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James K. "Chief" Christian
Okeene-Funeral service for James K. “Chief” Christian will be Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Okeene High School Auditorium. Graveside service will be at Granite City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m., also on Friday. Viewing will be Thursday 11:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. with family present 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

James was born in Granite, Oklahoma on November 15, 1947 to Frank and Lorene Jones Christian. He grew up in Granite and attended Granite Schools until 1965 when he joined the U. S. Army. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. On August 27, 1966 he married the love of his life, Mary Lou Lamb. They moved to Altus in 1967 where James worked for Coca Cola. While in Altus, he and Mary welcomed a baby girl, Penny, to their family in 1969. In 1970 they moved to Hobart where he began a life-long career in law enforcement. While in Hobart, he rose to the level of Police Chief. In 1976 he enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserves where he served proudly until his retirement in 1998. Some of the awards Christian received during his military career include: Bronze Star, NCO Award, three achievement awards, a Merit Award, commendations from several unit commanders from bases at which Christian taught and a Good Conduct Medal.

In 1979 he came to Okeene as a patrolman under Pete Laubach. On January 1, 1983 he became the Chief of Police in Okeene. He retired from that position in June 1999 and joined the Canton Police Department in July. In December 2001, he was appointed Canton Chief of Police and retired in 2008. He returned to Okeene and resumed the position of Chief of Police until the time of his death. He was a member of Longdale Assembly of God, the American Legion, VFW, the Lion’s Club and a volunteer fire fighter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lorene Christian; a sister, Sandra and a brother, Billy.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Lou, a daughter, Penny Meier and a granddaughter, Brooke Schmidt, all of Okeene; three brothers, Leon and wife, Susan of Oklahoma City, Jimmie, Roger and wife, Donna and a sister, Debbie Christian Tidball and husband, Phil, all of Hobart; a host of nieces, nephews and extended family as well as many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the local American Legion through the funeral home.

Expressions from friends and relatives

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May this tribute bring comforting words and pleasant memories during this difficult time. It has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff


James will be missed by many.  I was granted the opportunity to meet him a few years ago, and looked forward to seeing him again.  I could tell his employees really loved him and looked up to him as not just a Chief, but as a friend. 
Paul Jestice


Mary,I am so sorry to hear that Mr.Christian passed away.I will miss,him so much. He was an awesome man he taught me so much. There will never be anyone as great as him. He will be in my heart always
Lanet Wanzer


Chief Christian was such a kind and thoughtful man.  My sincere condolences with thoughts and prayers for the family.
Patti Sellers


Penny and Family,
Words cannot take away the pain of losing a loved one. Sorry to hear about the passing of your father and husband.  May the Lord comfort ya'll and give you strength through this difficult time.
Dana, Bailey & Lainey Brown


I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep the family in my prayers. I love all of you. God bless each and everyone of you. May God bless you with his peace and comfort.
Gloria (Jeanie) Shotwell


We didn't know James but do know Debbie, his sister.  Our hearts and prayers are with the family.
Jerry & Janet Long


The world has suffered a great loss ,and his family An even greater one. James was your trustworthy friend a thoughtful, honest,caring person,devoted to anything he was a part of ,thats the kind of man he was. our deepest sympathy To his family.
Rod & Ronna Vance



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