Arno E. Christopher(1923 - 2013)

Arno E. Christopher, 89, local county resident, died, Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 4:49 p.m., in Seymour.
Arno was born July 15, 1923 to Ed and Hannah (Miller) Christopher.
Mr. Christopher was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church at Fifth and Walnut, Seymour. He attended school at Emanuel Lutheran School at Dudleytown and Tampico High School Grassyfork Township, Tampico. He was drafted into the Army on Feb. 8, 1943, and placed in a Field Artillery Battalion as a radio operator. He was sent to Electric and Radio School for three months at Fort Knox, Ky., after basic training and maneuvers.
Arno rejoined his unit at Fort Hood, Texas. From there he was sent to the European Theater, spending two years in England, France, Belgium and Germany. In all he saw 186 consecutive days of combat. He was in the 264th Field Artillery of the US Army.
Mr. Christopher received an honorable discharge Dec. 17, 1945, after returning home he went to work with a local farm machinery dealer. In 1947 he married Ruth Anna Taul from Charlestown, Ind. They had five children, Ruth passed away Sept. 6, 1971 in an auto accident.
Arno married Joan Bohall Feb. 23, 1979, Joan passed away Oct, 8, 1992. Arno and Melba Ude married Feb. 14, 1999, Melba passed away Dec. 28, 2005.
Mr. Christopher taught Sunday School for 25 years, lead adult bible study courses, was a member of the adult choir and held various other positions in the Redeemer Lutheran congregation. He was a life member of the VFW 1925, American Legion 89, Lutheran Layman' League and worked with the Orphan Grain Train. He taught himself to play guitar at an early age and as a gifted singer he used his God given talents to volunteer at the Lutheran Community Home, Jackson County Fair, other local nursing homes and area clubs all his life playing music and singing.
He was very active in the Boy Scouts in his earlier years and recently participated in establishing the Veteran's Monument at Gaiser Park.
Arno and Ruth are survived by their children Gail Ann (Michael) Lipham, David Lee (Kate) Christopher, Jean A (Michael) Johnson, Kevin Edward Christopher, Craig Wesley Christopher, eight grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Matthew, Kimberly, Ryan, Korey, Grant and Keri and 9 great grandchildren, Joshua, Brittany, Kelsey, Jacob, Nicholas, Miranda, Lily,
Addison and Bexley.
Arno and Joan are survived by her children Richard M. Bohall, Joan M. (John) Carpenter, Maggie E. (Rick) Luedeman, William J. Bohall and Patricia A (Craig) Tormoehlen, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Arno and Melba are survived by her children Peggy (Jerry) Findley, Kay (John) Beatty and Jeff Ude, nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hannah (Miller) Christopher, three brothers, Osmar Christopher, Leslie Christopher and twin brother Roscoe Christopher, his first wife Ruth Anna (Taul) Christopher, and wives Joan Marie Bohall Christopher and Melba Ude Christopher.
Mr. Christopher was a devoted Christian, he loved God and often said God had lead him through his entire life. He also loved his family and enjoyed telling stories and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His greatest wish in life was that all would come to know Christ as their savior and have eternal life.
Funeral services will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Friday, at 10:00 AM with Rev. Andrew Currao and Rev. Daniel Lepley officiating.
Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Friends may call at Voss Chapel on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday, from 9 a.m. until time of service.
Memorials may be written to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lutheran Community Home or the .

Funeral Home

Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
(812) 522-5558

Published in The Jackson County Banner from June 10 to June 17, 2013