Christopher Jerome Caduff, 53, of Wildomar, California, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 14th, 1964, and raised in Mishawaka, Indiana. He passed away in Wildomar, California on June 9th, 2019.
His memorial service is at 3 pm on Friday June 28th, 2019. Visitation will follow from 4-8 pm on Friday, June 28th, 2019, at 27010 Encanto Drive, Menifee, CA 92585.
Funeral services will be held on June 29th, 2019, at 10 am at 34754 Trabuco Drive, Lake Forest, California. Burial will follow at Ascension Cemetery. Arrangements are by Evans-Brown Mortuary, Sun City, California.
Christopher was born in Cleveland, Ohio to John and Rita Caduff on December 14th, 1964. He went to school at Mishawaka High School, and he graduated from ITT Technical Institutes. He worked for Northrup Gruman, as an F35 Avionics Engineer for the last two years. He worked for SpaceX as a quality control engineer for[CD1] several years. Prior to SpaceX he worked for Philips as Life Science Test Instructor Engineer in the Health Care Division. He was highly respected by all his colleagues. From 1984 to 1990, he was a veteran of the Marine Corp, and was present during the 1986 United States bombing of Libya, code-named Operation El Dorado Canyon, serving topside as an aviation mechanic on USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Sidra, on 15 April 1986, during the engagement. He was awarded the Sharpshooter Badge, Meritorious Mast Badge, Meritorious Unit Commendation (twice awarded), the Good Conduct Medal (three times awarded), Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal (Libya).
Chris is preceded in death by his son Jason Caduff, his parents John and Rita Caduff, his grandparents Frank and Stella Muszynski, his second father Robert Strantz, brother Michael Strantz, brother Frank Strantz, sister Judith Strantz. He is survived by his wife Genelyn Ban Caduff and her daughter Geneza Ban, first wife Lily Nguyen Ellis and son Jeremy Caduff; second mother Trudy Strantz; sisters Peg Strantz, Elizabeth Strantz, Mary Beth Rosheck, and Caroline Drummond (James), and his sister-in-law Laurie Strantz; brothers Charles (Sue) Strantz, Eric (Suzan) Strantz; nieces and nephews Sonya (Jeff) Glenn, Melissa (Bill) Mason, Scott (Kelly) Strantz, Catrice Strantz, Judah Strantz, Reuben Strantz, Breanna Strantz, Corey Strantz, Christopher Strantz and Kasee Strantz, Ryan Rosheck, AJ Rosheck, Frankie Baiz, Cassidy Baiz, Jesse Drummond, Jacob Drummond, and Arianna Drummond; and granddaughter Elle Caduff, and many cousins, great nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered for the endless love and his devotion for his children. He was committed to his wife, work, family and friends, and his passions for technology and electronics, motorcycling, camping, hiking, sports events, nature photography, gardening, and the beach. He dearly loved his sons Jason and Jeremy, and being a father and mentor to his adopted daughter, Geneza. He will be remembered always for all the countless special times and memories he left behind with each of his friends and family members.
Donations may be sent to the Mighty Oaks Foundation - Veteran Recovery Programs & Support at Mightyoaksprograms.org, and South Orange County Outreach for the homeless.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Caduff, Kevin Naziri, Martin Naziri, Christopher Strantz, Aaron Rosheck and his good friend Joe.
The family of Chris wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Jim Shaffer, Gary and Mary Ann Wright, Aaron and Jennifer McCartney, and Kevin Naziri. Matthew Hughes, The Mota Family, William Ramirez, and for the prayers and positive energy sent his way.