John Kenneth “Ken” Christian, 77, of Elizabethtown, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2023.

Ken was born April 23, 1946, in Temple, Texas. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1969, with an engineering degree. Ken proudly served as a two-time combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict and then went on to serve several assignments in Germany and the United States. Ken retired from the Army as an armor and aviation officer after 20 years of service.

After his military career, Ken earned his Master’s in Education from the University of Louisville in 1991. He then taught high school math and science at several high schools for 13 years. Ken also enjoyed coaching both boys and girls high school soccer for several years. Later, Ken proudly worked building houses for with Habitat for Humanity. Ken also was a member of Severns Valley Baptist Church, where he enjoyed playing the trumpet in the orchestra and praise band for more than 20 years.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, John James “Jack” Christian, MD, and Elizabeth “Libby” Quinn Christian; and a brother, John James “Chip” Christian Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Carol Ann (Carroll) Christian; a brother, Bruce Christian (Milissa) of Temple, Texas; a son, David Christian of Lansdale, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Katherine Niebuhr (Grant) of Elizabethtown; and a son, Matthew Christian (Marnisa) of Louisville; and four grandchildren, Libby Christian, Mark Christian, Tate Niebuhr and Quinn Niebuhr.

The funeral is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Sevens Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown with Pastor Emory Riley officiating. A graveside ceremony with military honors follows at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and continues from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at 6100 Dutchman’s Lane, Suite 401, Louisville KY 40205 or

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