Mac Christy, Jr.

Mac Christy, Jr. of Pomona, Kansas passed away October 13, 2021 in Tonganoxie, Kansas. Mac was born March 22, 1933, in Evanston, IL to Martha Fritch Christy and Andrew McCollough Christy.

Mac served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1972. Following retirement from the military, he worked as a vocational instructor and businessman. He was one of the organizers of the Edsall Class Veterans Association and spent considerable time in Galveston, TX maintaining and restoring exhibits at Seawolf Park.

He is survived by his wife, Virgie Westblade Moreano Christy of the home, his sister, Nancy Christy-Moore of Surprise, AZ; his children, Patricia Ludwig (Steve) of Waukegan, IL., Tim Christy (Brenda) of Arrow Rock, MO., Tom Christy (LeeAnn) of Salina, KS., Colin Christy (Connie) of Turkey, Lisa Beery (Chuck) of Salina, KS., Pam Bobik (Arthur) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., stepson Phillip Moreano (Sara) of Lawrence, KS., 20 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pomona. The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 12:00 noon at the church.

To livestream Mac’s service, please click on the link below:

Memorial contributions may be made in Mac’s name to Seawolf Park in Galveston, TX and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.


8 Condolences

  1. Dr. K. Anderson Crooks on October 15, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    In every life, there are those characters – those wonderful, oversized personalities – who come in and immediately enrich our existence. Mac was all that and more. His voice will forever be in my head and his care for me will always have a front row in my heart. Mac, you have left this world a better place. Thank you, my good friend.

  2. Rhonda & Jim on October 16, 2021 at 5:46 am

    Dear Christy family,
    Mac had a huge impact on our lives.
    He took Jim under his wing and taught him so so much. Over all the years, after Anchor H&C, Mac always checked in to see how we were doing.
    He served his country with loyalty & pride.
    Our lives are better because of Mac.
    May God’s perfect peace be yours.

  3. Spencer Douglas Ernst , Sr on October 16, 2021 at 7:15 am

    Spencer Douglas Ernst,Sr
    I am honored to call Mac my friend. I became a better man working with his volunteer group on the USS Stewart in Galveston, TX and I will always remember the insights and great times, Mac remained a strong leader to the end. He is truly a man to admire. Thanks Mac, for the time you shared with me.

  4. Sandy Harris on October 16, 2021 at 8:27 am

    I’m so grateful to have known Mac even if it was for just a few years. If I had a question while we were working away on the Stewart, he had an answer.
    He informed my life in a way no one else could or even tried to.
    And he was so proud of Virgie! Much love to her and thanks for sharing Mac.

  5. Raymond LaFrey on October 16, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    It was a very special privilege to know Mac and I have many fond memories: The camaraderie of Work Weeks; learning how Fairbanks Morse Diesels operate; remembering the correct naval terms (overhead, not ceiling), etc.

    Then, one day in 2014, I told him about some mild chest pains and unusual fatigue, which my usual MD had dismissed. Mac urged me to immediately see a cardiologist, with the kind of emphasis that only Navy Chiefs can muster. I saw one the following morning, had angiograms that afternoon and a double cardiac by pass the next morning to correct a widow maker blockage. Mac’s alert no doubt saved my life.

    Mac touched many lives and will be greatly missed, especially by me.

  6. Mike and Susan Morin on October 16, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Virgie and family,

    Warm thoughts and prayers to you my sweet friend. It was you Virgie that brought us all together. ????
    I remember those breakfasts that Mac would make after we worked a night shift. Yum!!
    Mac and Mike hit it off right away!
    Mac was a wonderful guy and he loved you so much!
    We will miss him!
    Take care of yourself!!

  7. Robin & Pam Avance on October 19, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Robin & Pam Avance
    We loved Mac & will miss him. He was one of a kind. We will greatly miss his big smile@❤

  8. Info Warren McElwain on October 20, 2021 at 10:07 am

    I met Chief Mac Christy through Rip Roedell (brother-in-law), they
    coerced me to volunteer on the USS Stewart. But because of this I met
    one of the finest men there is. Mac was a man of principle, a leader, a
    teacher, compassion for his fellow man. It’s a great honor to have known
    My prayers are with Mac, Virgie and Family.
    Robin Avance

    P.S. Lover Mac’s sea stories

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