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Obituary: Christoffers, Karl James “K.C.”

Christoffers, Karl James “K.C.” March 17, 1939–April 29, 2020

Karl was the third son born to John Christoffers and Kate Lachenmayer Christoffers of Middlesex, NJ, arriving on his mother’s birthday. He was predeceased by his brother John Carl Christoffers. His brother Paul Daniel Christoffers lives in Lexington Park, MD. Karl has three nieces living in the tristate area: Diane Zarkin of Burke, VA, Marilyn Scott of Bunker Hill, WV, and Laura Quinn of Columbia, MD. Karl is also survived by his stepsons, Franklin R. Morales of San Francisco, CA, and Richard D. Morales of Potomac, MD., his ex-wife Iverna Christoffers of Beltsville, his granddaughter, Kimberly Morales of Silver Spring, and several grandnieces and --grandnephews.

Karl was a veteran of the armed forces, serving in the Army during the Vietnam conflict, although his service as a medic was predominately spent in Korea. After his discharge from the Army, Karl found employment with the Greyhound bus company in Washington, DC, where he served in many capacities, ending up as a long distance bus operator. Karl was a member of The American Legion College Park Post #217 and The Veterans of Foreign Wars.

After retiring from Greyhound in 1992, Karl became very involved with the Special Olympics of Maryland serving in many capacities and earning several awards and plaques for his efforts. These awards cover a wall in the post home in College Park. Karl was named Legionnaire of the Year for Prince George’s County in 20072008. Karl was also a big supporter of Legion baseball, at times supplying baseball equipment for the players who could not afford to purchase their own. Karl was a big Redskins fan and enjoyed playing fantasy football. One of his many hobbies was making airplanes out of soda cans and beer cans, many made to order. Some of these planes were used to raise funds for charities he supported. Karl enjoyed music, playing piano and organ, and his extensive collection of record albums provided him much pleasure. Karl was a friend to many and will be missed. A memorial service of life will be held later in the year when it is deemed safe to gather with interment to be in Cheltenham Veteran's Cemetery.

Photo Caption: Karl James “KC” Christoffers

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