Larry B. Christopher, 65

Larry B. Christopher transitioned to eternal life on June 11, 2013, at Horizon Hospice, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon. He was born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., on Oct. 17, 1947, to Gordon Adron Christopher and Edna Lawson Christopher (nee Jones). He was the youngest of three sons (Michael, John).

The Christopher family moved to Washington about 1950, living in Seattle, Bremerton and Yakima. Larry attended Bryant Elementary School, Eckstein Jr. High School and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He attended and graduated from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle; then he taught elementary school in the Shoreline District. After TWO years of teaching, he removed to California and began a career in international shipping and transportation. He continued in that field when he returned to Seattle. In 1990 Larry moved with his partner, John Carl Davis to West Bend. He began as a CNA at Cedar Lake Community Campus and then accepted assignment to the education department. Continuing to accept responsibility, he eventually became a purchasing analyst. He wore many additional hats during his employment.

Larry and John Carl Davis were the first gay couple to register as domestic partners in Washington County.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father and brother John. His survivors include his partner of 27 years, John Carl Davis, his brother Michael (Paula E.) Christopher of Vancouver, Wash., his nephew Stephen (James) Christopher of Vancouver, Wash., and his niece Sharon (Dan) DeWitt of Oak Harbor, Wash. Additionally, four step-children: Kevin A. (Carrie) Davis of Sammamish, Wash., Heather I. David of Seattle, Brenna M. (Haakon Vitala) Davis of Seattle and Sara E. (Trey) Davis of Milwaukee. Five step-grandchildren also survive: Olivia and C.J. Lewis-Davis of Milwaukee, and Elizabeth, Victoria and Avery Davis of Sammamish, Wash. His good friends Marianne McKinnon and Julie Wengler survive. The beloved residents and staff of Cedar Community who have been his extended family are among his survivors.

He loved musicals, theater, music, bicycling, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Gypsy Rose Lee, June Havoc, Greek restaurants, estate sales, ginger jars, pigs, pineapple sherbet, Jewish history and culture, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and good chocolates. Above all else, he enjoyed his short term as a Stephen Minister for the great good it does for frightened, lonely elders of Cedar Community.

A special thanks to all the health care givers who assisted with his final days.

A service celebrating Larry’s life will take place at a later date. Memorial funds may be directed to either Cedar Community for the Cedar Ridge Sound System or the Gay-Straight Student Alliance at the West Bend High Schools.

His final journey is complete; he will be sorely missed.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at