The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023

Norman L. Christian

Norman L. Christian, 99, of Convoy, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at VanCrest of Van Wert.

He was born August 22, 1923, in Fort Wayne, Indiana the son of Harry and Hazel Lorena (Wooding) Christian, who both preceded him in death. Norman married Juanita (Owens) Christian on March 30, 1946, and she survives. They were married for 76 years.

Norman Christian

Other family survivors include three daughters, Judy Linton of Van Wert, Rise (Dr. James) Potts of Fort Wayne, and Lynne (Rev. Dr. Mitch) Arnold of New Knoxville; one son, Alan (Mary) Christian of New Albany; nine grandchildren,  Jennifer and Matthew (Tara) Linton, Amanda Arnold-Lacey (Richard) and Nicholas Arnold, Nathan and Emily Potts, Ethan (Lyndsay), Allison, and Erin Christian;  one great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Linton, and two sisters, Thelma Ewell of Lecanto, Florida and Sylvia Stimpfle of Beverly Hills, Florida. 

A graduate of Leo High School in Leo, Indiana, Norman was a retired farmer and was employed at Rea Magnet Wire of Fort Wayne and Aeroquip of Van Wert. He was a member of the Convoy United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carol Nay; one brother, Wesley Christian, and a son-in-law, Kenneth D. Linton.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 8, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Rev. Dr. Mitch Arnold officiating. Friends and family may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Preferred memorials: Convoy United Methodist Church Music Fund and Thomas Edison of Van Wert.

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POSTED: 10/03/22 at 8:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries