Christopher Allen Machlan
June 16, 1998 - May 13, 2020

Christopher Allen Machlan

Christopher Allen Machlan
Jun 16, 1998 - May 13, 2020

Christopher Allen Machlan
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Christopher Allen Machlan, age 21, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. Born June 16, 1998 in Columbia City, Indiana, he was the son of Philip and Heather(Lemley) Machlan.

Chris grew up at Tri-Lakes. He graduated Columbia City High School with the Class of 2016. Chris worked for Forrest River Trailer Factory after high school. He loved playing poker with his family, listening to music, being outdoors trapping, camping and fishing. Chris was outgoing and had a positive attitude with an ornery side and he found joy on picking on his older brother.

He is survived by his mother, Heather Machlan; brother, Michael (Amanda) Machlan; grandmother, Michele Lemley; and aunts and uncles, Tami Machlan, Kenny Lemley, George Lemley and Gary (Brittney Chaney) Lemley. He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Kay Machlan in 2007; grandparents, Miles and Donna Machlan, and Ken Lemley, Jr.; and uncle, Nick Lemley.

Although Chris deserved so much more, due to the social distancing requirements in place, extended family and friends may pay their final respects to him and his family by a drive through viewing under the portico at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 11 until 1 p.m. All people paying their respects are asked to remain in their cars at all times while in line in the funeral home parking lot. Please visit to sign his "Tributes" page in place of signing a guest book or to leave his family online condolences and view his funeral service after it has taken place.

A private funeral for his immediate family will be held and he will be laid to rest at St. Matthew's Cemetery beside his father. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toward his final expenses, in care of DeMoney-Grimes.

Please select the link below to view Chris's funeral service. Thank you.

Judy Mullett on May 19, 2020

Sorry to hear about your loss of your son. I just always remember you going to his rescue when you was working and couldn’t leave. That was a few years ago! I know you loved him a lot.
God bless you all and prayers be with you all. Judy Mullett

Kevin Walters on May 18, 2020

I'm so sad that you're gone Christopher. I will miss you. I watched your dad love you, care for you, play with you. I know how much he loved you because he showed it in everything he did. I feel some comfort knowing you are with him. Together again. RIP buddy.

Lorri Phonsavanh on May 18, 2020

Heather, I just heard about Chris. I am so sorry! I subbed at Eagle Tech a few times when Chris was still in school. He had a very ornery grin. I am praying for you. I know from experience how you feel and could not be more sad.

Sharon Brockhaus on May 18, 2020

CandleWe, The Compassionate Friends, want you to know that you are not alone in your grief and loneliness. As parents who have also lost our child we understand your pain. The loss of a child is like no other loss. We are here to support and walk this journey with you.
The Compassionate Friends, Columbia City, IN Chapter

Sharon Brockhaus on May 18, 2020

CandlePrayers for your family with the passing of your son, brother, and grandson Chris.

Crystal on May 17, 2020

He was a really heart warming kinda person who deserves much more then just a memory. Gonna miss him alot... Praying for his family...

Brenda Carter on May 17, 2020

Heather and Michelle
So, so sorry to hear Christopher passed away. Am thinking of and praying for you and your entire family. God Bless you all. I love you.

Carol Perry on May 17, 2020

Gary, George and family, please know I'm sorry for your loss. Having met Chris, he was a nice young man. Stay strong and be safe. Carol Perry

Heather on May 16, 2020

My sweet boys

Connie and Rick Frost on May 16, 2020

CandleHeather and Michael,we are so sorry for your loss of Christopher. Cannot imagine your pain but our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Christopher sure looks like Phil alot. They are back together and watching over you all. RIP Christopher

David McCoy on May 16, 2020

Condolences to Micheal and George, sorry to hear of your loss.


May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories of
Christopher Allen Machlan, CCHS Alumni Class of 2016.
The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers
to Christopher's family.
per TLG

Lisa Potter on May 15, 2020

Sharon Persons on May 15, 2020

Heather and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you both
Sharon Persons

Chrystal Miller on May 15, 2020

We are sorry for your loss and send so many prayers your way.

Abby on May 15, 2020

Heather, i am so sorry for your loss
Hugs and Prayers đź’—

Julie Walters on May 15, 2020


Rachel Pride on May 15, 2020

Gary and ENTIRE family. I am so sorry I can’t find the words to express my deepest sympathy. I remember going to hang out and watch the fights with all the guys at Gary and Kenny’s and it was a weekend the boys were there (they were younger then). They would get so excited and put on a show! They’d ask me a million questions! He was a funny boy. I’ll be praying that God will wrap His arms around you, that you will feel His presence in the difficult days to come.

Sharon Gibson on May 15, 2020

Heather and Michael ,it is so hard to lose a son I have lost 2. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sharon and Logan

Barb Hofmann on May 15, 2020

It always tickled me to see how much he was like his dad at a young age. I wish I could’ve known you more as you were an adult.

Susie scott on May 15, 2020

So hard to watch but im so glad you have such good memories with Chris may he rest in peace and helping you heal knowing he is with his dad and grandpa and grandma and out of the pain love you Heather and michael and Chris will always be in my memory as a sweet loving kid

Chuck on May 15, 2020

Chris looked a lot like his father. May you R.I.P. love & thoughts sent.

DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on May 15, 2020


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