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Thomas William Christopher

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 30th, 2012

Thomas William Christopher
Thomas William Christopher, 74, of Otis, Ore., died Oct. 26, 2012 at his home.

He was born Sept. 5, 1938 to Charles William and Goldie (Shauf) Christopher in Everett, Bedford County, Pa. Thomas was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and spent his life in various places, including Maryland, Pennsylvania and Oregon. He was a carpenter and concrete finisher on many construction projects, and when he retired in 1999, he moved to Oregon.

He was a member of the American Legion, and he loved fishing, gardening, cooking and old Westerns. He was also a fan of dog and horse racing. Thomas spent many hours woodcarving and made figurines, carousel horses and walking sticks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Goldie Christopher; and his sister, Betty Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Virginia Lloyd of Jacksonville, Fla., Kelly and Shelley Geyer of Chambersburg, Pa. and stepdaughter, Kathy Keefer of Otis; son, Thomas W. Christopher Jr. of Grantville, Pa. and stepson, Keith Waters of McConnellsburg, Pa.; brothers, Charles (Fred) Christopher of Boring, Ore. and Terry L. Christopher of Otis; half-sisters, Lavonna (Lonni) Cole and Sharon Leach both of Portland; and many relatives in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Florida.

A memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the local food bank or animal shelter.

Bateman Pacific View Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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