Erick (Chris) Conrad Christoferson
Erick (Chris) Conrad Christoferson was born on January 30, 1951 in Seattle, Washington. Raised in Tacoma. He was the son of Carl Edwin Christoferson an immigrant of Sweden and Esther Fern Cordes Christoferson. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, sisters Patricia Lou Juhl and Marion Verna Capwell. He is survived by his sister Linda Lillian Neill of Wichita, KS, wife Paula Sue Lunsford Christoferson of Aransas Pass, Texas, daughters; Jenette Davis and Erika Callihan of Lake Elsinore, Ca. He leaves many nephews and nieces from Patty, Marion , & Linda including Willie Hoskins (Rachael & Michael) of Hamilton, Oh. A brother in-law Thomas Lunsford (Lk Havasu, AZ) He is also survived by his church family, brothers and sisters in Christ. He leaves the mother of his children Barbara Jo Christoferson, good friends of many years Gabrielle Schilling, George Hart, Brian Mondello, Jim Grimes, and his Captain Ephey Priest, Jr. who all were like sister and brothers to him, many beloved USAF military friends, co-workers, fellow Scuba, Dinner Boat, Ferry Boat Captains and crew. Erick could figure out how to fix most everything. He loved to play his trumpet in school and church as a youth and then later on in life for his crew, dolphins, fish, sharks, but most of all in praise for Jesus. He did this in church and on the sidewalks of Aransas Pass, Texas. He was truly an Acts 17:11 always studying the Scriptures to see what he wasbeing told was accurate. He served his country in the USAF for 12 years stationed in several bases in the USA as well as Ubon Thailand. He left the Air Force as a Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of B-52 flight simulators. After the Military, he joined Huck Manufacturing Co and was promoted as a Research Engineer for aerospace fast eners which led him to Grimes Co. where he designed control systems for automated switch machines and patented a computer Fiber Optic Security system. During those times, he traveled extensively for work and pleasure. He later did research and restorations of Harley Davidson motorcycles. He joined Nekton Diving Cruises traveling in the Bahamas and Belize as their Engineer, later becoming a Captain on the Pilot. He went back on land to design the motor control system and to assist in building out the Rorqual. He came back ashore and landed back on the waters of Lake Powell in SE Utah as a Ferry Boat Captain after which time he relocated to Kemah, Texas where he captained 4 dinner cruise vessels. He then later moved to Aransas Pass, Texas where he was a TXDOT Ferry Boat Captain until his retirement. He died September 21, 2016 at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, from complications of Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a form of Leukemia. He respected and loved all the staff of MDA including Dr. Garcia-Manero and especially loved Dr. Pollard, Dr. Stehn and all the Nursing and Lab staff along with Dr Reddy of Care Regional Medical Center, Aransas Pass. Erick fought this battle for over 2 ½ years. When his physical body gave out, in his own words he was “Ready to walk with Jesus - tonight.” A Celebration of his life was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 10 a.m. at NorthBay Fellowship 3530 Main St. (Corner of Hwy 1069 and Mooney) Ingleside, Texas. In lieu of flowers please consider a blood donation at your local blood bank or a donation to MD Anderson, Leukemia group.