Posted: Nov. 6, 2012 at 11:42 p.m.
Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 at 9:24 p.m.
BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo High School is mourning the loss of former coach and assistant athletic director Dick Christie, who unexpectedly passed away in his home on the evening of November 6. Christie retired from Kokomo last spring after working in the Kokomo-Center School system since 1990, and Tipton schools prior to that.
“Kokomo High School has lost a loyal, kind and caring man,” said longtime friend and Wildkat track and cross country coach Ricke Stucker.
Christie was a member of the 1964 Wildkat mythical state championship football team and played football at Butler University under legendary head coach Tony Hinkle. After serving in the U.S. Army, Christie landed at Tipton High School in 1974, where he served as the football defensive coordinator and head coach of the wrestling and track and field teams.
He arrived at Kokomo High School in 1990 and spent 22 years teaching health and social studies classes. He also served as the middles schools athletic director and assisted in the football program during his Wildkat tenure. He also served as the meet director for the Kokomo Relays and IHSAA Kokomo sectional and regional track meets.
“Last night the KHS family lost a great man with the passing of Dick Christie,” said Kokomo Athletic Director Jason Snyder. “He left an indelible mark on Kokomo athletics and our hearts.”
Christie is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marianne, and three children – Andy, Ryan and Lauren. All five were graduates of Kokomo High School.
Friends and family may visit with the Christie family from 2 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium on Nov. 9 (Friday). A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium. Burial will follow at the Crown Point Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the United States Army and the Kokomo military rites team.
Richard Joseph (Dick) Christie, 65, Kokomo, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at his residence. He was born December 21, 1946 in Kokomo to Myron D. and Mary Helen (Fleming) Christie.
Dick graduated from Kokomo High School in 1965 and was on the mythical state football championship team of 1964.
Dick attended Butler University on a football scholarship from 1965-1968. He played ball for Tony Hinkle. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He left Butler in 1968 and served in the United States Army as a military policeman at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was awarded “Soldier of the Quarter” while serving. He was discharged from the Army in 1970.
Dick returned to Butler University in 1970 and graduated in 1972. He was employed at Western Southern Insurance Company from 1972-1974.
In the fall of 1974, Dick began teaching and coaching at Tipton High School. He was an assistant football coach and head wrestling and track coach.
In 1990, Dick was named assistant athletic director at Kokomo High School. He was thrilled to return to his alma Mater. He also served as assistant football coach at Kokomo High School. He retired in June of 2012 but recently returned to working a few hours a week in the athletic department at K.H.S.
Dick was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Indiana State Wrestling Association, and the Kokomo High School Alumni Association.
On March 15, 1969, Dick married Marianne (Gentry) who survives. Also surviving are his children; Andrew (Ginger) Christie, Evansville, Ryan (Robin) Christie, Noblesville, and Lauren Christie, Augusta, Georgia, grandchildren; Taylor and Braedon Christie, Evansville, and Grant, Madelyn, and Sophia Christie, Noblesville, brother; Jerry (Wanda) Christie, Kokomo, brothers-in-law; Dave (Becky) Gentry, McCordsville, Tim (Beth) Gentry, Kokomo, Dennis (Laurie) Gentry, Angola. Also surviving is his mother-in-law; Betty Gentry, Kokomo, as well as his nephews; Jay, Kagan and Kameron Gentry.
Funeral services for Dick will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Kokomo Memorial Gym, 200 North Apperson Way with Pastor Mark Hill officiating. Burial will follow at the Crown Point Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the United States Army and the Kokomo military rites team. Friends may visit with the family from 2-8 PM Friday at the Kokomo Memorial Gym. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kokomo High School Athletic Department in Dick’s name.