Kendall Bryce Christy
July 10, 1932 - April 1, 2018
Kendall Bryce Christy, 85, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Kendall was born July 10, 1932 in Las Animas, Colorado to Clarence D. Christy and Fern Jeannette Carpenter Christy. He was the sixth of seven children, four of whom preceded him in death.
Ken graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1950 and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1952 with wife Patricia Mills, where he learned the electrical trade from his oldest brother, Quentin. It was in Los Angeles that their three children were born.
On August 25, 1967, Kendall married Ruth Ann Gedeon. They moved their family to Medford, Oregon in 1970. Ken became a Master Electrician and contracted with the Department of Defense at numerous military bases nationwide, requiring top secret security clearance. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling abroad, outdoor adventures, flying his small airplane, and hosting large family gatherings. He had an infectious sense of humor and loved to share amusing stories. He was also blessed with abundant talent; not only was he a gifted sketch artist, but he could build just about anything! First and foremost, Ken and Ruth’s greatest joy was time spent with their 11 grandchildren, gently teaching, guiding, and loving.
Ken served the Lord as a member of the Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church and supporter of Rogue Valley Adventist Academy for 48 years, where he generously volunteered his electrical expertise. He was proud to be called Grandpa Christy by many children in his church family.
Ken is survived by Ruth, his loving wife of 50 years; two sisters, Forrestine and Bonnie; son, Carl (Pam) Christy; daughter, Jana (Dewey) Patten; son, Owen (Andrea) Christy; and 11 grandchildren, Jared Patten, Rob Lewis, Ali Hildebrandt, Owen Christy Jr., Clarence Christy, Ryan Christy, Brandon Christy, Lindsey Needham, Lauren Christy, Evan Lasley, and Aaron Christy. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.
Ken’s celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1900 Greenwood St. All family and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions on Ken’s behalf be made to the church’s Community Service Program.