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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Herbert M. “Butch” Christian, 68, of Wellsville, NY

Herbert M. “Butch” Christian,
Herbert M. “Butch” Christian, 68,  of Wellsville, NY, entered into Heaven on Friday (Dec. 14, 2012) at home following a lengthy illness, surrounded by family.

Mr. Christian was born on Nov. 2, 1944, in New Berlin, to Gaylord and Jane H. (Salisbury) Christian. He was a 1964 graduate of Coudersport High School. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard of Pennsylvania from 1965-71. On April 11, 1970, he married Debra E. Clayson, who survives.

Herb worked as a meat cutter for Market Basket at Shinglehouse, Pa., Wellsville, Andover and Bolivar locations for 41 years. He drove truck for Southern Tier Express and Baldwin Forest Products for 8 years until his retirement in 2008.

In addition to his wife, Butch is survived by two daughters, Sonya (Lance) Wolfrom of Lockhaven, Pa., and Nichole (Len) Woltz of Akron; one son, Shane (Kristy) Christian of Wellsville; two sisters, Mary Herasymiuk of New Orleans, La., and Janice Sallade of Roulette, Pa.; two brothers, Gaylord (Linda) Christian of Bridgewater, Va., and Carl (Elaine) Christian of Dayton, Va.; 7 grandchildren, Taylor Wolfrom, Kara Wolfrom, Brady Wolfrom, Caitlynn Burns, Jacob Burns, Jordan Christian and Andrew Christian; two step-grandchildren, Raelyn Woltz and Hanna Woltz; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers-in-law, Nestor Herasymiuk, James Sallade and Ike Clayson; one sister-in-law, Anita Christian; and a nephew, Kevin Vossler.

Butch was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed woodworking. He was a diehard NASCAR fan, especially Dale Earnhardt, both Sr. and Jr. and he always cheered for the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville. He had many pleasures, but it was his love for family and friends and service to his Lord that guided his life.

Friends may call on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville with Rev. Stan Scoville officiating with full military honors following the service. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial contributions in Herb’s name may be made to First United Methodist Church Outreach, 79 Madison St., Wellsville, NY 14895.

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