Robert P. Crist88, pastor, United Zion resident

By on July 14, 2011

Robert P. Crist, 88, of Lititz, formerly of Hershey, died Sunday, July 3, 2011 at United Zion Retirement Community.

He was born June 13, 1923 in Hershey, a son of the late Harry S. and Stella (Smith) Christ.

Robert was a graduate of Hershey High School, Hershey Junior College and in 1944 graduated from Lebanon Valley College. He attended Bonebrake Theological School in Dayton, Ohio and served on the staff of the First Baptist Church of Dayton from 1944 to 1946.

In 1947, Robert graduated from the Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Mass. He was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Worcester, Mass. in June of 1947 where he served as associate pastor until 1949 and then became pastor of the Central Baptist Church in Southbridge, Mass. from 1949 to 1956. He then returned to First Baptist Church in Worcester as the minister of education from 1956 to 1965. At that time he also served as a chaplain at the Worcester Academy.

In 1965, Robert moved to Maine to become pastor of the Hebron Community Baptist Church and Chaplain and faculty member of the Hebron Academy. He retired in 1993 and moved back to Hershey.

Robert also served as a chaplain in the Navy Reserve from 1951 to 1959; volunteered at the Hershey Medical Center and Hope Lodge. He also performed a number of marriages in the Hershey Rose Garden.

Surviving are daughters: Deborah C. Bowersox, of Lititiz; and Susan J. Mowatt, of Waterville, Maine; a grandson; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; a sister: Ruth C. Bauger, of LaVerne, Calif.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion (Speicher) Crist.

Memorial services will be held at a date to be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Crist Remembrance Fund, c/o Hebron Community Baptist Church, P.O. Box 302, Hebron, ME 04238; or to United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Road, Lititiz, PA 17543.

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