John Charles Christ
John Charles Christ, born October 13, 1953, passed away at 69. He is preceded in death by his father, older brother, and his wife of 40 years, Deanna Christ. He is survived by his six children, nine grandchildren, mother, sister, and brother.
John grew up on a Holstein Dairy Farm in Jamestown, North Dakota. He later moved to Hamilton, Montana, where he helped raise Black Angus cattle. John enlisted in the military during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Korea as a Missile Technician in the Army. He suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an accident and was medically honorably discharged. After returning to Montana, he worked in logging. Shortly after, he left to seek the adventure of the great Alaskan frontier. While in Alaska, he took odd jobs and worked on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline. After leaving Alaska, he attended St. Mary's College in North Dakota, where he met Deanna, the love of his life. John and Deanna started their life together in Montana. During their time in Montana, he worked as a truck driver hauling jet fuel through Yellowstone National Park's dangerous roads, surviving several hazardous wrecks and run-ins with elk. They built a life together in Bozeman and Roswell, New Mexico, before settling in Tulsa. They started their entrepreneurial careers in the solar energy business. In the '90s, they began the energy-efficient construction of custom homes, businesses, and commercial buildings. John was always buying, selling, and trading, whether houses, ranches, or equipment. He loved making a buck and getting a good return from an investment. John was also a licensed realtor, which resulted in the family moving around a lot because he sold the properties even though they weren't listed. After work, John attended college in the evenings and graduated with honors with a Bachelor's in Human Resources. He carried on his father's legacy of the Black Angus breed and resettled a herd in Oklahoma. He worked tirelessly on his ranches to become a Master Cattleman.
John was a man of honor, duty, love, respect, mercy, and family, much like his favorite actor John Wayne. We all know that John loved food. For breakfast, he enjoyed steak and eggs, and pancakes. He also enjoyed Blue Moon beer and a Braum's cheeseburger and fries with a butter pecan shake. His favorite animals were Black Angus cows, and he drove a Ford pickup. John enjoyed hunting for elk, deer, antelope, geese, and ducks. His favorite pets were Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Australian Shepherd cow dogs. He loved to watch the sunrise over the mountains of Montana and the plains of Oklahoma.
John was a solid man who knew agriculture, cattle, and construction like the back of his hand. When it came to talking, he didn't just have a gift; he had the whole darn gift shop! This guy could yap about anything and everything for hours on end, and even then, he probably had a few more stories up his sleeve. His charisma and storytelling skills were truly one of a kind, and he'll be missed by anyone who ever had the pleasure of listening to him ramble on. He was a devoted father and husband, and his faith in God was integral to his life. John will be remembered for his honesty, trustworthiness, and love for others expressed in his personal and professional life. His service dog, Bingo, was his faithful companion. His mother relied on him as her rock, support person, and financial guide. John's life will be celebrated at the church that was his last building project, where he served as an elder. Rest in peace, John Charles Christ.
A viewing for John will be held from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 18, 2023 at RiverCrest Chapel and Event Center in Bixby.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 24, 2023 at Christ the King Lutheran Church located in South Tulsa, 9223 E. 95th Ct. S., Tulsa, Ok 74133. The event will be live streamed via the church Facebook Page and on Bixby Funeral Service website for those that cannot attend in person.
Final Interment will be at Bixby Cemetery next to Deanna Christ, his wife of 40 years.
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