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In Memory of

Richard S. Christian,

February 26, 1931 - January 20, 2012

Obituary


Lt. Col. Richard S. Christian, USA (Ret.), 80, passed away on January 20, 2012, after a long illness. Col. Christian was the beloved husband of 47 years of Julita C. Christian, who he met when stationed in Germany. Col. Christian was born in New Jersey, and he joined the Army at a young age. It was while serving in Korea as a young platoon leader that he received a battlefield commission to become a Captain. In addition to serving in Korea, he served several tours in Germany and in Vietnam. His numerous military medals include...

Lt. Col. Richard S. Christian, USA (Ret.), 80, passed away on January 20, 2012, after a long illness. Col. Christian was the beloved husband of 47 years of Julita C. Christian, who he met when stationed in Germany. Col. Christian was born in New Jersey, and he joined the Army at a young age. It was while serving in Korea as a young platoon leader that he received a battlefield commission to become a Captain. In addition to serving in Korea, he served several tours in Germany and in Vietnam. His numerous military medals include the Purple Heart, as well as the Silver Star, which was awarded to the platoon he led in Korea.

After retiring in 1971 from the Army Adjutant General's Corps, Col. Christian worked as a civilian for the Department of Defense. After leaving DOD, he worked for the American Legion. In these positions, Col. Christian was a strong advocate on behalf of veterans on issues related to Agent Orange and POW/MIA.

Col. Christian was a brave, quiet man who led by example. He was a man of honor and integrity, and will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

In addition to his wife, Col. Christian is survived by a son from his first marriage, Rick Christian, daughters Karin Christian and Melanie (Ken) Hendricks; and three grandchildren, William, Isabelle, and Kate Hendricks. Col. Christian is also survived by his brother, George Christian (Connie) of NJ; niece, Patty Christian (Bobby) of NJ; nephews, George Christian of NJ, and Paul Christian of Colorado; and his in-laws Georg and Elisabeth Arzt of Germany. Col. Christian is preceded in death by his first wife, Adelaide, his parents, Richard and Jenny, his sister Jean Christian, niece Dagmar Arzt, and nephews Tom Christian and Christian Arzt.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at The Fort Myer Chapel on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 2:45pm with internment at Arlington National Cemetery . Friends are invited to leave condolences at www.demainefuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the veterans organization of your choice.