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Christopher Lee Mapes

CHRISTOPHER LEE MAPES age 48, died suddenly and unexpectedly August 24, 2021 in FL; beloved husband of Sagan (nee Ruby); loving father of Kyle Christopher Donahue; cherished son of the late Pamela (nee Hurford) and David; devoted son-in-law of Karen Ruby and Michael Ruby II; dearest nephew, cousin, and friend of many.

Chris was a lifetime resident of Geauga County before moving to Florida a few months ago.  Chris had the biggest heart for the ones he loved. He was born with a birth defect where one leg was shorter than the other, yet that never stopped him. He wrestled for 17 years, worked at his parents’ nursery, and did farm work harder than anyone else would have done. He loved music and to play guitar especially for those he cherished. He was the most solid friend you could ever ask for. He loved messing with people and getting a laugh.
Chris is best described by Sagan as being one tough cookie, honest, sensitive, loyal, intelligent, and truly one-of-a-kind. The friends he had were in his life since school. Chris always put his soul into his music and that was a huge part of his life he shared with Sagan. He leaves one son Kyle who has taken over the generational family nursery, Mapes Greenhouse & Florist, which made Chris so proud of him. He was unapologetic, get out of his way, nothing could stifle the things he believed in, and everything he did was done with passion. Chris saw beauty and so many things the world has to offer, and cherished the little things and moments every day.

Celebration of Life Service Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM at THE FUNERAL HOME. Burial immediately following at Chester Township Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Chris at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) THURSDAY 3:00 PM UNTIL TIME OF SERVICE.


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