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The Western Star, January 16, 1959.

Earl Christopher Dies Unexpectedly

Funeral Services Held January 9 In Protection Methodist Church

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Methodist church in Protection for Earl Christopher, who passed away January 7 in the Ashland hospital, Rev. C. R. Pate assisted by William Temple of the Christian church, conducted the rites. Although Earl had been suffering from cancer for several months, his death was unexpected. He had checked into the Ashland hospital for a blood transfusion and expected to return home that evening.

The Mennonite quartet, composed of Verlin Kuhns, Truman Selzer, Roy Selzer and Chester Miller, sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Sunset and Evening Star." Mrs. Lewis Hopkins supplied organ music.

Casket bearers were Clarence Condra, Jr., Dean Hopkins, Ralph Sanders, Robert Sanders, Nevan Riner, C. M. Webster, Junior Bedinger, Clinton Blue, Lloyd Rhodes and Eli Harbaugh.

Interment was in the Protection cemetery.


Earl B., son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Christopher passed away Wednesday evening, January 7, in the Ashland hospital after several months of illness.

He was born April 16, 1914, eight miles southeast of Protection and had lived in this vicinity all his life.

Earl Attended classes at the Collier Flats grade school south of Protection and was a graduate of Protection high school, class of 1932. He was married to June Bearly of Paola, Kans., July 9, 1938, and the young couple set up housekeeping on a farm two miles south of Protection, where they were living at the time of his death.

To this union were born three sons, two of whom survive.

His memorial will be cherished by his wife, June and sons, Jay and Lee; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Christopher, a brother, Walter, and sister, Mrs. Gene Ewy; also his maternal grandfather, Dan Jordan of Larned, Kans., three nieces and two nephews.

All who knew Earl Christopher are left with a multitude of pleasant memories.

God must have loved him very much
And we have loved him, too.
We know how many helpful things
His kind hands found to do;
But till we reach that happy place
Where griefs are all consoled,
We'll never know the joy he's found
Beyond the sunset's gold.

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