On April 11, 2014, Dwight Christian joined God’s round-up crew at 2:45 p.m. in Bartlesville’s Jane Phillips Medical Center.
Born in Wynnewood, Garvin County, Okla., to OY (Mule) and Mary Ann (Baxter) Christian, Dwight attended school in several places, finishing high school at Fairfax in 1969. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Lu Ann Barnard, on July 18, 1970. Dwight worked hard all his life to support his family and love of horses. He was employed in the oil fields in Shidler as a farm/ranch hand in Enid and in Dexter, Kan.., and as a ranch hand in Apperson. He finished his working career as the bison program manager for the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Pawhuska. His children and grandchildren were his main joy and source of entertainment, and he enjoyed relating their accomplishments and trials to friends and family.
Survivors include his wife, Lu Ann Christian, of the home; brother, Roger Dale Christian and wife, Valynda of Ponca City; sister, Georgia Mae Christian of Pawhuska; mother, Mary Ann Baxter of Pawhuska; children, Jim Christian of Wayne, Zack and Emily Christian of Stillwater, Kyle and Kay Ghram of Newkirk; grandchildren, Joshua, Mackenzie and Benjamin Ghram of Newkirk, Deklyn Christian of Shidler, Jenna Christian of Stillwater; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Donna Barnard of Burbank; numerous nieces and nephews; his brothers in heart, Gail Fowler and Lawrence Carroll Baxter.
Dwight was preceded in death by his father, OY (Mule) Christian; his grandparents; his sister, Paula Ann Christian and brother-in-law, Dwight Barnard.
Services were held Tuesday at the Webb City Church of God with the Rev. Charles Richey officiating. Interment will be in the Burbank Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial fund established at Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 27, Pawhuska, OK 74056.
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.