January 25, 1956 – January 10, 2022
Robert “Rob” Christie, 65, Noblesville, died on January 10, 2022. He was born on January 25, 1956 in Dearborn, Michigan, the son of the late James and Elsie (Beitler) Christie.
Rob was a graduate of Bentley High School in Michigan and attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.
At the age of 23, Rob started working in construction, which remained his profession for more than 40 years. His career has spanned a wide range of construction experience, including schools, churches, commercial construction, historic renovations, hotels, indoor water parks, custom homes, and more. Over the last 20 years of his career, Robert managed more than $250 million in completed projects, including: Almond Acres Charter School in Paso Robles, California, as well as Welford Sanders, which won a gold medal in the state of Wisconsin for Best Historic Renovation Project in 2019, and the historic renovation and hotel addition of The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich.
At the 1970 Junior Olympic National Trials, Rob took sixth in the one- and three-meter springboard diving competition in Detroit, Michigan. He became world champion in 1996 for the Stanley Tool nail racing competition in Las Vegas, Nev. In 2007 and 2009, Rob qualified for the US Senior Open Golf Sectional in Arizona.
Robert was truly a family man who also loved spending time with friends. He kept many keepsakes that represented an important person in his life or a memory of a certain time that he cherished. He was constantly messaging to let people know he was thinking of them. There is not one adjective that fully describes who Rob was to all of his family and friends.
He was a daring force with an eclectic collection of nuances, catchphrases and mannerisms. When Rob said, “Let me tell you something,” everyone listened because a great story followed. Rob was endowed with a magnetic personality that people were attracted to. He could fill a room with his presence, then his loud music, and immediately there would be irresistible laughter and a very good time.
Rob really lived for every day, always with you in the moment. He was a fierce competitor and loved to push himself and accomplish many things with complete ease. Over the years Rob has enjoyed skiing, golfing, swimming, diving, cycling, tennis, billiards, darts and much more.
Rob’s legacy lives on through his wife, children, grandchildren, and all the wonderful friendships he’s made over his 65-year life. The loss of his great spirit here, and the pain we feel now, is alleviated by knowing that he has accepted Christ as his Savior and lives forever in heaven.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 43, Marlene Christie; daughters, Monica (Brandon) Pollom, Janelle (Stefan) Davenport; and grandchildren, Cecilla and Dominic Pollom, and Dax, Mays, and Gia Davenport.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11am on January 29, 2022, at Bridgewater Country Club, 3535 E. 161st St., Carmel, with lunch at 12 noon.
In lieu of donating flowers, consider donating to HeartPointe Church Building Campaign, 445 E. 206th St., Westfield, IN 46069.
Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arranging.