|Howard T. Christian
Born: April 16, 1921 Died: March 12, 2017
Howard T. Christian, 95, of Helmar, went to be with his Savior early Sunday morning, March 12, 2017.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Helmar Lutheran Church with Pastor James Molstre
officiating. Interment will follow in Helmar Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 9:00 am until time of service at the church.
Howard was born April 16, 1921 on his family’s homestead farm in rural Newark, the son of Alfred and Tillie (Olson) Christian. A
graduate of Yorkville High School, Howard married Dorothy Hughes on June 19, 1943 in the Helmar Lutheran Church. For all of
their married life they farmed in Kendall County.
He is survived by his children, Robert (Pamela) Christian, Mark (Bess) Christian and Beth (John) Talley all of Newark; eight
grandchildren; thirty five great grandchildren; three great, great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nancy Christian of Yorkville;
several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his loving wife of nearly 70 years, Dorothy in 2012; one brother, Wesley Christian;
sister, Marjorie (Jack) Wayne; sister-in-law, LaVon (Donald) Johnson: brother-in-law, Russ (Marilyn) Hughes.
He was a lifelong member of the Helmar Lutheran Church, where he served in many ways, including cemetery sexton and 70
yrs. in the choir. He was also an officer on various civic boards.
He was cherished for his faithfulness to his community, family and God.
Memorials may be directed to the Helmar Lutheran Church Mission Fund or Fern Dell Historical Association.
Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call the funeral
home at 815-942-0700.