OBITUARY

Daniel Christman

September 23, 1932May 8, 2013
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Daniel E. “Wimpy” Christman, age 80, of Rogers died May 8, 2013, at Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village in Bentonville. He was born in Dermott, Ark., on Sept. 23, 1932, to the late Lee and Velma (Simpson) Christman.

Dan was a 1950 graduate of Dermott High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he completed his pre-med courses. Later, he attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and graduated there with his doctorate in medicine in 1957. After his internship at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, he served his residency in anesthesiology at Wilford Hall Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

He served his country in the United States Air Force where he obtained the rank of captain.

In 1964, Dr. Christman moved back to Tulsa, where he entered private practice in anesthesiology at St. John Hospital. In 1981, he relocated his family to Rogers and practiced with St. Mary’s (Mercy) Hospital until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret “Marnie” Christman of the home; son, Dr. Brian Christman and wife, Julia, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Dr. Dana Christman Runsabove of Las Cruces, N.M.; grandchildren, Grace Katherine Christman and Seth Michael Christman, both of Nashville, Tenn.; nephew, Lee Christman and wife, Aimee, of Bella Vista.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Rogers, celebrated by Father Jason Sharbaugh. Private inurnment will be in the St. Stephen Columbarium in Bentonville.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, should be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, or St. Vincent or St. Stephen Catholic churches.

Cremation arrangements are by Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers. Online condolences may be made at www.rollinsfuneral.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, May 13, 2013
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KATHRYN KILDOO

May 21, 2013

Dan was such an important part of my families life. He was present at the birth of both children and in fact was the one to see them first before me. We went through many good and bad times in our lives that we shared. I will surely miss him. Kathryn Kildoo

Angie scott

May 21, 2013

Aww my deepest condolences to the Christman family. Love u aunt Dana. My prayers are with u and ur family.

Larry Embree

May 16, 2013

Wimpy, your admirable qualities are legion and none more characteristic than your light-hearted humor and contrasting somber rigorous approach to medicine. Your example made the grind of medical school more tolerable.
I treasure the thoughts and events that we shared, and now I share your loss with Marnie, Brian, Dana and extended family.
My wife never met you, but she enjoyed tales of our escapades, and upon learning of your passing she exclaimed, "Oh !!, I wanted to meet Wimpy and Marnie."
And she will someday at that greatest of all class reunions.

PAX VOBISCUM

Larry J. Embree, M. D., U. of A. College of Medicine, 1957

May 14, 2013

I am a nurse who worked with Dr. Christman in the O.R. then SICU at St.John in Tulsa. He was the best, and also gave me my spinal anesthesia when I delivered a son in 1974. I have not seen him in years but always remember him and feel priviledged to have known him. My best to your family. Sandy Hill

May 13, 2013

MARNIE AND FAMILY--DAN AND I HAD A LOT IN COMMON. HE LOVED TO COOK AND TRY NEW RECIPES AND I LOVED TO EAT THEM. WILL MISS ALL THOSE RECIPES VIA EMAIL. ALSO WE BOTH SURE DID LOVE SEEING AND HEARING THE PURPLE MARTINS EACH YEAR. HE DEFINITELY NEW WHAT THE BEST MARTIN BOX WAS AND GLADLY SHARED A COUPLE WITH ME. THE BOYS TREASURE THAT OLD SHOTGUN IMMENSELY. THEY HAD THE BARREL RE BLUED, NEW FINISH ON THE STOCK AND THE WORDS 'dixie pride" ENGRAVED WITH GOLD ON THE BASE. DAN WAS SO PROUD OF HOW THEY FIXED IT UP AND THEN SHOWED HIM WHAT THEY HAD DONE. THOSE NEW YEAR DAY DROP INS WERE ALWAYS ENJOYED BECAUSE WE KNEW YOU ALL WOULD SHOW UP FOR THE BLACKEYED PEAS, CORNBREAD, AND SMOKED RIBS. I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW PROUD I WAS TO BE INCLUDED AS ONE OF DAN'S "SELECT FEW" TO RECEIVE HIS VERY SPECIAL EMAILS THAT OFTEN MADE MY DAY, WEEK, AND SOMETIMES MY YEAR!!!!!RHONDA AND I WILL MISS HIM MUCH.......JIM WOODRUFF

Steve Butcher

May 13, 2013

I know we haven't seen you and Dan for a while but we will always have great memories of being your neighbor. All the kids are doing great.
Steve Butcher Family

Stella Wadley

May 13, 2013

Our loss is Heaven's gain. Let us be comforted by the fact that we will, someday, be together again with our brother-in-Christ.

Dolph Oglesby

May 12, 2013

Wimpy was my best friend from elementary school through high school in Dermott, College in Monticello and Medical School in Little Rock, AR. He was one year older and was always one year ahead of me in school.

During our early childhood we played together with our many friends in the neighborhoods of Dermott, AR. He was always a leader. We were in the Boy Scouts together. He taught me many things about Scouting as he was my senior and taught me what he had learned. We went on many Scouting and camping trips together. We caught and killed a lot of snakes together. That was one of his specialties. When we arrived at a Scout Camp, he was always the first one to jump out of the truck and run into the woods and come back with a live snake. It was a contest that we had and he usually won it.

After his graduation from Medical School in 1957 and my graduation from Medical School in 1958 we went our separate ways. He served his country for several years as an Air Force Medical Officer before entering the private practice of medicine in Tulsa, OK. I did the same as a Medical Officer in the Navy before entering private practice in North Little Rock, AR.

We only saw each other one time after his graduation from medical school and that was in the early 60's, which was about fifty years ago. He invited my wife and I to dinner in Tulsa and we drove to Tulsa for the weekend and had dinner with Wimpy and his wife. Another doctor and his wife from Tulsa, that I had known while in the Navy, were also with us.

There were many years that I had no contact with Wimpy. He was busy in his practice as I was in mine. He raised a fine family while I did the same. If it had not been for the Personal Computer, I guess that we would have never heard from each other again.

One day about ten years ago I saw his name on an e-mail. Since that day we have had a wonderful time, sharing messages, pictures and rare telephone calls. My only regret is that I never did take time off to go see him again this past year. Time ran out. I am very sad and am grieving the loss of my best friend. Although time and distance has kept us apart, Wimpy will always be my best friend in my heart.

My prayers are with his family and other friends that are grieving his loss. I know that he is now with his Lord and one day I hope to see him again in Boy Scout Heaven.

Walter Randolph (Dolph) Oglesby, M.D.
2 Club Manor Drive
Maumelle, AR 72113

Roger& Mae Robertson

May 12, 2013

Dear Marnie and family, really thought a lot and have many fond and happy memories in Dermott. Every one close and caring for each other, and enjoyed getting Emails from him, just still a part of the way we grew up. Such a nice Guy. Sorry did not get to know you'll, take good care and God bless,Mae & Roger Robertson

Foye Lowe

May 12, 2013

You take with you a part of me, leaving a void in my being; You leave with me parts of yourself, enriching my life. Eldest cousin of our generation, farewell.