Johnny Bernard Christion

June 13, 1954 - April 23, 2013

Visitation: Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Service: Funeral services will be at 12 noon Saturday, April 27, at Friendship Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Johnny Bernard Christion, 58, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 12 noon Saturday, April 27, at Friendship Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Johnny was born June 13, 1954 in Sweatman, MS to John D. and Willie Mae (Taylor) Christion. As a young man Johnny worked for Allied Products in Memphis, TN.  He graduated from high school in Memphis and completed training in auto mechanics and truck driving school. He held various truck driving jobs throughout the years.

Johnny worked for John Morrell, Jostens, FedEx, Sara Lee, and most recently Show Place Wood Products.

On July 1, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV, Johnny married the love of his life, Barb Poss.

Grateful for having shared Johnny’s life are his wife, Barb of Lennox, SD; children- Steven (Becky) Thomas, Sioux Falls, Lakisha Christion, Memphis, TN, Clinton Ostrom, Ft. Meyers, FL, Cameryn (Aaron) Friesz, Sioux Falls, Cassius Christion, Ipswich, SD, and Caitlin Christion, Sioux Falls; step-children- Lt. Colonel Michael (Dawn) Poss, Bellevue, NE, Tricia Zimmer, Marshall, MN, Shelly Poss, Las Vegas, NV, and Ryan Poss and fiancee, Stephanie Kuper, Tea, SD; father and mother-in-law, Roy and Audrey Steffes, Ivanhoe, MN; 9 grandchildren; and 6 step-grandchildren.  He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and brother and sister-in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Willie Mae Christion, his daughter, Nakisha, and granddaughter, Calixidy Christion.

Johnny loved being in the outdoors, fishing and hunting, especially at the farm owned by special friend, Irma Pick.  He also loved to ride his motorcycle and spend time at the Brant Lake Cabin giving rides on the pontoon. Johnny was also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

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  1. Nelson Zephier on April 24, 2013 said:

    My deepest sympathies to Barb, and Johnny’s family during this time of sorrow.

  2. Chris Duncan on April 25, 2013 said:

    Barb and family
    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Mike Cook and Julie Huwe on April 25, 2013 said:

    We loved JB very much. We will forever miss his caring spirit, wonderful smile, funny laugh and kindness that he showed to all. We will always keep our wonderful memories of him close to our hearts.

  4. Crista Pick on April 25, 2013 said:

    I wanted to say that I am so sorry to hear about Johhny. I was in Annapolis, MD when I heard about it. I instantly broke into tears. Let me tell you a little about what Johnny meant to me. I attended school with his children in Parker, South Dakota. I knew of him but never really met him until my aunt Glenda introduced us. Little did I know I would later develop a relationship with this person. He was the kindest, gentlest, and put other people first, type of person. He was not just my aunt’s friend, he became a part of our family. I remember last September, Johnny dropped what he was doing to help me move, him and I were riding in his truck when the straps holding my mattress down loosened up. We had to stop in a busy area on 12th street in Sioux Falls, and run out and tighten them up. Him and I laughed so hard because we looked like a bunch of first timers. He did things for me that my dad should have been doing. He never said no, and he always made time for others. Including the time he helped clean up trees at my grandmas farm. He would hunt out at the Pick farm and, and in return always offered to lend a helping hand. He always made a good time out of something that would not normally be enjoyable. I will never forget this man. He has touched so many lives in the littlest ways. I would tell people to celebrate the joy Johnny brought to his friends and family’s lives. It is a sad time, but it’s also a celebration of the life he had, the laughs he produced, and the memories and impressions he left with us. We love you Johnny and know that you will never be forgotten.

  5. Lori & Gary Fossum on April 25, 2013 said:

    We are so sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing he was such a special guy. He always had a smile on his face and such a zest for life! We hope the memories you shared will give you comfort in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Susan and Kevin Horner on April 27, 2013 said:

    Steve and Becky…
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Steve’s dad. Hope you both find comfort in knowing others care and are thinking about you. May God watch over you during this time and surround you with love and peace. Hugs to you both. Susan and Kevin Horner