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“Teri and I were besties in college and I adored your parents. We were blessed to have them attend our wedding. I have found memories of them and...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Pickering - Excelsior, MN

“Chris was truly a gracious and humble man. I first met him when I worked at the Kellogg Foundation and he was a member of the board of trustees. He...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Jan Corey Arnett - Battle Creek, MI

“My condolences to Peter & Cathy ❣ ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Kristy Foster-Potter - East Leroy, MI

“For Kristi, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your dad... How wonderful that you had him in your life for so long! Sending lots of love at a...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Worden McCreedy - Kalamazoo, MI

“What a wonderful man Chris was and he had such a sense of humor. I grew up across the street from the family and it was like having a second family....Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Vicki Wolf - Battle Creek, MI

“To the entire Christ family, There are people who enter your life and make an indelible imprint on your heart. Chris is that for us. His wisdom,...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“My parents Dorothy and the late Jim Frey had very fond memories of Chris and Betty as friends, and leaders at Church and in Battle Creek.God's Peace...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Kandi (Frey) Snodgrass - Dublin, OH

“I am sorry for your loss. May your dad rest in peace. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Patti Magers - Erie, PA

“Chris and his young family moved into the house directly behind ours in the late 50's (I think). Our house faced on North 29th and theirs on North...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Eric Dobberteen - Kalamazoo, MI

“To John: Our thoughts are with you and the entire Christ family. Your father was a very special person. We are fortunate to share many professional...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Barb and John Carton - Friend

“In the thirty years I served under Chris at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and with him on the Board of the Guido and Elizabeth Binda Foundation, I...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Joel Orosz - Kalamazoo, MI

“So very sorry for your loss. I remember him from when I was a little girl and of course as i grew up. He was a great friend and advisor to my family....Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Patty hill - Friend

“I am so very sorry to learn of Chris's passing. He was such a nice guy and a true gentleman. My mom and dad thought extremely highly of him and...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Shouldice - Battle Creek, MI

“Christ family. Thank you for loaning your Dad to Battle Creek. He was a force for good and a force for progress. Even though his name is not on...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Regan LaMothe - Caledonia, MI

“Dear John and Family,I am so sorry that you have lost your DAD. I do not think that I have ever known a better man! Peace be with you and all of...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: John and Cindy Bauman - MI

“Have known Chris for 50 years. Dear man. Family attorney and friend. Will miss this guy! ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: william pearlman - battle creek, MI

“Chris was my mentor when I first began to practice law with the firm in 1980. He taught me the really important parts of being a lawyer, the stuff...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Kathie Cook - Charlotte, MI

“Chris and Betty were wonderful people who shared a vision and compassion for the Battle Creek community. I have known Chris and his family since I...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Gene and Melissa McKay - Friend

“Chris was a wonderful friend of our family, my condolences to John and Kristy. Bob Tieche ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Tieche - Friend

“Such a lovely and well respected man. I'm glad I knew him. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Denise Poyer - Bellevue, MI

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Janice McKay - Friend

“Battle Creek's GOAT. RIP, Chris. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Blaising - South Haven, MI

“Chris was a special gift to all of us at Archway Cookies. Chris was a long-time peer of my father, and I had the good fortune to befriend Chris as a...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Olin, Jr. - Longboat Key, FL

“Chris was a very kind, generous and humble man. My parents, Ginny and Larry Clark attended church with the Christs and were longtime friends with...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Doug Clark - Holland, MI

“Chris, may you rest in peace with your beautiful Betty. I always considered you Mr. Battle Creek. You always thought of the community, and had one...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Dottie Johnson - GRAND HAVEN, MI

“I have wonderful memories from my childhood of Chris, Norm Amos and my dad, Lauren Sackrider, enjoying their close friendship at family gatherings....Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: David Sackrider - Paris, France

“To the Christ family our deepest sympathy. I worked for Chris as his secretary. He was the best. I'm sure he is delighted to be with Betty in heaven...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Vicky Wicker - Battle Creek, MI

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Chris Tocky Christ, 91, of Battle Creek, MI passed away peacefully in the early morning of Monday November 16, 2020. Chris was born in Battle Creek, MI on October 1, 1929 to Greek immigrants John and Ellen (Nitsas) Christ. He was a retired attorney from the law firm of Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, PC in Battle Creek. As a man of family and faith, he was well known for his community service, advocacy and leadership. He has served on numerous boards and received multiple awards and recognition for his community service and leadership.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Jean Christ, who he married on September 29, 1956 at the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek, MI. He is also sadly preceded in death by his daughter Teri Elizabeth Christ who tragically passed away from an automobile accident in 1983; his granddaughter Heather Moana in 2015; his parents John and Ellen Christ; his parental in-laws Nels J. (Tobey) and Mary Mason of Battle Creek, MI; and his sister and brother-in-law Mary (Kalopy) & George Dale of Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by his children John M. (and Jill) Christ of Battle Creek, MI; Kristin L. Christ of Troy, MI; Scott M. Christ (and Kenneth L. Kish) of Kalamazoo, MI; grandchildren J. Matthew Christ; Teri E. (and Adam) Noaeill and David M. (and Ashley) Christ; great grandchildren, Annabelle Noaeill, Skyler Noaeill and Frankie Christ; his brother and sister-in-law Peter and Carolyn Christ of Battle Creek; multiple nieces and nephews; and multiple grand nieces and nephews to whom he is lovingly known as "Uncle Tock."

Chris was an Eagle Scout, and in 1995, he and Betty jointly received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Southwest Michigan Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Chris graduated high school from Culver Military Academy in Culver, IN; a school he credits with his life of discipline and a school he pursued after seeing an advertisement in "Boy's Life" magazine. He graduated summa cum laude from Albion College, Albion, MI in 1951; and he received his law degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1954. He also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Albion College, Albion, MI in 1997.

Attorney Christ joined the law firm now bearing his name in 1959. He started his legal career as a trial lawyer and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and progressed to a specialty in estate planning. He was a former member of the American and Michigan Bar Associations and is a past President of the Calhoun County Bar Association. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Albion College, and a former Trustee of the Battle Creek Health Systems, the Battle Creek Community Foundation, and the Binda Foundation. In 2010, he was honored with the Healthcare Leadership Award from the Michigan Hospital Association.

Chris and his wife Betty were proud members of the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek, MI. He was a humble man whose purpose in life was to serve others. In his own words from a sermon he had presented at the church in 1977, he stated that his mission in life was to "…just try to do something with my life in a meaningful way every day – nothing spectacular, nothing earth-shaking, but maybe helpful to those who sought my counsel".

Of his numerous successes, some of his proudest professional accomplishments included his involvement negotiating the merger of two competing hospitals in Battle Creek, so that the citizens of Battle Creek could have better access to healthcare. He was also appointed to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he served as member and chairperson. There his communication and leadership skills were applied to a world stage. This afforded him the opportunity to meet with various world leaders to help establish problem-solving projects. This was a responsibility he took on with great pride. He and his wife Betty were also very proud of being cofounders with other community members for establishing the North Pointe Woods assisted living community. Chris and Betty also later served as co-chairs for this organization. This was an accomplishment which took Chris full circle, as the location of his passing.

As a music lover, Chris was an avid fan and supporter of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and would often treat friends and family to their concerts. With recognitions, awards, trusteeships, board memberships and community leadership roles almost too numerous to mention; he would note that his greatest accomplishments were as a loving husband, father, uncle, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. His life well lived is now complete with his heavenly reunion with his life partner, confidant and beloved wife Betty and his long missed daughter Teri.

A private family ceremony will be conducted at Memorial Park Cemetery. Due to the Covid-19 virus, a memorial service will be held at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to celebrate his life. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home and Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family can be placed here at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
Chris and Betty Christ Family Fund at the Battle Creek Community Foundation: 32 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49017
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center: 6225 N. 39th Street, Augusta, MI 49012
Brass Band of Battle Creek: P.O. Box 556, Marshall, MI 49068