Celebrating a century of living

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By Maria Maxham

Staff Reporter

On Nov. 5, Francis Robert Christian will celebrate his 100th birthday with family and friends at his River Forest home.

Frank was born on Nov. 5, 1919 in Chicago in his family home on Loomis Street, the second child of three born to Robert and Cordelia Christian. The family moved to Oak Park, and he attended St. John Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin and Northwestern University.

He served in World War II as an Army staff sergeant, stationed in Germany and England. When he returned home, he married Ruthann Hoppe of Oak Park. They moved to River Forest and where they raised five children, who gave them six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Frank ran his family's business and has enjoyed food, travel and golf as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Local family and friends will celebrate with friends and family from Mississippi, Georgia, California and Geneva, Switzerland.

Maria Maxham

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