Richard Joseph Christie
- December 21, 1946 - November 6, 2012
- Kokomo, Indiana
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“My heart sank when I learned the news about Coach Christie. I have many memories about Coach during football and track at Tipton High School '82 - ...Read More »
1 of 59 | Posted by: Chad Miller - Libertyville, IL
“We are deeply saddened by Dick's sudden passing. He was an amazing person and had a profound impact on many lives. He will truly be missed in this...Read More »
2 of 59 | Posted by: Jeff & Tammy Kearnes - Kokomo, IN
“Dear Maryann, Lauren & family, Ralee & I are saddened by the loss of Dick.. We have only fond memories of times spent as colleagues and neighbors...Read More »
3 of 59 | Posted by: Colleen & Raleigh Grady - AZ
“Marianne, Andy, Ryan and Lauren, Just know you all are in our thoughts as we pray that you all feel God's love and comfort at this time. Know that...Read More »
4 of 59 | Posted by: Rich and Carla Rudicel - Kokomo, IN
“Dick's warm smile and uplifting personality will be missed by so many who's lives he touched in such a positive way. His family is in our thoughts...Read More »
5 of 59 | Posted by: Ann Miscoi
“We have many memories but the ones that stand out are spring break at Sugar Sands with the Kokomo gang. So many memories and the kids had such great...Read More »
6 of 59 | Posted by: alfred morandi - russiaville, IN
“Dick was as nice a person as I have had the pleasure of knowing. Remarkably kind and always a gentleman. I am so glad to have reconnected with Dick...Read More »
8 of 59 | Posted by: Dan Wojcik - Austin, TX
“I was lucky enough to be at Tipton with Coach from 84 - 87 on the football field and the wrestling mat. Many memories are of Coach and that smile,...Read More »
9 of 59 | Posted by: Jerry Sallee - Tipton, IN
“Coach Chistie was a great Coach and Teacher. I had the privilage to spend four years at Tipton High School from 79 thru 82 with him. I have a lot of...Read More »
10 of 59 | Posted by: Ted Harpe - Avon, IN
“Marianne, Andy, Ryan, and Lauren,
We are so very sorry for your loss of Dick. We have some great memories of times spent with your family and it...Read More »
11 of 59 | Posted by: The Driggs Family - Sharpsville, IN
“Seems at times like this we find some cliche to use like 'words are never enough' or something along that line...and once again we want to say...Read More »
12 of 59 | Posted by: Bob and Susie Abresch - Kokomo, IN
“We are keeping your family in our prayers.
13 of 59 | Posted by: Jim and Pat Himelick - KOKOMO, IN
“Mr. Christie was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I loved playing games at Kokomo or scouting at Kokomo so I could see him. He always took...Read More »
14 of 59 | Posted by: Joe Luce - Richmond, IN - Friend
“Dick was the kind of person who was "what you see is what you get." Quiet and unassuming. Serious and not so much at the same time. My last memory of...Read More »
15 of 59 | Posted by: Les Bellah - Kirkland, IL
“Never did you walk past Mr. Christie in the hallway and not get a big smile. I remember joking around and laughing with him in the hospitality room...Read More »
16 of 59 | Posted by: Ashley Beck Cuellar - IN
“Mr. Christie was a wonderful person to know. He was always smiling and had such a positive attitude. He'll truly be missed. Our community has lost...Read More »
17 of 59 | Posted by: Leigh Smith Carpenter - IN
“We were so blessed to see Dick and Marianne at our last fraternity mini-reunion. Dick was smiling, as usual, and reveled in the brotherhood as only...Read More »
18 of 59 | Posted by: Al and Pat Holok - Indianapolis, IN
“We are so sorry for your loss Ryan and Robin. We can say that Ryan is truly a kind, generous and truly a nice man. It sounds like he learned these...Read More »
19 of 59 | Posted by: Dan and Patty Fornero - IN
“Ryan & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. As a former player and student, I was fortunate and blessed to have Coach Christie be a part of my...Read More »
20 of 59 | Posted by: Loren Weeks - Indianapolis, IN
“He was always glad to see you, and met you with that great smile.
21 of 59 | Posted by: Oscar Berkshire - naples, FL
“I am so sorry for your loss. Whenever Mr. Christie came in the office at MCMS, he had a smile on his face. I loved hearing his stories; he always...Read More »
22 of 59 | Posted by: Susie Kerner - Indianapolis, IN
“Dick was a very loyal, kind, caring man. KHS will miss him.
23 of 59 | Posted by: Ricke Stucker - Kokomo, IN
“Dick was a very loyal, kind, caring man. KHS will miss him.
24 of 59 | Posted by: Ricke Stucker - Kokomo, IN
I would like to thank you for all you have done for me personally over the years. You were very important in the development of my...Read More »
25 of 59 | Posted by: Andrew Hobbs - Peru, IN
“As an administrator, I worked with Dick at KHS-DT and Central Middle School. His capacity to keep numerous game schedules in his head was simply...Read More »
26 of 59 | Posted by: Jan Noelle - Noblesville, IN
“I think Mr. Christie was loved by every student that had the pleasure of having him as their teacher or coach. He had a smile that lit up the room!...Read More »
27 of 59 | Posted by: Mary Dell-Powers - Westfield, IN
“I am so sorry for your loss. When I was visiting my Dad at KHS just last year, I saw Mr. Christie as I was walking down the hallway. He greeted me...Read More »
28 of 59 | Posted by: Kristin (Evans) Rodil - Dublin, OH
“Not only was Mr Christie a awesome and amazing teacher and coach he was a friend to all his students as well !! You have left a impact in a lot of...Read More »
29 of 59 | Posted by: Melissa Lewis McClerkin - TX
“Marianne and family...I was very shocked to hear of Dick's passing. I am in South Carolina and was told of the tragedy by Carly Fox David. I won't...Read More »
30 of 59 | Posted by: Ed Beckner - HUNTINGTON, IN
“Mr. Christie was one of the best teachers I ever had while attending Tipton Schools. He always had time for anyone that needed and wanted help. His...Read More »
31 of 59 | Posted by: Anna (Hillan) Shields - Kokomo, IN
“larry and i are so sorry about dick prayers are with you sheri and larry
32 of 59 | Posted by: larry cain - tipton, IN
“You always had a smile on your face and positive things to say to all us students at Tipton High School. You were a teacher, coach and most of all a...Read More »
33 of 59 | Posted by: Mike Hinkle - Centerville, OH
“To the Christie family, no words can express the sadness our family feels of the passing of Dick. He was such a kind and gentle man and always...Read More »
34 of 59 | Posted by: Julie Littrell - Kokomo, IN
“Marianne and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Hug each other a lot!
35 of 59 | Posted by: Barbara Rittmann - Kokomo
“My condolences to Marianne and family.
36 of 59 | Posted by: Walter Moss - Kokomo
“Mr. Christie opened the door to my coaching career by hiring me at Bon Air.. He also was very pivotal in organizing the great pep session we had back...Read More »
37 of 59 | Posted by: Arinn L. White - Indianapolis, IN
“Ryan and Family....
We were so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this...Read More »
38 of 59 | Posted by: Rob, Erica and Lilly Johnson - IL
“While working with Dick's daughter Lauren, I had the chance to spend time with him on numerous occassions over the course of four summers. In between...Read More »
39 of 59 | Posted by: Eric Little - St. Marys, WV
“Dick was one awesome person, I had the pleasure of working with him through athletics. I was Athletic Secretary for Larry Miller and Rick Fields at...Read More »
40 of 59 | Posted by: Dick & Susie Wells - Russiaville, IN
“The Sigma Chi brothers are sending emails and are very sorry to learn of Dick's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
41 of 59 | Posted by: Cart Ellis - Kokomo, IN
“Mr. Christie was a bright spot in any day for me at KHS. A smile and firm hand shake followed by, "E.Z. how ya doin Bud!?" Mr. Christie challenged me...Read More »
42 of 59 | Posted by: Ezekiel "E.Z." Zimmerman - Kokomo, IN
“Marianne and Family...
I am very sad to hear of Dick's passing. I feel very fortunate to have been able to know him. Like many others, there was...Read More »
43 of 59 | Posted by: Angela Thiesing - Kokomo, IN
“LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAD THE OPPERTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW DICK, I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO CALL HIM MY FRIEND. I NEVER KNEW HIM NOT TO EVER...Read More »
44 of 59 | Posted by: RICK MOREHEAD - KOKOMO, IN
“As the next-door neighbors, there are no words that we know that suffice. So much so say and so little time and space. Our condolences just don't...Read More »
45 of 59 | Posted by: Gary Stahl - Kokomo, IN
“To the family of Dick Christie;
We were sadden to hear about your loss of husband, father, & brother. Dick was what I call an all around good guy....Read More »
46 of 59 | Posted by: Ray Day - Kokomo, IN - friend
“Marianne and family - I am so sorry to hear the news about Dick's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
...Read More »
47 of 59 | Posted by: Denise Croll Stuckey - IN
“Treasurer our 40 plus years knowing each other.The Marion/Kokomo rivalry was special.From one GIANT to another...rest in peace until we meet again
48 of 59 | Posted by: DICK PERSINGER - kokomo, IN
“Marianne, Betty, and Dave,
Keeping you all in my thoughts at this difficult time. Dick was always, always smiling and it is those wonderful...Read More »
49 of 59 | Posted by: Jan Grimes Ripper - Pittsburgh, PA
“Marianne and family,
Prayers and thoughts go out to you - your many happy memories will sustain you through this painful journey.
50 of 59 | Posted by: Libby (Durfey) Middlekauff - IN
“Marianne you have my deepest sympathy! I knew you and Dick in School and just wanted you to know that our prayers are with your family.
51 of 59 | Posted by: Sandy Greer Federspill - Kokomo, IN
“Mr christie you always had a smile on your face, you was a great person to talk to, you were an amazing guy, my thoughts and prayers go out to your...Read More »
52 of 59 | Posted by: Sabrina Young - Kokomo, IN
“Dick coached my sons at Tipton High School and they truly respected him for his guidance and fundamentals. His family was a great asset to our...Read More »
53 of 59 | Posted by: Jo Anna Powell - Tipton, IN
“I graduated in 1981 from Tipton High School, I had Mr. Christie for a Driver's Ed. teacher. We all had such fun learning to drive and he would always...Read More »
54 of 59 | Posted by: Lisa Ballenger Patton - Tipton, IN
“Roberta and I both graduated with Dick and us have friends over the years and will miss him greatly.
55 of 59 | Posted by: Lloyd and Roberta (Drabenstott) Land - IN
“I graduated in 1976 from Tipton High School. Mr Christie was one of the best teachers they ever had at Tipton. I remember him always having a...Read More »
56 of 59 | Posted by: Freida Eliserio Miller - Tipton, IN
“Although I graduated in 2011, I will deeply miss Mr. Christie. He was an outstanding man, and helped me tremendously! I am deeply sorry for your loss...Read More »
57 of 59 | Posted by: Patricia Duncan - kokomo, IN
“Mr. Christie was my Drivers Ed teacher, we had some fun times while driving, he was a good man, a gentlemen, he will be missed by many. R.I.P. Mr...Read More »
58 of 59 | Posted by: Tammy Eliserio Boye - Tipton, IN
“Mr. Christie was always one of my favorite teachers. I was in the graduating Class of 1976 at Tipton High School. He would put up with so much from...Read More »
59 of 59 | Posted by: Jackie Henry
Richard Joseph (Dick) Christie, 65, Kokomo, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at his residence. He was born December 21, 1946 in Kokomo to Myron D. and Mary Helen (Fleming) Christie.
Dick graduated from Kokomo High School in 1965 and was on the mythical state football championship team of 1964.
Dick attended Butler University on a football scholarship from 1965-1968. He played ball for Tony Hinkle. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He left Butler in 1968 and served in the United States Army as a military policeman at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was awarded "Soldier of the Quarter" while serving. He was discharged from the Army in 1970.
Dick returned to Butler University in 1970 and graduated in 1972. He was employed at Western Southern Insurance Company from 1972-1974.
In the fall of 1974, Dick began teaching and coaching at Tipton High School. He was an assistant football coach and head wrestling and track coach.
In 1990, Dick was named assistant athletic director at Kokomo High School. He was thrilled to return to his alma Mater. He also served as assistant football coach at Kokomo High School.
Dick retired in June of 2012 but recently returned to working a few hours a week in the athletic department at K.H.S.
Dick was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Indiana State Wrestling Association, and the Kokomo High School Alumni Association.
On March 15, 1969, Dick married Marianne (Gentry) who survives. Also surviving are his children; Andrew (Ginger) Christie, Evansville, Ryan (Robin) Christie, Noblesville, and Lauren Christie, Augusta, Georgia, grandchildren; Taylor and Braedon Christie, Evansville, and Grant, Madelyn, and Sophia Christie, Noblesville, brother; Jerry (Wanda) Christie, Kokomo, brothers-in-law; Dave (Becky) Gentry, McCordsville, Tim (Beth) Gentry, Kokomo, Dennis (Laurie) Gentry, ... READ MORE →