George Christopher Read passed of natural causes at his home in Fairbanks on Aug. 12, 2014.|
Chris was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on March 28, 1948, to George A. Read and Mary M. (Conway) Read and baptized there at St. Joseph Cathedral.
The family moved to Goffstown, New Hampshire, in 1953 and Chris attended local schools, graduating in 1966 from Goffstown High School. He attended Ricker College in Houlton, Maine.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany for two years before serving in Alaska to complete his service.
After arriving in Alaska in April 1971, he quickly became involved in the local community of believers in Christ known as the Jesus People Movement. Chris met his wife, Michel, at a home fellowship hosted by Elsie Thomas and Helen Douglas, Michel's mother.
This fellowship became Lighthouse Tabernacle and ultimately Door of Hope Church.
Chris and Michel Married in November 1971 and had two daughters, Rachel Pleasants and Emily Rozsi, both of whom live in Fairbanks today with their husbands, Ken Pleasants II and Walter Rozsi Jr., and their children.
Chris spent two years at school at Christ for the Nations where he obtained an associates degree for child evangelism.
He would use these skills to help teach at Lighthouse Christian Academy, on his mission trips to the Philippines and in service to the churches he attended.
Chris was an evangelist at heart and his life revolved around his faith in Jesus Christ.
He was always sharing the love of Christ with everyone he encountered through his famously corny jokes, his heartfelt joy, and his genuine compassion for the needs of others.
Many people know Chris as the gatekeeper at the airport parking lot where he managed for 27 years. His smiling face and cheerful countenance will be missed by blurry eyed travelers returning to Fairbanks.
His family said, "Chris' love of life and joy of the Lord will be greatly missed. His laughter still echoes in all our hearts and we know Heaven is a bit more jolly now.
There is no more sorrow, no more pain in Heaven, but there is joy and laughter and Chris is a main contributor to the joy of the Lord and we look forward to joining him."
Christopher is predeceased by his parents, George A. Read and Mary M. (Conway) Read; sister, Joyce A. (Read) Keating; brother-in-law, Richard P. Keating; brother, Kenneth A. Read, and grandson, Cody Carl Rozsi.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Read; daughters, Rachel Pleasants and Emily Rozsi; grandchildren, Kassidy Pleasants, Kenny Pleasants, Keira Pleasants, Kolette Pleasants, Arabella Pleasants, Keith Hundley, Walter Rozsi Jr., all of Fairbanks; sister, Cynthia Read Merrill, of Concord, New Hampshire; brother-in-law, Richard E. Merrill; sister-in-law, Judith A. Read, of Carrollton, Texas, and great aunts, Ruth L. Conway, of
Manchester, New Hampshire, and Eileen M. Conway, of Manchester, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Door of Hope Church. All are welcome to come celebrate Chris' graduation to Heaven.
Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
Published in Daily News-Miner from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2014