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Christopher L. Abbott

November 15, 1975 — November 18, 2023

Glenwood, IA

 

Christopher Abbott was born on November 15, 1975, in Fairmont, Minnesota, to Lynn and Ruth Abbott

and brother Andrew. The family lived in Fairmont until July of 1978 when the family relocated to Boone,

Iowa.

Chris attended school in Boone his entire school career, and was an active member of Trinity Lutheran

Church. He loved participating in several different activities throughout his elementary and high school

years including Little League Baseball, Indian Guides, chorus, swing choir, wrestling, and both concert

and marching band. He was especially proud of his time playing Toreador Football. Chris liked to brag

that his football team went undefeated his senior year.

Chris graduated from Boone High School in 1994. After high school he began his college career at

Ellsworth Community College and played football there until he suffered a knee injury. Chris returned to

Boone and attended DMACC where he received his Associate of Arts degree. Afterward he transferred

to the University of Northern Iowa where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. The

highlight of his college experience was when Chris joined the Student Patrol division of the UNI Campus

Safety. He was proud of his service in the program and was a stickler for the rules. This experience led

Chris into his career as a Bellevue Police Officer.

During his time at Boone High School Chris met the love of his life, Amie Herrick. The two were

inseparable from their first date. They dated throughout college and were united in marriage on July 17,

1999. The couple lived in Madrid, Iowa during their first year of marriage where Chris worked at the

Woodward Academy, and volunteered as a Reserve Deputy with the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Amie was offered a teaching position, which led them to Glenwood. Chris secured a job with the

Douglas County Youth Center. He was later hired by the Bellevue Police Department in February 2001,

where he spent over 22 years doing what he loved. He spent many years working nights before joining

the Special Services Unit. Being a police officer is all Chris ever wanted to do. He was a helper, a servant,

and a protector. His passion was to do things that improved the lives of others, especially children.

Chris’s greatest joy was his family. He and his wife Amie were married 24 years, and spent just one day

shy of 30 years together. They were blessed with two sons, Gaven (16) and Brecken (13). He would do

anything to ensure their safety and happiness. He loved watching the boys participate in the activities

they enjoyed, and often coached their teams. Soccer, baseball, football, and basketball often filled his

weekends and evenings.

Along with his extended family, Chris leaves behind many dear friends who were more like family to him.

He valued the friendships he made as a cherished treasure, and his circle of friends and family stands as

a testament to the warmth and sincerity he brought into the lives of others.

 

Preceded in death by his father, Lynn Abbott.  Survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Amie; sons, Gaven

and Brecken; mother, Ruth Abbott; brother, Andrew Abbott; his extended family, many good friends

and his fellow police officers on the Bellevue Police Department.

 

MEMORIAL SERVICE Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 10:30am at Bellevue Christian Center with interment

of the urn at the Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood, IA. 

 

VISITATION with the family Monday, November 27, 2023, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Bellevue Christian Center. 

 

The family requests no flowers. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family through the Omaha Police Credit Union.

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