Chris fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, and that morning, God extended His loving and healing arms to Chris, and led him into His glorious kingdom of heaven. Chris now knows no pain or sorrow, and instead walks with God along His heavenly streets. As he did as a deacon of Stockdale Baptist Church, Chris now is singing with the heavenly angels, and shouting and praising God's love and grace while walking all over heaven with his savior.
Born April 14, 1926, in Pike County, Ohio, to Hubert and Dolly Estep, Chris was the fourth of eight children. He married the love of his life, Betty Ann, on Oct. 25, 1947, and they shared 60 glorious and love-filled years together. Chris' love of God, wife and family was a true testament to his faith and his unconditional love.
He worked on C&O Railroad from 1943 until 1944. He left C&O to serve our country. On Sept. 22, 1944, until Nov. 27, 1946, he proudly served in the United States Ar-my, Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged in November 1946, and awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Army of Occupational Medal, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Plaque and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star.
Upon his return from military service, he returned to Lucasville, and married his love, Betty Ann Smith. They moved to Hilliard, Ohio, shortly after their wedding and raised their family. Chris worked for the Columbus Showcase Company and Armstrong Furnace, until taking a supervisory position with General Motors. He retired from GM after 30 years of loyal service. After his retirement, he and Betty moved back to Lucasville, where Chris found God and he had his proudest position -- that as deacon of Stockdale Baptist Church.
Chris is survived by his devoted wife, Betty; sons, Joseph Gene (Tink) Estep and Gregory (Marilyn) Estep; daugh-ters, Phyllis Estep and Beverly Estep; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Missy (Tony) Riga, David (Tara) Estep, Doug (Cinci) Estep, Kristin Estep, Aaron (Heidi) Hinton, Nikki (Derrick) Erlenbach, Libby Estep, Sara (Nick) Agosta, Bart (Stephanie) Bethel and Miranda (Jim) Hobson; 20 great-grandchildren, Alicia Riga, Sierra Estep, Kenzie Estep, Braden Estep, Carson Estep, Dawson Estep, Peyton Estep, McKenna Hinton, Ashton Hinton, Alexis Hinton, Tasha Erlenbach, Dillon Erlenbach, Haylee Estep, Wyatt Fowler, Maxton Agosta, Jordin Agosta, Abbey Bethel, Emma Bethel, Mitzi Hobson and James Hobson.
He is survived by his brother, Chester (Wanda) Estep; sisters, Katherine Burchett, Helen (Roy) Barnett, Doris (Dean) Bobst and Peggy Sowards. Chrissie was preceded in death by twin sons, Ronald and Donald Estep; daughter, Sharon Hinton; parents, Hubert and Dolly Estep; and brothers, Cecil Estep and Ken-neth Estep.
Chris gave his family love, guidance, discipline and faith. He always made everyone feel safe and loved, and taught everyone to face problems and trials with honesty and faith in God. Dad was confined to a wheelchair, the result of a fatal car accident in 1999, and his body was ravaged with cancer -- still, he wheeled himself into his church and praised God, then proceeded to sing, a cappella, "God's Been Good To Me."
We will receive family and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008, at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home, 6710 Swauger Valley Road, Minford, OH 45653. Funeral service will take place Sunday, March 9, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Stockdale Baptist Church, Dewey Road, Stockdale, Ohio. Pastor Dave Lute will officiate, and Pastor Rick Evans will give the eulogy. Burial will be in Scioto Cemetery directly after the service.
Please join us back at Stockdale Baptist Church, after the burial, for a celebration of Chris' life and love.