Bruce Christly

Obituary of Bruce Christly

Bruce A. Christly, age 67, of Horseheads, NY, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Schuyler Hospital, Montour Falls.

Bruce was born on May 27, 1950 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late George N. and the late Joyce E. (Herrick) Christly. He enlisted in the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970. He took great pride in serving his country and received 9 medals including the Bronze Star W/V (Valor). He worked for the City of Corning as a mechanic for 15 years and also worked as a part-time firefighter for the City of Corning.

Bruce was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. He will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman – enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He was active in his sons' lives – helping with the church youth group, little league, and as a den leader for cub scouts and boy scouts.

He is survived by three sons: John (Carolyn) Christly of Cooper City, FL, Matthew (Kathryn) Christly of Hanover, MD and Brian (Laura) Christly of Addison, NY; grandchildren: Taylor, Zachariah, Olivia, Michael, Camden and Carter; sister, Sandra (Richard) West of Elizabethtown, KY; and several nephews, great nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY. A funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 3:00 pm. Burial will take place in the family plot in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira, NY on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce's name may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund by visiting: or by mailing donations to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund,1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910, Arlington VA 22202.