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Christian Vikari

Born: Sun., Jun. 9, 1935
Died: Thu., Feb. 21, 2013


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., Mar. 02, 2013
Location: Springville, Spring Creek 12th Ward Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 02, 2013
Location: Springville, Spring Creek 12th Ward Chapel


3:30 PM Sat., Mar. 02, 2013
Location: Annabella Cemetery

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Dr. Christian Vikari, 77, of Erie, PA returned to his heavenly home with his beloved wife by his side on Thursday, February 21, 2013, after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Christian was born on June 9, 1935, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany to Ludwig and Ana Krueger Vikari.

He was gifted with physical stature, a keen intellect, a compassionate heart, an abiding faith in God and an unyielding constitution. He was only a boy when World War II came to his door. And through his child’s eye, witnessed the horrors of death, destruction and devastating loss brought by the war. Yet in the midst of terrible tragedy, he triumphed. Christian turned those gifts into the tools he actively used to overcome great adversity throughout his life.

In 1945, he began his career in scouting as a scout and earned the German Eagle Scout badge and served in numerous leadership roles and positions. Scouting became a life-long passion. On the farm, he worked hard and completed every task and assignment with a vigorous exactness. He loved caring for the crops and animals. He was developed a thirst for knowledge of the natural and the divine.

Christian attended school in Munich, Bavaria Germany and excelled at all subjects, especially the sciences. At age 17, he graduated from the Technical College of Munich with professional board certification in Electrical Design Engineering.

Christian was an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed ice, skating, hiking, skiing, fishing and camping in his beloved Bavarian Alps. He qualified for the German National Olympic Downhill Ski Team.

In January 1952, Christian immigrated to the United States, accompanied by his parents and his two younger sisters Helga and Ingrid, in tow. After a long and turbulent oceanic voyage, the family disembarked in New York, became citizens of the Unites States and traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to begin again.

Christian was proud to be an American; a lover of the land of the free and a deeply passionate patriot. He believed in and championed the Constitution of the United States and studied it often. He proudly displayed the flag and deeply respected its revolutionary roots. With his new citizenship, he quickly learned the English language and enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to continue his already advanced knowledge and practice of electrical engineering. While at BYU, he served as Lyceum Chair from 1958-1960.

During the course of his studies, he met fate or Karma as it were. He fell in love and married his eternal companion, Karma Jean Kay in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on September 21, 1959. Christian cherished his wife. In word and deed he honored her. Whether a beautiful card, some jewelry, or a few simple sweet nothings scribbled on a note, Karma had her "chivalrous knight". He made sure her car’s gas tank was never empty, doors were always opened for her and he insisted that others treat his beautiful bride with respect. He also loved being a father.

In 1960, Christian was awarded a scholarship and attended dental school at the University of Oregon. During that time, he enlisted in the US Army Reserve. In 1964, Christian completed dental school and earned his DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and graduated Sergeant-at-Arms. He enlisted in the US Army and received his commission as First Lieutenant. To make ends meet, he used his engineering background and worked for the Bureau of Public Roads Region 9, Vancouver, WA designing, drafting freeway/road bridges. Christian worked as an Electrical Engineer for the Boeing Co.

In 1967, Christian moved his young family to Chicago, IL to complete a dental residency at Loyola University. Again, he graduated at the top of his class and earned a specialty certificate in Endodontics and a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology. Christian received new orders from the Army. The family relocated to the San Francisco Bay area where Christian began his assignment as Director of Endodontic Intern Training at Letterman General Hospital and served as Chief of the Endodontic Education Services Committee from 1969-1970. Another transfer order was received and the family moved to Washington. From 1970-1972, Christian again served as the Director of Endodontic Intern Training at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, WA, Preventative Dentistry Officer and Safety Officer and maintained a General/Endodontic Practice. He attained the rank of Major, earned several commendations and retired after honorably serving the country he loved.As his family grew, so did his love for them.

Christian opened his private dental/endodontic practice in Tukwila, WA in 1972. Professionally, he was doing what he loved. For 14 years, he never complained of caring for patients on or off-hours. He was exact and precise in his practice of Endodontics. He would pray that his hands would be guided and his mind directed.

He served on the staff of Valley General Hospital, on numerous committees. Between 1973-1978, he served as the Dental Department Chair. He held member faculty positions at the University of Maryland, Loyola University, University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Heidelberg and the US Army Education Center. He is a distinguished member of numerous professional boards, societies, academies and associations. He is an accomplished and published author and technical illustrator. His professional career like his church and scouting are marked by service.

Christian was passionate about the Boy Scout program and remained active throughout his life. He held numerous leadership positions and was awarded scouting’s highest honor: The Silver Beaver. His uniforms were impeccable and he demanded exactness from those he led and served. As a leader of men, he was devoted, and brought complete and total focus to any and all activities.

As a life-long faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he faithfully served in numerous capacities including, sealer, bishop, mission president, branch president and served a full time mission to the Swiss Austrian Mission from 1956-1958.

His library was extensive and his knowledge vast. He was ever learning and ever teaching. Christian was a seeker of knowledge both of the divine and the natural. He had a deep and abiding faith in God and relied on God’s wisdom, guidance and direction. Throughout his life he bore a deep and quiet respect for the fragility and temporal nature of this world. His feelings ran deep. He was quiet, reserved and kept much close to the vest. Christian had an incredible appreciation for the Masters and their works; fine craftsmanship, music, art, literature, architecture but was not captive of or beholden to them. His huge and tender heart became untempered over the years. He was driven by the desire to err on the side of compassion. Christian was the first to answer a call. He did what he felt was right and was not interested in trendy fads nor decisions based on popularity or expediency. His decisions and actions were based on the principle of a matter and firm conviction without apology or waiver. He often read and quoted his favorite scripture:

My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3: 1-7

Christian Vikari was a firm foundation, a cornerstone. He made a difference and will be sorely missed and remembered with tender fondness.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karma; daughters: Heidi Ann (Jack) Ehlen, Gina Marie (James) Moore, Kathryn Kay Vikari and son Jeffrey T. Vikari; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Ingrid (Gary) Morton.

Preceded in death by parents; daughter, Heather Lyn; son, Christian Arthur.

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday February 24, 2013 in the Erie PA LDS Ward Chapel.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Springville Spring Creek 12th Ward Chapel at 235 East 550 North, Springville, Utah where friends may call from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Burial will be at3:30 p.m. in the Annabella Utah Cemetery with military rites provided by the V. F. W. Sevier Post#5050 and the Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.

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Nathan Pinnock
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Dear Vikari's.
I am so grateful for your family's guidance and friendship over the years. President Vikari was a great example of how to serve The Lord. What a great man! He fought the good fight, and I am so happy to have served under him. He worked miracles in Germany!, and we got to be a part of that and be there as it happened. For this and your friendship, we will love your family forever.
All of our best,
The Nathan Pinnock family

Stephen Hunt
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
God speed Christian Vikari. As my Mission President, you taught me how to shine my shoes properly, starch my shirts, tidy the apartment; to look and more importantly to act the part of one of the Lord's representatives. You were a source of inspiration and you will be greatly missed. The earth may have lost one of its best for a season but heaven will be all the more organised for it!
Gospel love,
Stephen Hunt

Ralf Windhausen
   Posted Thu February 28, 2013
Dear Vikari family,
I would like to express my love and deep gratitude for President Vikari. How honored I am to be called one of the missionaries, who served under this spiritual giant. I bear witness of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. President Vikari, one of the most importent men in my life, will be in my heart for ever.
Thank you for all I learned from you.
Ralf Windhausen

Cheri Thompson Warren
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
Dear Sister Vikari and Family,
I was saddened to hear of the loss of President Vikari. I am grateful for his example and the love that was shown to all of missionaries shown in our mission. I am so grateful for the knowledge and peace that comes through the gospel. May Heavenly Father's love permeate your hearts and grant you the comfort and blessings you need and seek at this time. Thank you again for your service.
Cheri Thompson Warren
Germany Frankfurt Mission 1986-1987

Tondee Perry Clark
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
I would like to send my sympathies to the Vikari family. I served in the Germany Frankfurt Mission from November 1986 to March 1988 while he was mission president. I'm really thankful he taught us the gospel and encouraged us to keep our eye single to the glory. I appreciate how he prepared the missionaries for working at the Frankfurt Temple Open House and attending the dedication. May the Comforter be with you at this time.

Bonnie and Kent Stepan
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
Dear Sister Vakari and Family:
We are saddened by your loss. We remember with fondness and love our friendship in Renton, Washinton. Bishop Vakari has had a life long influence for good in our lives. We will always remember him as a loving and kind leader and teacher and a wonderful husband and father. His example of integrity has been a positive influence in our lives as well as many others. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. With fond memories and love, Bonnie and Kent Stepan

David Nelson
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
Sister Vikari and family,

I am saddened that the passing of President Vikari is what will bring us back into contact after more than 20 years. It is hard to believe that so much time has passed! Hopefully you will remember me as the tall missionary from the Athens, Greece district of the Austria Vienna East mission. Elder Moss and I had the distinct privilege to be schooled so well in missionary work by your husband and his devoted elders. It was a pleasure to be associated with him and your family during the mission. I have many precious memories that will always linger. Every year when we pull out the Christmas decorations my family is reminded of the incredible generosity of your family (remember that you sent on gifts for me to my family for Christmas?). You are amazing people! Your lives of service are clear evidence of the good the Lord can do when He is able to guide humble, faithful, and diligent souls. I feel a great love for you all, and the great gifts you have given me. I hope that the Spirit will comfort you during this time of loss and temporary separation. There is great peace in knowing that we will see this great man again, restored to his youthful vigor. God Bless, Elder David A. Nelson

Kent and Mary Carpenter
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
Karma and family,
What can we say but that anicon of Gospel Truth has passed into his next estate as a worthy giant.

We treasure our memories of each of you and thank you for your example and kindness to us.

Trials or tribulations, he is always an example of quiet endurance always making adversity his friend.

His contribution to scouting has many facets. One of the many memorable was the Idaho Encampment brining together scouts and scouters from Canada and the NW. It was a huge undertaking with time, personal expenses, knowledge and wisdom as his guide.

So to Chris, Karma and the entire family: As they say in Star Wars: "May the Force Be With You"

Our love, Kent and Mary Carpenter

Sterling & Carol Thomas
   Posted Fri March 01, 2013
Dear Karma,
We are so sad about the loss of Chris. He was such a good friend and example to us. We are so glad that we were able to visit you again and feel of your spirit. It was always so good to be in your home and feel the spirit there. Chris was such an awesome man and did so much good, but he was unassuming and humble. He was never boastful. Even though we have known you for years, we learned so much about him by reading his obituary. Know that we love you and pray for you daily.

Keith Rigtrup
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
Bishop Vikari is a man that has come into my thoughts every so often over these many years. Bishop Vikari was my first bishop after leaving the service and moving back home, he was my second bishop after being married in the Mesa Temple. My first bishop I remember almost nothing about including his name except he was the type of man that every one enjoyed being around he loved you and you would feel it. I moved home to Washington, and I expected that to be the same with my new bishop. I remember walking into my ward and he didn't seem to notice. the next week went much the same way and so did the next. At the third week I began so stiffen by back and silently chalange him to see who would break first. I don't remember how long it took, much too long, because it started to affect me in the worst way, then one day I couldn't stand it anymore. so I decided that I would confront him. I was a alesman and I knew where he worked so I used that to gain access to his office. I can picture it still and have seen it in my mind often. Me standing in the hall outside his door pretending to be looking out a window while saying a silent prayer. asking Father that somehow if He would bring my bishop out from where-ever he my be, that I would ask his forgiveness for the feeling that I had for him. I went in and was talking to his receptionist about office supplies but I could see Dr. Vikari working on one of his patients with his back too me. When suddenly he put his tools down excused himself and turn around and walked out the door towards me. A testimony was born that moment. He asked how he could help me, so I apologized, then he apologized to me. Then he told me I saw you that first day and assigned one of my counselors to go and meet you. then after that I assigned my Elders Quorum president to visit than assign me home teachers and than the Relief Society president to do the same. I learn a lot about the gospel and how it should work from Bishop Vikari He was only my bishop a short time after that but he made a diffidence in my life. he taught me about repentance

Marlene Helms Pruess
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
Sister Vikari,
What a blessing to be able to attend President Vikari's funeral today, to meet you again, and to see your family. It was wonderful to hear about your husband's life in Germany, as my father-in-law had very similar experiences. He was born in Hamburg, was sent to live in the country because of bombing, immigrated to Salt Lake in 1952, was also an avid scouter who got the silver beaver award, and died of cancer. It was great to hear that President Vikari was a beloved Opa, too. He was a great man who will be greatly missed. I appreciate that, as a young sister missionary, he always treated me with kindness. He gave me a blessing before I went home. I don't remember what was said, but I remember feeling his love and concern. Thank you for your sacrifices to serve as our mission parents. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Stephanie Wilkinson Freeman
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
I wish to give the Vikari family my love and condolences. President Vikari had a profound influence on my life as I served my mission in Frankfurt. He was a strong leader and had an excellent work ethic. My testimony and appreciation of the gospel grew as I served under his leadership. I am so grateful for eternal families and wish you the peace the Savior brings when we are parted from our loved ones. With love, Stephanie Freeman

Brent Hadley
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
Dearest Vikari Family,

I offer my most sincere condolences at your separation from President Vikari at this time. I will be forever grateful for all he taught me and the love your family has shown me. You truly exemplify the Savior and His gospel. I look forward to the day when we all meet with him again as we continue our efforts in this great work! Until then, God speed!

Bis auf's Wiedersehen,
Euer Elder Brent "Bitburg" Hadley

Stewart Larsen
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
Karma, Annette and I were very surprised to receive the news of Chris' passing. Many memories flowed back of the special times we had together in the Bellevue 4th ward. I remember the first welcome we had in your home and then the times together. The talents and spirit you shared with the ward and especially one on one with Annette and me were always special. You have a wonderful family as I knew them and now all grown up with families. Time passes so quickly. We are retired living in Logan, Utah. The best decision we ever made. In our move. We have 7 children and 27 grandchildren. Annette is very special to each one of them. She gave up teaching piano to many students and now teaches only to the grandchildren.

We are now in Aberdeen, South Dakota with our youngest son's first baby. We have a very special calling and gratifying(funnest I have ever had) serving as chairman Hosts in the Conference Center across from Temple Square in Salt Lake City. We also have callings in our Stake and Ward, Annette still plays the organ.

May you feel of our prayers in your behalf and please pass our love to your children. I have had interviews with your father, Elder Kay, a wonderful warm man in my assignments in the Mt. Logan Stake.

Annette sends her love as I do,,

Stewart & Annette

Neal and Jeanette Wanner
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
Dear Karma and family,
I am hoping you know what a positive and lasting influence Bishop Vikari is in our life, and most especially, Neal's life. We can never thank you enough for taking Neal into your home and hearts at a crucial time in his life. I know that Neal regarded Bishop Vikari as his special mentor and father figure with the highest regard and love.

We feel tender sorrow that Chris had to bear pain and suffering during his illness. Our prayers are with you, Karma, that you will feel our Savior's supporting grace and tender mercy during this time of separation.

With love, gratitude, and heart-felt sympathy,
Jeanette and Neal Wanner

Dee and Kay Jacobs
   Posted Thu March 07, 2013
Dear Karma, (and Gina and Valean)

We just learned of Chris' passing today and send our deepest condolences.

From our first MTC day in 1986 we have greatly enjoyed a special, rich friendship with you two. For us it was the closest we have had with any of those fine couples we served with and met with each October. Chris and I got a bonus meeting once a year too, the last in Switzerland after his operation and not long before we went home. We loved being in your mission home in Frankfurt.

We kept in touch from time to time and got a bonus when your outstanding son married Valean, a beautiful and talented returned missionary temporarily living in our Walnut Creek ward and you had the reception here.

Even though we have lived far apart that bond of love and friendship has always been there. We have followed your lives of great and dedicated service intermittantly through mutual friends.

I am so grateful for the long, frank conversation I had with Chris two months ago. His main concern was not death, but your care and well being Karma. I also appreciate the talk you and I had a month later, and my conversation with Gina as you went through the last of so many difficult months and years. You have been in our personal prayers every day since we reconnected and your names in the Oakland Temple.

We will be in Provo for ten days later this month until our departure for Denmark April 9. We would like to visit you, Karma. Gina, would you please send me an E mail with your phone number and we can see if that works for you.

Chris was a marvelous man, an extraordinary achiever in so many fields. His dedication to the Lord's service and the success of the Kingdom is amazing. We love you, Karma, and look forward to a hug. God bless you and yours.

Dee and Kay

Tobias Macholz - Germany/Bavaria
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
last night I´ve had a very intensive dream of my uncle Chris, whom I saw the last time in 1989, when he vistited us with his wife Karma, his children Gina, Kathy and (I think) Jeff here in Bavaria.

Because of the dream, i used google to look for informations about chris and found the very sad notice, that he has died in mrach.

I remember him as a man with a verry big heart full of love an I feel very sad, thad we´ve had no kontakt for such a long time!

My prayers an thoughts are with him, with my aunt Karma and all my cousins!

To everyone who reads this:

I have neither an adress, nore an email-adress from my Vikari - relatives.

So if anyone could give me the email from Jeff, Karma, Kathy or Gina, please write it in a mail to me ( t.macholz@t-online.de).

Sorry about my bad english writing-style, but I´ve never written in English since highscool-time in 1987.

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