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Mark E. Christian


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Mark E. Christian

Born: May 7, 1950; in Aurora, IL

Died: July 1, 2018; in Newark, IL

Mark E. Christian, 68, of rural Newark, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2018 at his home with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Helmar Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven C. Lombardo officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will follow in Helmar Cemetery.

Born May 7, 1950 in Aurora, Illinois, the son of Howard and Dorothy (Hughes) Christian. He graduated from Newark High School with the class of 1968. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1970 and served in Germany. Mark married Bessie Moe on March 18, 1972 at West Lisbon Church. They lived most of their married life in rural Newark. For several years he was employed at Silica Sand, NAPA Auto Parts in Morris and Yorkville and also a farmer for many years. He also worked as a bus driver at Parkview.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Bessie of Newark; three children, Cheri (Jason) Amaru of Cape Cod, MA, Eric (Kris) Christian of Newark and Tim (Jenny) Christian of Newark; eleven grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Pam) Christian of Newark; and one sister, Beth (John) Talley of Newark.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of the Helmar Lutheran Church and served as a trustee for Fox Township.

He was a loving husband and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mark was an avid arrowhead hunter, enjoyed gardening and was a great cook.

Memorials may be given to the food pantry at Helmar Lutheran Church.

Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St. in Morris is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call the funeral home at 815-942-0700 or sign the private online guestbook at www.frulandfuneralhome.com.
Published in Morris Herald-News on July 3, 2018
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