At 6:50 PM on September 17, 2022, the Lord took an American hero home. He may not have been of world renown, but he was a hero, nonetheless. Surrounded by his family, he quietly slipped away. He walks at Jesus’s side in peace and joy, greeted by all our loved ones that have gone before.
On February 9, 1940, in Neillsville, Wisconsin, Richard “Dick” Lester Christie was born to Eugene Samuel and Eva Sophia Kalkofen Christie. He had two siblings, Kenneth and Larry. He is survived by Kenneth.
During high school, Richard served in the US Army Reserve. Following that, he completed a tour in the US Air Force. It wasn’t until the end of his tour that he discovered his career of choice, the US Navy Sea Bees where he trained to become an electrician like his father before him. Richard retired after over twenty-two years of military service in September 1978. After his military career, Richard worked for the Union Pacific Railroad until he retired from it as well. Richard was a highly decorated, disabled veteran who served his nation with distinction.
On November 4, 1961, in Elko, Nevada Richard married Norma “Kay” Faught. Richard and Norma were married fifty-nine years before she preceded him in death. They were preceded in death by their son, Richard Jr. They are survived by their daughters, EvaJean and Ella Kay. Also surviving them are their grandchildren, Steffan, Tamyra, Kirsten, William, Kelly, Tony, Joseph, and Travis. Their great-grandchildren Alyssa, Alissa, (yes there are two) Alexis, Claire, Natalie, William Jr., Ashleigh, Brian, Gemma, and Everlee will have fleeting memories of the grandpa who loved them all. They were preceded in death by William’s eldest, Khloe.
A memorial service will be held for Richard Christie from 1:00-4:30 pm on October 3rd at Strike Time Lanes in Neillsville. Following the services, a picnic will be held at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park.
Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Richard’s family with Funeral arrangements.
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