STEVEN CHRISTIAN
1948 - 2020
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Steven Ray Christian
May 18, 1948 - November 16, 2020

GUNTER, TX
Steven Ray Christian, 72, was born May 18, 1948, in Oklahoma City, and passed away at his home in Gunter, TX on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray E. and Betty Jean (Colclasure) Christian.
He is survived by his wife, Grant Christian; three sons, Mark S. Christian, of Edmond, OK; Spencer R. Christian and his wife Jill, of Warwick, RI; Eric S. Christian and his wife Jennifer, of Sherman, TX; and a brother, Richard L. Christian, of Tulsa, OK. Steve was immensely proud of all five of his grandchildren, William B. Christian, of Oklahoma City; Caroline M. Christian, of Notre Dame, IN; Harrison M. Christian, of Edmond, OK; and Abigail R Christian and Emery M. Christian of Warwick, RI.
Steve graduated from Kemper Military School in Booneville, MO in 1966. He excelled at football and wrestling during high school and received the Col. H.C. Johnson Award for being the school's most distinguished athlete in 1966. After graduation, he returned to Oklahoma to attend Oklahoma State University, where he pursued a business degree and became a lifelong supporter of OSU.
Steve worked closely with his father, Ray E. Christian, who was a pioneer in Oklahoma's well servicing business.
From 1974 to 1986, Steve worked for Christian, Inc., a family-owned well servicing company that provided completion, workover, and well services to oil companies operating in Oklahoma. As the demand for domestic oil-field services increased during the 1970s, he opened 12 field offices in six years. By 1980, he had been instrumental in building the business into the largest privately held workover and well servicing company in the State of Oklahoma.
In 1986, Steve moved to Muscat, Oman, where he managed the company's international division, Christian International, Ltd., which operated workover rigs in the Middle East and North Africa. He lived in Oman and Libya for the next 25 years and provided well services in some of the most remote oil fields on the planet.
After 40 years in the oil and gas business, he retired in 2011 and moved to Lake Texoma, where he planned a quiet life with his wife, Grant. After discovering the lake life was a bit too quiet, he decided to start a second career by forming a real estate investment company in North Texas. Steve enjoyed buying and selling residential and commercial real estate and was active in his business until his passing.
Steve was famous for his joke-telling skills (even though he rarely made it to the punchline). He always started laughing before he got to the funny part. Then he would stop, take a deep breath, and try to recompose himself. The next few words would come out OK, but his infectious laughter would come roaring back so strong that he couldn't speak a word. He would end up crying with laughter, and so would everyone within earshot, even though he never got to the punchline.
We already miss his laughter. Steve was a proud husband, father, and grandfather, and he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a reliable friend and generous to all. Although he is in a better place, his family and friends will always miss him.
Funeral services for Steven R. Christian will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in the Chapel at Scoggins Funeral Home, located at 637 W. Van Alstyne Parkway in Van Alstyne, TX. Graveside services to follow. There will be no viewing, but the family will receive friends following the service. Social distancing will be in practice during the services and at the graveside, and masks are required during both services.
Services are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory, 637 W. Van Alstyn, Pkwy., Van Alstyne, TX 75495.

You may sign the online register book at: www.scogginsfuneralhome.com



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Published in Oklahoman from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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