Abraham Michael Chard, 25, went to heaven to meet his Savior on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021, in Jessup, Maryland. Born March 31, 1996, in Misawa, Japan, to Michael W. Chard and Denise L. Churruca while Michael was in the United States Navy. Abraham attended Liberty High School in Eldersburg, Maryland where he graduated in 2015. While studying there, he completed the Culinary Arts program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, where he earned his American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification as a Junior Culinarian. He also studied Culinary Management at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. While attending high school, Abe met Alexis L. Smith (Lexi), whom he married on January 11, 2019, in Cambridge, Maryland. They had two children, Connor and Jamie Chard, and lived in Cambridge and Reisterstown, Maryland. Abe was a cheerful, kind, loving, and respectful person and loved making people laugh. He thoroughly enjoyed being part of Liberty High School’s performance of Tarzan where he played one member of the tribe of apes. Abraham was a good husband and father. Abraham was a diligent and reliable worker. His first job was as a food service clerk in the deli with Safeway supermarket in Eldersburg, followed by being a deli cook for Wegmans grocery store in Columbia, a cook at Noodles and Company Restaurant in Eldersburg, and then he worked at Walmart in Eldersburg. Abraham moved to the Eastern shore and became a cook at Verona Pizza Family Restaurant in Cambridge, then Abe moved to Reisterstown where he was a cook and was learning to be a manager at Dairy Queen in Eldersburg, and his last job was at Wawa convenience store as a deli and cash register associate in Reisterstown, Maryland. Abe’s family remembers many good times they had. Lexi remembers their fun family trips to Sailwinds Park and Abe playing with Connor. When Abraham was about 5 years old, he visited his grandparents farm in Idaho. Great-grandpa John Babcock told Abe if he caught Nitro the rooster, he would give him $5. That kept Abraham very busy running after Nitro the entire visit. Denise and Abraham enjoyed Taekwondo lessons together. Abe earned a black belt. Mike and Nancy remember the great times we had vacationing in Ocean City with Abraham, Zack, and Sarah. The five of us got soaking wet while riding the OC Rocket boat. For middle school spirit week “Twins Day,” Abraham and Zack handmade matching silly costumes with green T-shirts, black pants, boxes around their shoes, and blue shoebox hats with green streamers and flashlights attached. We all remember Abe having fun keeping up with Connor being ring bearer in Michelle and Matt's wedding. Sarah said Abe was always doing his best to make her happy no matter the circumstances. Survivors include his beloved wife, Lexi and children, Connor and Jamie. His mother, Denise Chard of Phoenix, Arizona; his father, Michael and stepmother, Nancy Chard of Eldersburg, Maryland; his sisters, Michelle Vargo and husband Matthew, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and their daughter Rin, and Sarah Chard of Phoenix, Arizona; and stepbrother, Zachary Orndorff of Catonsville, Maryland; his grandparents, Herb and Donna Churruca of Marsing, Idaho, Danny Chard of La Luz, New Mexico, and Joan Stonesifer of Edgewood, Maryland; and special friends, James and Mary Lurz and family of Eldersburg, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, sympathies may be expressed in the form of contributions to Franklin Graham’s organization, Samaritan’s Purse. https://www.samaritanspurse.org.
The celebration of Abraham’s life will be held on Saturday, September 11th at 2 pm at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church located at 961 Johnsville Road, Sykesville, MD 21784. Family will be receiving guests at 1 pm. Masks are currently required indoors. Interment private. Condolences may be offered at www.jnzumbrunfuneralhome.com.
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