In loving memory of

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

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 wrote 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 wrote 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 wrote 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 wrote on May 18, 2020:

"We, 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 wrote on May 18, 2020:

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

Crystal wrote 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 wrote 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 wrote 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"

Connie and Rick Frost wrote on May 16, 2020:

"Heather 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 wrote on May 16, 2020:

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

CCHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION wrote on May 16, 2020:

"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 "

Sharon Persons wrote on May 15, 2020:

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

Chrystal Miller wrote on May 15, 2020:

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

Abby wrote on May 15, 2020:

"Heather, i am so sorry for your loss Hugs and Prayers ?"

Rachel Pride wrote 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 wrote 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 Gibson"

Barb Hofmann wrote 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 wrote 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 wrote on May 15, 2020:

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

S. Kohut wrote on May 15, 2020:

"Blessings to all of Chris's family left behind. He is now your angel watching over you. S. Kohut CCHS school nurse '"

Terri Zumbrun wrote on May 15, 2020:

"Michelle and Heather so sorry for your loss cherish all the wonderful memories that you shared with Chris and family"

Micheal Rowe wrote on May 14, 2020:

"To Chris?s family I?m sorry for your loss. Chris was a great person and will be missed. He was always laughing and having fun when he came to my house with my Nephew Zane. I will keep you all in my prayers! Michael Rowe"

Crystal Rowe wrote on May 14, 2020:

"I am deeply saddened for the loss of Chris. He was truly an amazing person. For me Chris will always be remembered laughing and joking. I pray for healing, comfort and strength for Chris?s family and close friends during this time. With deepest sympathy, Crystal Rowe "

Virgil Rowe Jr. wrote on May 14, 2020:

"To Chris's family I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was a great guy.He hung out with my nephew Zane. He was always telling a joke and laughing with that big smile on his face. My father told him old stories about his grandpa Kenny and his great-grandfather Kenny senior when they used to work together in Michigan. Chris loved hearing them stories. Chris you will be missed and I promise you you will not be forgotten. With my biggest sympathies to the family sincerely Virgil Rowe jr."