Brian, Catherine, and Allison Raible

children of

Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible

Catherine, Allison, and Brian Raible

The Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation’s 2024 Scholarship Recipients are Brian, Catherine, and Allison Raible.

Brian, Catherine, and Allison Raible are the family of American hero, Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, and Donnella Raible. Through the generosity of our corporate sponsors and individual sponsors, Catherine and Allison will each receive a future-use college scholarship intended to cover the entire unmet needs of their college tuition and expenses.

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Christopher K. "Otis" Raible, formerly of North Huntingdon, PA, stationed in Yuma, Ariz., was killed in action Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, leading a counterattack against enemy forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province Afghanistan.

He was born Aug. 18, 1972, in McKeesport, a son of Alvin C. and Kim Piotrowski Raible, of North Huntingdon. Christopher began his military career as an AV8 Harrier fighter pilot and went on to become commanding officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211 Avengers (VMA-211). He received numerous military honors including Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and is a recipient of the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, Combat Action Ribbon and an Air Medal with Strike 15 Award.

Lt Col C. Raible

Christopher was a member of St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon, PA. He was a graduate of Norwin High School, class of 1990, graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in civil engineering, class of 1995. He enjoyed golf and was an avid Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fan.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Dorothy Raible; and maternal grandparents, Julius and Belvina "Grace" Piotrowski.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his his wife, Donnella Tanner Raible; three children, Catherine, Allison, and Brian; and one sister, Lona L. Bosley and her husband, Dennis, and their children, Lauren, Matthew, and Jacob. Lt. Col. Raible made the ultimate sacrifice and is a true American Hero.

We are proud to honor his memory during this year’s Salute To Service and appreciate your support in securing a collegiate future for his children, Brian, Catherine, and Allison, who we believe have also given the ultimate sacrifice.

Brian, Catherine, and Allison: the Willis Foundation wants you to know that your father is an American Hero!