Harvey H. Christophel

HARVEY HARRISON CHRISTOPHEL was born on June 25, 1923 in Enterprise Township, Jackson County, Minnesota, the son of Benjamin (Ben) and Viola (King) Christophel.  In his youth, he attended District 93 country school in Enterprise Township.  After his education, he helped on the family farm.  He was united in marriage to Bernice Marley on February 9, 1947 in Sandpoint, Idaho.  After marriage, they moved to a home in Enterprise and farmed there.  Along with his farming, he did custom spraying and helping out many neighbors picking corn and running the combine.  He had also been employed by Jack Johannsen at Johannsen’s Motor Service in Alpha until the business closed in the mid 1980’s.  Harvey passed away at the Sanford Jackson Hospital on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 3 days.


Harvey was brought to the Lord through Holy Baptism on October 3, 1926 at the First Presbyterian Church in Alpha and was confirmed into the Christian Faith on May 13, 1956 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimball Township, Jackson County.  He had been a member there and had served on the church board and had been its head usher for many years.  Harvey enjoyed traveling, being with family and friends camping and water skiing doing it well into his 70’s. 


Harvey is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bernice Christophel of Alpha, two children, Michael (Paula) Christophel of Alpha and Linda Christophel of Alpha, two grandchildren, Tiffany (Matthew,DC) Parliament of Helena, Montana and Gentry Christophel and his fiancé, Kayli Baker, of Billings, Montana, 4 step-grandchildren, Greg (Kathy) Clarke, Andria (Nate) Nowak, Brandon ( Ashley) Clarke, Zac Clarke and 6 step-great-grandchildren, a sister, Joyce (Kenneth) Kabe of Fairmont, Minnesota, a sister-in-law, Beverly (Francis) McNall of Sandpoint, Idaho, a brother-in-law, Arnold McGill of Libby, Montana and many nieces and nephews.


Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Elsie (Rudy) Grunst, Alice (Lavern) Benjamin, Lila (Jesse “Paige”) Prior and Zola (LeRoy)Hranicka, a brother-in-law, Leland (Bud) Marley and a sister-in-law, Virginia McGill and her first husband, Robert Dahms and a niece, Marlene Prior.

 Blessed be the memory of Harvey Harrison Christophel

HARVEY H. CHRISTOPHEL, 86, of Alpha passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at the Sanford Jackson Hospital in Jackson.  Funeral service will be on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimball Township, Jackson County with Pastor Rick Bremseth officiating.  Burial will be in the Church cemetery.


Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and on Wednesday – one hour prior to the service at the Church

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  1. Wendy (Carlson) White says:

    Just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to your family on the loss of Harvey. It was so great to get to know your family camping out at Cedar. I had the opportunity to catch up with Harvey at Walmart in Mankato this past fall. He was always very friendly and kind when I saw him. I hope you hold on to all of the memories you have with him as I hope they will bring a smile to your face as he always seemed to have one. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Take care, Wendy (Carlson) White (Cedar Lake Camping Friend)

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