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Ron Christopher

Ron L. Christopher Sr.

Thursday, February 16th, 1950 - Friday, April 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Ron L. Christopher, Sr., 70, of St. Joseph, passed away, Friday, April 10, 2020 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at Starks & Menchinger Chapel with Rev. Richard Kiser officiating. Private burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph. A public Celebration of Life Service will be announced after the current health safety restrictions. Memorial donations in Ron’s name may be made to Hanson Hospice Center or Berrien County Cancer Service. Those wishing to sign Ron’s Memory Book online & view his service may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Ron was born February 16, 1950 in St. Joseph to James Sr. & Rose (Jenkins) Christopher. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1969. On February 17, 1972, he married the former Darnell Davis in Benton Harbor. Ron was employed as a die-cast operator at Cast-Matic in Stevensville. Ron enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his granddaughter’s soccer games. He was an avid bowler and participated in many leagues at Blossom Lanes & Kelley’s Bowl. In his free time, Ron enjoyed fishing, camping, following Dale Earnhardt, Jr., attending races at US 131 & Osceola Dragstrips, rooting for the University of Michigan Wolverines, attending garage sales, and repairing lawnmowers for family & friends. Ron was known as a jokester, his pranks will be missed by all who were ever a recipient.

Ron is survived by his wife Darnell; his children-Heather (Brian) Drewyor of Portage, MI, Ron (Betheni Taylor) Christopher, Jr. of Mishawaka; six grandchildren-Hailey Christopher, Ashley (Mark) Kraft, Mya Osburn, Bailey Drewyor, Kyla Drewyor, Eliot Drewyor; his great-granddaughter Aurora Kraft; siblings-James D. (Betty) Christopher of Benton Harbor, Michael (Elaine) Christopher of Albuquerque, NM, Dan (Sue) Christopher of South Haven, Cora (Gary) Igert of Watervliet; and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his father & step-mother James & Marty Christopher, his mother Rose Christopher, his sister Diane Curtis and his brother James F. Christopher, Jr.



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Service Details

  • Service

    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Notes
    Private Family Services will be held and will be available to video view at starks-menchinger.com on Friday, April 17. Public Services will be announced after the current health safety concerns. Donations in Ron's name may be made to Hanson Hospice Center or Berrien County Cancer Service.
  • Interment

    Location
    Riverview Cemetery
    Address
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Private burial will follow services.

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Sheryl Paloucek

Posted at 08:39am
Sending our sincere sympathy to you, Darnell, Heather, Ronnie (and your families). We have such special memories when we were neighbors. We look forward to seeing you when we can hug you. In the meantime, may you all feel the loving arms of Jesus wrapped snugly around you and carrying you through these days and weeks.
We love you!
Ed, Sheryl and Seth Paloucek

Lena Swanigan

Posted at 03:08am
Sending my love & condolences to you in the loss of your dear husband. I am praying for you and your family. Love you Darnell!

Lena Swanigan

Posted at 03:04am
Darnell, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you & your family. You know you are very special to me & I pray for God to comfort you during this difficult time. Love you dearly.
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Stacy Ames

Posted at 04:00pm
I knew Ron from soccer, Anastasia was 13 which is my oldest. Heather took me in as if I was family from get go. Her mom and dad also did the same Ron would pick on Maddie and give her candy. They took Ana camping with them and I would hear all about there fun they had. Ron you will be missed so very much. Thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.
 
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Stacy Ames Posted at 04:04pm

I forgot to mention that my husband mike also sat with us and the guys would laugh so hard and we would just look at them and smile. We had some wonderful times you will be missed so very much!
 
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Stacy Ames Posted at 04:04pm

I forgot to mention that my husband mike also sat with us and the guys would laugh so hard and we would just look at them and smile. We had some wonderful times you will be missed so very much!
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Ricky A West

Posted at 07:20am
With loving memories of "Ron Christopher",
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