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Harley W. Christofferson

April 9, 1919 - September 8, 2013

OGDEN, UT – Harley W. Christofferson died September 8, 2013.  “Chris” was born April 9, 1919 in Pepin, Wisconsin to William Carl Christofferson and Minnie Frank.

Harley was the oldest of seven children and graduated from Pepin High School in 1937.  After graduating he worked as a lumberjack for about a year, and at various other jobs around the western Wisconsin area.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor both Harley and his younger brother Don enlisted in the armed forces, Don in the Navy and Harley in the Army.  After a twenty- year career Harley retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1962.

In the early 1950’s  he was stationed at Utah Army Depot.  It was during his tenure in Ogden that he met his future wife Erma Seppi.  They were married October 6, 1952 .  They had one son William (Bill / Chris’).

He began his civilian career at Utah Army Depot immediately after his retirement from the Army in 1962.  His Army service accomplishments, sound judgment, and management skills were soon recognized and rewarded with evermore-responsible management positions.  His Quartermaster experience became most prominent as he became the guiding force behind building the most modern mechanized logistics depot in the country.  His vision even stretched the technology of industry to supply the components of what he saw as the peak efficiency, top-performing supply operation anywhere in DoD.

He won the respect and admiration of almost all that knew him especially his fellow top managers.  He was unwavering in his integrity and his work ethic: demanding but respectful of those he led; and a mentor to anyone who was genuinely interested in achieving.  The depot family was truly part of his personal family.  He retired from Defense Depot Ogden, Utah in 1984 as the Director, Office of Planning and Resource Management.  His many friends and depot colleagues heartily applauded as he received the Defense Logistics Agency’s highest civilian award, the Exceptional Service Award at his retirement ceremony.

He dearly loved golf and the many great friends he made while playing the game.  He served on the Board Of Directors of the Ben Lomond Golf Course where he was admired as a true competitor and sportsman.

Chris and Erma spent many wonderful years together planning their future and watching their dreams become reality including their beautiful home and yard.  They were an exemplary couple.  He was always the perfect gentleman and she was always the refined lady.

After Erma passed away in 1992 he met a dear friend, Ramona Whipple and shared much of his time with her and her family.  They had many joyous occasions together, holidays, birthdays, and simple lunches with good friends.  They both had someone to rely on and share their “senior moments” with.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don (Henderson, NV), and sisters Merrium, Dorothy, Marci, and Merle all of Wisconsin.

He is survived by his son William (Patricia) of Oakland, CA; his sister Carol Hurlbert of Winona, Minnesota,; his brother-in-law Fred Seppi of Ogden; and his best friend Ramona Whipple, also of Ogden.

Funeral Services will be under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary and are scheduled for Monday, 11:00 A.M. at the mortuary, 836 36th St..  An honor guard ceremony will be included.    Interment at Leavitt’s Mausoleum.   Online condolences may be made at


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Born: April 9, 1919
Died: September 8, 2013

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Allan and Sherry Harris posted on 9/14/13

We are very sorry for Chris' passing. We knew him from Defense Depot Ogden days. He was always very kind and was very knowledgeable on the job and off. We shared mutual friends and always enjoyed social activities together. It was good knowing him and he will be missed. Allan and Sherry Harris


The Carlson's posted on 9/13/13

Chris treated his close friends like family and he always made sure Alan, Mallory and I feel like part of his family. We enjoyed our many get-togethers over the years. Chris always loved being around people and enjoyed the art of conversation/debate. Chris was never afraid to give anyone his opinion on almost any topic. We loved hearing his stories about the Army and his time serving in France sharing a school with the French school children. No one had a better, friendlier smile than Chris and he would share it with everyone. He was a dear man and we miss him already.