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Donald Eugene "Don" Christian, 89, of Ironton, Ohio, passed into Heaven Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Debbie and Ralph Daugherty.
Don was born July 29, 1927, in Ironton to the late Walter "Jack" and Virginia Chinn Christian. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Gloria S. Walker Christian whom passed away Sept. 8, 1993; a daughter, Donna J. Stevens; grandchildren Gloria Dawn Stevens and Nichole Lee Stevens; a sister, Annabell Harmon; four brothers, Lawrence "Ted", Walter "Wad", Ken and Ralph; sons-in-law, Eddie Lunsford and B.J. Bryant; and his mother-in-law, Julia Peck.
Don attended Ironton High School and joined the Army at the age of 17, a veteran of the Second World War spending most of that time in Germany.
He was employed with the C&O/CSX Railroad Carshops as a welder retiring in 1988 after 38 years of service. He loved children, riding horses, reading and crossword puzzles. He attended the City Mission Church in Ironton. Don was called "Bluedog" by many friends and "Blue Eyes" by those who loved his beautiful blue eyes. He was a very witty man who loved to make those around him laugh.
He is survived by daughters who proudly call him daddy, Debbie (Ralph) Daugherty, Robin (Rick) Townsend all of Ironton, Anita Bryant of Columbus, Ohio, and Heather (Jesse) Lands of Proctorville, Ohio; He is papaw to Wendy (Tim) Davidson, Scott (Michelle) Lunsford, Hollie (Mike) Summers, J.T. McLain, Autumn Lands, Sarah Stevens and Kelli McGlumphy; great-grandchildren Bradley and Brock Bollinger, Brigham Davidson, Christian and Hannah Lunsford, Brice and Jerry Lavender, Ethan Stevens, Kevin and Austin Caldwell, Charlie and Maddie McGlumphy; and by several nieces, nephews and a special friend, Juanita Christian.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2016, at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 South Seventh Street, Ironton, with the Rev. Jeff Cremeans officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Ironton V.F.W. Post 8850.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be sons-in-law and grandsons.
The family wishes to thank Community Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.
Condolences may be left at phillipsfuneralhome.net.
Published on January 3, 2017
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