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Reverend Richard Lawrence Christopher passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Franklin United Methodist Community in Franklin, Indiana, where he was a resident.
He was born November 16, 1927 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Lawrence Amos Christopher and Ethel Marie (Anderson) Christopher. Dick grew up in Huntingburg, Indiana. 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 1968-1974, and in the Indianapolis West District from 1985-1991. 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 predeceased him on June 14, 1985, he is survived by his wife Alice Bishop Hopwood Christopher, whom he married on December 25, 1986; brothers, Ron W. Christopher (Carol) of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida and Bob D. Christopher (Martha) of Placitas, New Mexico; three daughters, Carol L. Christopher (Lisa Steiner) of Noblesville, Beth M. Fuller of Tucson, Arizona, and Laura J. Wood (Chris) of Muncie; three step-daughters, Sara J. Edwards (Phil) of Fortville, Mary S. Peterson (Dave) of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Martha L. King (Kevin) of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina; a step-son Ruben A. Hopwood (Melanie) of Cambridge, Maryland; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Reverends Robert Coleman, Andy Kinsey, and Jenothy Rather will conduct a memorial service on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson Street in Franklin, Indiana. The family will receive friends from 9 amM. until service time Saturday at the chapel. Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin is handling the arrangements. A private graveside service will take place at South Mound Cemetery in New Castle, Indiana.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Street, Franklin, Indiana 46131 or to the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson Street, Franklin, Indiana 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.