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
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
His final journey is complete; he will be sorely missed.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online
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