Wayne Lee Christoff, age 83, of Rapid River, passed away at U.P. Health Systems Marquette on Thursday, August 25, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones.
Wayne was born in Kipling, Michigan on September 12, 1938, the son of Leo and Celia (Maki) Christoff. On August 4, 1962, Wayne married his highschool sweetheart and love of his life, Joanne Lundberg, at Calvary Lutheran Church. Wayne attended school in Eben Junction, Kipling, and Rapid River. He attended college at Ferris Institute and Northern Michigan University. Wayne graduated with a B.S. degree in Teaching and two Masters Degrees in Secondary Education and School Administration. Wayne taught at Nahma High School, Royal Oak Kimball High School, Flat Rock Elementary, Rapid River High School, and Gladstone Schools. He was High School principal at Rapid River and elementary principal at W.C. Cameron in Gladstone.
Wayne was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Gladstone Masonic Lodge #396, Rapid River Lions Club, and the Rapid River Senior Center. He was a former member of Rapid River School Board, DSISD Board Member, Rapid River and Gladstone Kiwanis and Ensign Township Board of Review.
Wayne was so proud of his daughter Leanne and son Mark and all of his grandchildren.
Wayne is survived by his wife Joanne, daughter Leanne (Jim) Bedgood, and son Mark (Cristine) Christoff, his grandchildren Bryan, Nathan, Kaitlyn, Breanne, Addie, and Clay.
Wayne loved being with family. The family all enjoyed a trip to Kauai, Hawaii, in August 2022 to celebrate Wayne and Joanne’s 60th wedding anniversary.
Wayne loved to travel, garden, and wood work. Wayne had many accomplishments, awards, and accolades, but most important was his family and his faith.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12 noon to 2 PM at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River. Memorial services will follow at 2 PM with Pastor Stephen Gauger officiating. A luncheon will follow services in the Calvary parish hall. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to Calvary Lutheran Church or the Beacon House in Marquette. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Christoff family.