Former Brookings resident Oscar “Chris” Christof passed away peacefully March 27, 2012, in Apache Junction, Ariz.
He was born in Cambridge, N.Y., May 9, 1929.
Chris grew up in Eagle Bridge, N.Y., where Grandma Moses was his neighbor and made molasses cookies for Oscar and her grandsons.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948. While serving at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base he met Viola “Vi” Patterson, and they were married June 9, 1951.
He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1952. They then moved to Seattle, Wash., where he worked in the air craft industry in California and Arizona until 1960.
Oscar then became a partner in a business in Placerville, Calif. After one year Oscar and Vi became the sole owners of Christof Enterprises, from which they retired on Dec 31, 1985.
During their retirement they traveled around the United States several times including to Canada, Mexico, Alaska and on many cruises. They made friends where- ever they went, and fished in the Pacific Ocean in California and Oregon.
In 1994 they moved to Brookings-Harbor where they lived until 2006. Oscar was active in the Elks Lodge 1934, and also in the Arts and Crafts shows in the area where he sold his “Designs by Chris,” handcrafted sterling silver jewelry, which he enjoyed designing and making. His other many hobbies included gardening, fishing, woodworking, and entertaining people with his stories and jokes.
Oscar and Vi took to the road again in 2006, seeing some places they hadn’t seen before and also volunteering at many state parks, campgrounds, Kartchner Caverns, and Balloon Fiestas.
Due to health reasons, in 2010 they sold their motorhome and moved to a mobile home park in Apache Junction, where Vi resides today.
He is survived by Vi, his wife of 60 years; sons Steve and friend Cheryl of Smith, Nev., Mark of Richmond, Calif., and Brian and Kathleen of Smith; granddaughter Nichole Terry and husband Adam. Also surviving are two great-grandchildren of Midlothian, Texas; and many in-laws and friends.
Oscar was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Katherine Christof; sister Elsa Fouratt; and brother Walter.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Brookings Elks Lodge, 800 Elk Drive, followed by the scattering of his ashes at sea.
Submitted by the family.