worked close to Chez. He was very quiet, but always had a smile and a hello when I passed him in the hallway at work. He was a great worker and we appreciated the job he did at TACOM. May God comfort you and your family during this time!
-- PAT JACQUES
We are regular customers of Pinnochio's where Roberto is working, and heard of this tragic loss today. We were very "entertained" by Roberto when he went out of his way to be friendly to a couple of old folks out for lunch, and have looked forward to seeing him ever since. We are sure this world is going to miss "Chez" if he was anything like his "brother" Roberto. We are so sorry for your loss.
-- Sandy, Mr.Marvin, and Doris
Chez was my TACOM Armament LAR when I was in the 3rd HBCT at Ft Benning. When I retired he helped me with my resume for TACOM and I eventually filled the position he left at FT Benning. Chez was a good man and I enjoyed working with him both as a Soldier and as a fellow LAR.
-- James Garner