KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Michael E. Christner, 62, died Wednesday at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo following a short illness.
He had lived in Kalamazoo 25 years. Prior to that he lived in LaGrange, Ind. and then Fort Wayne, Ind. He grew up on Messick Lake in LaGrange County in Indiana and was a 1971 graduate of Westview High School.
Mr. Christner worked as a machinist.
Michael enjoyed swimming, water skiing, and boating in addition to chess, checkers and other strategy games.
He was born Nov. 15, 1951 in Bellevue, Ohio, to David L. and Lois L. (Heilman) Christner.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Candy and Dan Fairbanks of Lansing and Michelle and Jason Toller of Corbin, Ky.; three grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, John and Trudy Christner of Noblesville, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Betty Lee Christner.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service Saturday at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 S. State St., Kendallville, Ind.
Burial will be in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana, Ind.
Preferred memorials are to the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com.