Roll of Honor

James "Chris" Settles

James “Chris” Settles

  • Firefighter
  • Stanley Volunteer Fire Department
  • Kentucky
  • Age: 54
  • Year of Death: 2018

James Christopher “Chris” Settles, 54, of Stanley, Kentucky, died Friday, August 31, 2018. He was born on May 23, 1964 in Owensboro, Kentucky, to Jim and Patty Settles. Chris was a loving husband, father, and granddaddy who owned and operated a family farm, “Settles 3 Chick Farms,” in Stanley, Kentucky.

He was a lifelong member of St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Stanley, a member of the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department for 34 years, a participant of the Philip Morris Agricultural Leadership Program, a previous board member of the National Farmers Organization, a previous board member for Owensboro Catholic Schools, a proud supporter of the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service, and a member of the Owensboro Lions Club, where he was an avid supporter of the Soap Box Derby.

Chris is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sandy Settles; his children, Melissa Settles, Lauren Settles (Brian) Neltner, Kelsey Settles (Jordan) Pruden; and one grandchild, Ansley Rose Neltner.

Chris was an admirable member of the community and a hardworking husband and father who shared his passion for God, his family, community involvement, and agriculture in many ways. His favorite hobby was collecting model toy tractors. Chris always looked forward to circling his favorite toy tractors in magazines every year in anticipation for Christmas to come. We always think about Chris the most during the Christmas season and think back to how he made not only Christmas, but every day, a brighter, better day.