Christopher David Lien, November 13, 2013 - March 7, 2013

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Christopher David Lien, age 14, of Eau Claire, passed away suddenly at home on Thursday March 7th, with his mother by his side.

Christopher was born on November 13th, 1998 in Eau Claire to Michael J. Lien and Kelly Lien.

Chris was a student at South Middle School, and was loved by all who knew him. He had a heart of gold and left us too soon. He was super athletic, was the kind of kid that others wanted to be around, and was known by everyone. He recently picked up a love for writing, and he loved animals. Chris had a desire to work in a profession to help others – he wanted to make a change in the world.  He would love for his friends and classmates to make the most of their lives, and help him fulfill this dream.

He is survived by his father Michael (Heather) Lien and mother Kelly Lien; his sister Madison Jelinek-Lien of Woodbury, MN; his brothers Josh Wurzer and Ryan Thompson of Eau Claire; his uncle Eric (Kim) Lien and aunt Missy (Joe) Christopherson; his grandparents Jerry (Andi) Williams of Hayward, WI, and Elizabeth (Mort) Baskin of Boynton Beach, FL, and the late David (Judy) Lien of Eau Claire, WI; grandma Linda Martin of Columbia, CA; great grandpa Willis Williams of Fredric, WI; great grandparents Alfred (Eve) Schultz of Bismarck, ND; Chris will also be deeply missed by his favorite cousins, Carly Lien, Rohen Lien, and Simon Christopherson of Eau Claire. He is also survived by his extended family – Uncle Andy (Tracy) Radle, aunt Karla Radle, cousins Sydni, Rebecca, Sara, and Heather’s children Madysen, Bryxen, and Brayden.

Memorial visitation will take place from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home. There will be no public services.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

In lieu of flowers, or to send your condolences and support for our teenagers in Eau Claire, donate to Boys & Girls Club of Eau Claire (, or The Healing Place, 1010 Oakridge Drive, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Phyllis Kritz April 14, 2013

    My heart breaks for you. What I would give to turn back the clock to our meeting in January, you without socks, pretty in pink, contagiously hopeful. Please know my entire family sends our deepest condolences and continues to hold you close in heart. May Christopher's memory be for blessing, and may you find peace and understanding on your journey through grief. One day at a time, Dearest Kelly.

  2. Kailee Kavanaugh March 28, 2013

    WE LOVE U.
    i miss u so much u were a great friend! ;(

  3. Jen Humblet March 18, 2013

    Kelly, I am so saddened to hear of the tragedy that has hit your life. My heart breaks for you and your family and my prayers are with you and Christopher. Words alone are not enough for the comfort I wish I could give you. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you.

  4. jim mccarthy (Dr. Mac) March 14, 2013

    Words cannot express my sorrow. I will always have fond memories of Chris. A fine young man and gentleman. Chris, you will be missed. We love you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you!!

  5. Anonymous March 14, 2013

    So very sorry to hear the loss of your beautiful son. My heart weeps for you and I will be praying for him and you all. May God be with you.

  6. David, Margie, Alexis, Charlotte Ledford March 13, 2013

    Lein Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Even though I don't know exactly what you are feeling at this time. My own heart has felt sorrow. I will send prayers for the angels to come. For them to assist your son safely to the Lord and for their return to help carry you for the days ahead.

  7. Ruth Erickson (Kuhn) March 13, 2013

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your child. May God give you the strength, comfort and peace needed during this most difficult time.

  8. Christina Narciso March 12, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Chris; he was a nice kid. May he rest in peace!
    Christina Narcisoq

  9. Amanda Glaus March 12, 2013


    I am so sorry to hear about Christopher. I cannot imagine how your heart must be hurting. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Amanda (Smith) Glaus

  10. Karla Nelson March 12, 2013

    Scott, Cooper and I are so sorry for your lost. I remember the boys playing in Kriss's pool when they were litte and something like this is so hard to imagine. I will say another prayer for you tonight that you and your family find the strength you need.
    The Nelson's

  11. Heather and Jaiden March 12, 2013

    We are so sorry for the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Barry and Tammy Bloom March 12, 2013

    Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  13. Gene and Tammy Hanson March 12, 2013

    To the Family, so sorry for the loss of your child. Our thoughts are with you.

  14. Randy Ganther March 12, 2013

    Very sorry for your family's loss. Will not be able to be there in person for the funeral but you can be sure my thoughts are with you.

  15. The Witte Family March 12, 2013

    Kelly, thinking about you daily and fondly remembering that 4 year old blonde little boy with the giant smile who would greet us at Little Bloomers everyday. He was truly one-of-a kind and that smile will not be forgotten by all who were touched by it. Deepest Sympathy to your entire family.

    Jesica, Jeff, Skylar and Noah Witte

  16. JoAnn Carlson and Keysha3 March 12, 2013

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Our heart aches for you and your family. Chris was a wonderful child and we will dearly miss.

  17. Nancie Nelson/The Eckmeier family and John DeMatteo with all March 12, 2013

    We have watched Chris grow up as we gathered our families together every year for our vacation week at the Hideaway Resort on Lake Wissota. Such beautiful memories of laughter, flash light tags with the children running around and interestingly, I got to know Chris better this past summer with the movie nights. Lien family, you are like part of "our family". We have shared such happiness together over all these years. We wish we could hug you now...but promise to be there with our arms opened and our hearts sadden by your very sad loss. God's choicest blessings.

  18. Susan, Kory & Kourtney March 11, 2013

    Dear Kelly: I just wanted to express our deepest condolences on the loss of your precious son. I only had the opportunity to meet Chris once but he seemed like a wonderful young man and very handsome. My daughter had the chance to know him better and she was saddened at his sudden passing. May God keep you and your family safe and may you find peace and comfort in celebrating Chris' life

  19. Maria March 11, 2013

    Im very sorry for your loss. He was a friend of mine at south. We all miss him. he was really nice. He was awesome. ~Maria Palm

  20. Keysha Carlson March 11, 2013

    Dear Lien Family'
    I am sorry for your loss. I know that I haven't known Chris that long, but I know that I went to Daycare and Kindergarten with him, but now Chris will be remembered and never forgotten by his friends and family and will also be in all of are hearts and looking over us all, too.

  21. Elmer Sprick March 11, 2013

    Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Elmer and Mavis Sprick

  22. Brittney K March 11, 2013

    Dear Lien Family,
    I am really sorry for your loss, Im a 7th grader at south, so i didnt really get to see, or know him.. but losing a fellow south student is the worst i can think about... alot people knew him (i sadly not one of them, wish i could have been) but he seem like a nice person. I saw him a few times around South, *always being good!* and i am truly sorry for your loss. My condolences.
    With my love- Brittney K *we will never forget such a great person*

  23. Brian Gillis March 11, 2013

    Dear Kelly and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Chris. I didn't know him well but the couple of times I met him he was such a nice young man to talk to and seemed so very polite.Can't even imagine loosing a loved one so young and my prayers are with you in these hard times.
    Take care and my thoughts are with you.
    Brian Gillis

  24. Christina Wiersgalla March 11, 2013

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express the loss that you are all going through. Thinking of you.

  25. The Siegler Family March 11, 2013

    We are very sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  26. Beth Mellien March 11, 2013

    I am deeply sorry for the loss of Christopher. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this diffucult time.

  27. Lori Pederson March 11, 2013

    Judy Lien and family, So sorry for your lose, I will keep all of you in my thoughts! May god help heal your hearts.

  28. Leah Diana (Kuhn) March 11, 2013

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious Christopher. Your family is in my prayers during this very diffcult time.

  29. Angela March 11, 2013

    I don't know your family, but NEVER is the loss of such a young soul easy. This may not make things better for you at this time, but even strangers are praying for your family. May your sweet son rest in peace. Our prayers are with your family during this time of loss.

  30. LeAnn (Sessions) Colins March 11, 2013

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  31. Erin (Christopher) Gee March 11, 2013


    Although I didn’t know your Christopher, I knew you and Eric when you were his age and I can only imagine he lived his life out loud like you both did and that he was an amazing replica with his own twist. My heart is very heavy for you and your entire family. I hope you find strength in numbers and are surrounded by love and caring while you remember your beloved precious boy.

    Thinking of you all,


  32. Tammy Kirby (Winrich) March 11, 2013

    Lien Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. God Bless.

  33. Adam and Jennifer Swirtz March 11, 2013

    We have had the pleasure of spending one week a year with Christopher and his family while visiting a resort on Lake Wassota. We are all deeply saddened by this sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Lien family during this difficult time.

  34. Reece Meier March 10, 2013

    Dear Lien Family,
    I am deeply sorry for your loss knowing Chris for 6 years already. Those 6 years of my 14 years if my life were the best. I am so sad that I lost a great friend but I just can't imagine what your going through. I remember in 3rd grade when Chris invited me to his birthday party and we were just crazy kids running around at the hotel his birthday was at and when we were in 4th grade all the girls decided to put pony tails in Chris's hair oh he looked so funny going back to Mrs. Gallagher's class on Thursday and looking back at all those photos of Chris those were probably is best two years of his life in 4th and 5th grade and seeing that smile that everyone loved. Chris changed many lives even mine he was a great friend he will always be in my heart. And remembering every single day I ate lunch with him. My prayers go out to you Lien family.

  35. The Cook Family March 10, 2013

    Dear Mike and Family:

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Tanya, Levi, Sonya, Maria, and Perrin Cook

  36. Tricia Biesterveld March 10, 2013

    Dear Lien Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. It has been some time since we have seen Chris, which happens as they move on from daycare; but I remember that 5 year old boy with the best smile who loved to make his friends laugh. Chris brought so much energy to the classroom each day. I am sure that continued through his grade school and middle school years. I look back at pictures of Chris's class of preschoolers and there is not one picture he is not showing that wonderful smile. Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss of such a wonderful young man.
    Tricia Biesterveld
    Little Bloomers childcare

  37. Richard & Carolyn Lynch March 10, 2013

    There are no words to express our sadness over the passing of Christopher. Richard and I pray that God will give you comfort and peace in the days to come.

  38. Jill Supple-Urdahl March 9, 2013

    Dear Lien family~
    We are deeply sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in our prayers as we send thoughts of peace and courage for you during this time of sadness.

    Peace, Prayers and Sympathy,
    Jill & Eric Urdahl

  39. Derek and Katie Rognlien March 9, 2013

    Kelly and family,

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Christopher. We are thinking of you and your family and pray that you find joy in celebrating his life. We also hope that you can feel support and love from those around you. Take care, Derek and Katie Rognlien

  40. brad brovan March 9, 2013

    Sorry for your loss.. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time....

  41. Alyssa March 9, 2013

    I first met Chris when I was in 2nd grade; We went to Sherman together. Even back then everyone wanted to know him or be more like him. He had some kind of greatness that radiated; He was truly an amazing guy. Though me and Chris weren't too close I always had so much respect for him. I and hundreds of other people looked up to him. I really wish I could have gotten to know him better, but I was too shy to ever make conversation. That is something I will regret for the rest of my life; but one thing this experience has taught me is to say what I want to say because tomorrow is not guaranteed, it is a privileged. The passing of Chris has been unbelievably hard for me, so I cannot imagine what his close friends and family are going through. My heart truly goes out to all of you. One thing I tell myself is "The reason he looked like an angel is because he was meant to be one." I can honestly believe this and know that he is now looking down on us from Heaven. Rest in peace, Christopher. You will be missed by so many, but your legacy will live on forever.

  42. Courtney Huebner March 9, 2013

    Dear Lien Family,
    I didn't know Chris very well but I did go to school with him. He had an impact on all of us. Everyone knew him and everyone liked him. If you ever needed something, Chris was the person to go to. He will deeply be missed by all of us. I'm so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please stay strong.

  43. Eric Getten March 9, 2013

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  44. Kaleigh Albers March 9, 2013

    Lien Family,
    I Am So Very Sorry For Your Loss. I Can't Even Imagine What You're Feeling, And What You're Going Through. I Didn't Know Chris Personally, But I Knew Enough About Him To Know That He Was A Great Guy. We Never Talked At School, But I Don't Have To Talk To Him In Order To Care About Him. Hoping You All Will Stay Strong. Chris Will Never Be Forgotten, Because He Will Always Be In Our Hearts.

  45. Kassidy March 9, 2013

    I am so sorry about your loss. I went to school with.Chris, he was an amazing, nice kid. He will be in everyones hearts. We will miss him deeply.

  46. Makayla Moen March 9, 2013

    Dear Lien family,
    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Chris was a great friend of mine in 6th grade. He always had a gorgeous smile on his face and he'd make me laugh all the time. He was always so joyful and that showed that he loved life and the ones in it. Chris and I didn't have any classes together in 8th grade, but I was so glad he came up to me on Wednesday to tell me that I'm a great friend. I will never ever forget Chris. You're in my thoughts and prayers forever! Stay Strong!

  47. Edward and Dona Machnik March 9, 2013

    We are so very, very sorry to hear of Christopher's death.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Ed is Andi's brother. Although, we have not see you for years, our hearts go out to you and your family.

  48. Jacob Jordahl March 9, 2013

    Dear lien family I can't imagine what you are going threw. Kelly I'm so so sorry for your loss. Anything you guys need I'm always here. I won't ever forget Chris knowing him almost his whole life. See you guys soon. Stay strong and you guys are in my prayers.

  49. linda hager March 9, 2013

    Kelly my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  50. Elaine Shiffer March 9, 2013

    My daughter Kira had math with your son this year. I can only imagine the pain you must be feeling. You are in my prayers

    Lord, please be near this family right now. Hold them close. Use this to bring them closer together than ever. May your peace come on them.

  51. Jewel, Tayler, Trenton Conrad March 8, 2013

    Kelly, the boys and I are so sad for you. We will always remember going to California with you and Chris, the fun sleep over on Halloween, the BBQ's we had with Dr.Mac, Chris and that cat that played fetch, the STYX concert we all went to. So many fun memories with the two of you! Chris will be in our hearts forever. I am at a loss for words, I'm sorry. You know if you need anything, anything at all...we are all here for you.

  52. Angie,Kelly,Jordan,Jazmyn,and Jalyn Deal March 8, 2013

    Chris will be so missed,my daughters gone to school witg him since 3rd grade,he use to call my youngest..lil Jaz! Handsome son you had,we are so sorry for your loss.We could never even begin to fathom how your feeling right now.Our prayers and sympathys are with you and your family in this difficult time.May god be with you all to give you strength..Thank you for having a public viewing,kids are going to need the closure..Thinking of you,The Deals

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