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Rev. Richard Lawrence Christopher
The Rev. Richard Lawrence Christopher passed away June 22, 2013, at the Franklin United Methodist Community, where he was a resident.
He was born Nov. 16, 1927, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to Lawrence Amos Christopher and Ethel Marie (Anderson) Christopher. Dick grew up in Huntingburg.
He served in the U.S. Army, attended Evansville College and later attended seminary at Duke University. As a United Methodist minister, he served churches in Richland, Fort Branch, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, New Castle, Noblesville and Columbus.
He was district superintendent in the Vincennes District from 1968 to 1974 and in the Indianapolis West District from 1985 to 1991.
Dick was instrumental in establishing mission projects in Haiti. In 1986, he represented the Indiana United Methodist conference at the annual world conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
After having been married for 35 years to Phyllis Knight Christopher (on June 11, 1950), who preceded him in death on June 14, 1985, he is survived by his wife, Alice Bishop Hopwood Christopher, whom he married on Dec. 25, 1986; brothers, Ron W. (Carol) Christopher of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., and Bob D. (Martha) Christopher of Placitas, N.M.; three daughters, Carol L. (Lisa Steiner) Christopher of Noblesville, Beth M. Fuller of Tucson, Ariz., and Laura J. (Chris) Wood of Muncie; three stepdaughters, Sara J. (Phil) Edwards of Fortville, Mary S. (Dave) Peterson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Martha L. (Kevin) King of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; stepson, Ruben A. (Melanie) Hopwood of Cambridge, Md.; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Revs. Robert Coleman, Andy Kinsey and Jenothy Rather will conduct a memorial service at 11 a.m. July 13 at the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until service time July 13 at the chapel. A private graveside service will take place at South Mound Cemetery in New Castle.
Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin is handling the arrangements.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams St., Franklin, IN 46131, or to the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131.
A special thanks to all at Franklin United Methodist Community and Gentiva Hospice for the care and support provided to Dick and his family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.
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