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John F. Christian
John F. Christian, age 83, of 1308 Grandview Drive, Bloomsburg, was stricken at his home and died in the emergency room of the Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital at 9:28 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
John was born March 30, 1933, in Braggadosia, Missouri a son of the late Joe and Frances (Miller) Christian. In 1950 after graduating from high school in Steele, MO, he hitch-hiked to California along Route 66 and worked at several jobs before being drafted into the Army in 1953. He was released in 1957 as a first lieutenant in the 82nd airborne after making 21 'jumps'.
Returning to civilian life, he began working full-time at AC Sparkplug Div. of General Motors for 8 years, from lab tech to computer programmer (back when computers took up as much space as the homes we
now live in). With the help of the G.I. bill, he earned his B.S. degree in 1963, majoring in mathematics. In 1967 he earned his M.A. degree in education, teaching of science, both at Eastern Michigan University.
John taught astronomy, mathematics, and physics at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. As assistant director of the Robert T. Longway Planetarium, he developed and presented planetarium programs for elementary through college, including programs for the public and special interest groups.
On June 20, 1977, he married Connie H. (Carson) of Bloomsburg, whom he had met at a course in the Science of Creative Intelligence at Maharishi International University in Iowa.
After moving to PA, he taught math and science at Susquehanna University and Benton High School, and substituted in local school districts. He loved golf and maintained a 'home' business building and repairing golf clubs.
All his life, John was an avid reader. After retiring, he decided to try his hand at writing. The result was five poetry books and one book about Reiki and
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Connie; a son, John Giles Christian and his wife Christine, Mt. Morris, Mich.; a step-daughter, Michelle Cobb, Birdsboro; and three surviving sisters: Trecia Bennett of Pearl River, Louisiana; Mabel and husband Richard Catt of Springfield, MO.; and Aubryon Thomas of Apalachicola, FL.
There will be a private memorial service at the convenience of the family.
It is four years since John has passed. It was with great sadness that I just now learned of this. John had a huge impact on my life. It is with great regret than I cannot tell him how he changed my life. In a nutshell - I was working at Buick in Flint and a high school buddy shared with me a National Geographic article on astronomy. So I took an astronomy class at Mott in Flint. It was taught by John. He nominated me for the Copernicus award and I got it! I transferred to UofM-Flint and graduated with a degree in physics,. After that I somehow got a phd in physics and ended my academic career with a post-doc at Stanford. I now live and work in Silicon Valley, California with my wife and two sons. John had a colossal impact on my life and I will cherish the photo of him on this web site. He was a truly great person and his family should be extremely proud of him.
casey hartman Mar 22 2020 12:00 AM
We know John and Connie as our dear neighbors. John was always out walking the dog while we were walking ours and we would walk and talk. John would offer our dogs a treat; a kind word and a pet. We will miss him.
Amy and Christopher Lewis Jul 9 2016 12:00 AM
I knew John Christian as the father of my cousin, John. In the past year I learned more about his life through his son's postings on Facebook. My heartfelt sympathy to his family, especially John and Christine. The loss of a parent leaves a huge void in our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Diane Sherwood Jul 3 2016 12:00 AM