Christopher Tuttle, 38, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Chris was born and raised in Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Ames High School in 1997. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Vocal Music Performance.
Chris was well-known for his musical talent he shared with the Ames community. He started his performance career with ACTORS and productions at Ames High. At Northwestern, Chris was an active performer in many productions and concerts. After graduating, Chris remained in Chicago and performed at several venues including Navy Pier and Drury Lane theaters. Chris moved to New York City where he performed with, directed, and produced The Story Pirates, a children's theater company, of which he was a founding member.
Chris returned to Chicago where he lived for six years and worked in the restaurant business. Chris's charismatic smile and genuine personality brought many friends together over the course of his life. Chris will always be remembered as a vibrant, loving person who shared his passion for life with others.
Chris is survived by his mother, Karen Tuttle of Ames; two sisters, Jennifer (Kyle) Meeske of Bettendorf and Emily (Isaac) Law of Ames. Chris was also a proud uncle to Abigail and Logan Meeske and Julia, Charles, and Audrey Law. He was preceded in death by his father, Terrence Tuttle of Ames; his grandparents, Ivan and Mary Jo Tuttle of Ames, Jack and Margaret Foy of Fremont, NE; and his aunt Mary Ann Fleck of Laguna Nigel, CA.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 4th, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Christopher Tuttle Memorial at First National Bank of Ames, 405 5th Street, Ames, IA 50010, to establish a scholarship in his name.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Dear Tuttle Family: I did not know Chris, personally. His father, Terry, was a few years ahead of me at Ames High School. However, from the first time my mother insisted that we had to go to the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Cecilia's at which Chris would be singing, and we had to be there early, I have always felt that it wasn't Christmas until I was back in Ames, sitting in a pew at St. Cecilia's, after Communion and then Chris Tuttle stepped up to the microphone. This Christmas I will be back in Ames, sitting in a pew at St. Cecilia's, but it will be different. I will have to remember his wonderful rendition of Oh Holy Night. May he rest in peace and may you find peace on earth. Sincerely, Joan M. Waters
Dear Karen, Jenny, and Emily,
We were so sad to hear of Chris's death. He brought so much joy and laughter to others. We haven't seen him much since high school days but I'll never forget how great he was in Pirates of Penzance. Sara so enjoyed performing with him. It was a highlight for our family.
We are so thankful for the times we had with Chris.
We wish peace for you during this hard time
Since Chris's passing. I have learned so much more about him through the memories of so many others that were shared within me after passing along the terrible news. I will never meet someone like him even again bevsusn he was that special, unique and the rarest one of a kind whom you'll ever know. Not only did he enrich my life by being part of it, he made the world a brighter place to live on. He has touched so many lives that I'm truly humble and one of the most fortunate people to have been introduced to him and ultimately.call him my friend. I will miss you, Christopher Terrance Tuttle and I while I will never be the same without you here, I was never the same beginning in the day that I met you. You were that bright of a light in the world. It was the utmost pleasure having had you in my life and thank you for the bazillions of laughs over and over again till my sides would hurt. Thanks for being you, Chris. I miss you so much.
Till next time, Boo. I shall see you in my dreams. You're the best.
We are so sorry. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God grant you comfort and and a peace that passes all understanding.
Jim & Emily Hilleman & family
Sending love and light.
Cynthia and John Paschen
Dear Karen, Jenny, and Emily,
My heart hurts for each of you and the rest of your family. I am so sorry you all have to endure this pain. Always cherish all of the happy faces Chris brought with his talented beautiful self...I attended Christmas Eve with mom whenever in Ames and looked foward to hearing and seeing him there! Take one day, one hour, one minute at a time and dwell on all the light Chris shone while here on Earth!!
Julie Olsson Keigley
Dear Karen, Jennifer, Emily, and family,
Our hearts are breaking with yours at the news of Chris's death. He was such a talented, beautiful soul, and our whole family loved and enjoyed him from his youth. You are all in our prayers many times each day as you face this tragic loss. May God comfort you and bring you peace. With deepest sympathy, Pam & Glenn Sibbel & Family
Dear Tuttle Family, I did not know Christopher but enjoyed and looked forward to his singing at Christmas mass every year. His voice was so beautiful. My heart aches for you and your loss. In my prayers, Elisabeth Lunaburg
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