Gerald “Chris” Christie
Gerald “Chris” Christie passed away peacefully in his sleep early Wednesday morning, July 2, 2013. Chris was born on December 15, 1921 and was nearly 92 years young. Always with a smile on his face, a joke on his lips and joy in his heart. He loved people of all ages, especially those who might enjoy a bit of trivia. Chris was born in Hastings, IA to his loving parents, Ray and Nellie Christie. He was the youngest of four children, known to his three older sisters, Mina, Chris and June, as “Dutch” (I’m sure you can imagine why). He graduated high school in Guthrie City, IA and went on the serve his country in the European Campaign in WWII, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for saving the life of a fellow soldier. He was Staff Sergeant in the 222nd Infantry Rainbow Division Company G who liberated Dachau Concentration Camp and took Hitler’s private home in Munich, Germany. Chris (Dad) was not only a WWII hero, but a hero in our hearts as well. Music was a very important part of Chris’ life. He truly enjoyed over sixty years of fellowship in Wenatchee’s own Apollo Club. He was honored on his 60th year and has since been known as “Mr. Apollo.” Chris retired after forty years from Wells and Wade Hardware in Outside Industrial Sales. Upon his retirement, he and his lovely wife, Pat, built their dream home on the 5th green at Three Lakes Golf Course in Malaga, WA, where he golfed every day possible. He resided in his Three Lakes home until February of this year, when he moved to Tuscany Cottage Adult Family Home on the second tee. From there, he could watch (and critique) the same players from the opposite side of the course. We are ever so grateful to the superior caregivers at Tuscany Cottage who loved and cared for our father and to Hospice who allowed him to pass with dignity and respect.
Chris is survived by his four children and their spouses, Anita (Bob) Escure of George, WA, Jeff (Wendy) Christie of Everett, WA, Terri (Brian) Smith of Longview, WA and Janet (Nick) Weber of Poulsbo, WA. He will be greatly missed by his eight grandchildren, Tyler Musson, Gabe Escure, Anastasiya Escure, Jessica Sahlberg, Matt Christie, Conor Smith, Blair Smith and Nicole Weber. Chris was blessed with four beautiful great grandchildren, Stone, Maren, Ben and Sophia and two on the way, Isla and Olivia. His beautiful wife preceded him in death in April of 2007, as well as his first born son, Douglas.
Family was of the ultimate importance to Chris. He was surrounded in song by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in the weeks and days prior to his death. He is now second tenor with the choir of angels.
Please join Chris’ family and friends for a Celebration of Life at Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. followed by Full Military Graveside Honors at the Wenatchee Cemetery.