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April 17, 1941 - December 29, 2020
Jackie “Jack” M. Christopher was born April 17, 1941 in De Soto, MO. He was the son of Clifford Lee and Virginia (nee Hoyt) Christopher. He died on December 29, 2020 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO at the age of 79 years. He is survived by his daughter, Kara Christopher, St. Louis, MO; siblings, Ray (Wonda) Christopher, Cherryville, MO; Jerry (Donna) Christopher, Festus, MO Marian (Bob) McKay, Seattle, WA; and Norma Helms, St. Peters, MO; a sister-in-law, Effie Christopher; and dear friend and companion, Darlene Deming-Purtle. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Claudia Christine (nee Pikey) Christopher; siblings, Robert, Charles, Jimmy, and William Clifford “Cliff” Christopher; brothers-in-law, Gordon Hubka and Dennis Helms. Jack graduated from De Soto High School in 1958 and the from Jefferson County Jr. College in 1971 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for McDonald Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, MO; National Foods for several years; and as a refrigeration engineer for Gateway Cold Storage. He served in the U.S. Navy, and belonged to the United Machinist Union District #9.