Mardell Leonard Christian, 89, Jefferson City, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019, at Valley Park West in California, Missouri.
He was born December 16, 1929, in Jefferson City, the son of the late Leonard and Alma Marie (Taflinger) Christian.
Mardell served with the United States Army and the United States National Guard his entire career. He served during the Korean Conflict and had many exciting experiences with his longtime friend, Bob Atwell. Mardell was inside the prison walls during the 1954 prison riot at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City and was one of the honor guard when President Carter came to Missouri.
He was united in marriage on April 18, 1952, in Jefferson City, Missouri to Alma Jean Branson, who preceded him in death on December 27, 2011.
Once he retired from the military, he enjoyed transporting children for the Special Learning Center for nine years.
Mardell enjoyed mushroom hunting, cutting grass, playing the harmonica and guitar. He especially loved family time with family barbecues and being with his grandchildren.
Survivors include three children, Deborah (Alan) Campbell, California; Dwayne (Lori Shikles) Christian, Russellville; Dwight (Angela) Christian, Holts Summit; four grandchildren, Shelly (Jesse) Kirchhoff, Mindy (Terry Jahinsky) Campbell, Brandon Christian, Abigail Christian; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Kirchhoff and Kailey Wallace.
He was preceded in death by parents; wife, Alma; infant sister, Wanda Fae Christian; and sister, Dorothy (Bill) Lammers.
Visitation will be 10a.m. to 12 Noon Friday, April 5, 2019, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 12 Noon Friday, April 5, 2019, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Diener officiating.
Burial with military honors will be in Hawthorne Memorial Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to the Mardell Christian family.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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