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Vernon E. "Shorty" Christner, 88, Goshen, died at 1:13 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Goshen Hospital, after a brief illness.
He was born April 1, 1929, in Topeka, to Eli and Polly (Yoder) Christner.
On Dec. 28, 1978, in Syracuse, he married Lavina (Miller) Mullins, who survives.
Also surviving are daughter, Charlotte (David) Miller, Middlebury; stepson, Ron (Donna) Mullins, Mishawaka; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Dick Graber, Elkhart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Doris Graber; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl (James Corkey-McBride) McBride; stepson, Bob Mullins; two brothers, Wilbur and Freeman Christner.
Shorty had worked in different area factories, including Carriage in Millersburg for many years. He was a farmer and worked for Merl's Electric and Goshen Farm and Lawn in his retirement.
He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and mowing lawns. He was a member of New Paris Missionary Church.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, also at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by Pastors Mitch Hile and Dave Hackney.
Burial will be at Miller Cemetery, Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County.
Share online condolences at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 13, 2018
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