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Dayton Chili’s, George Christofield, passes away at 91

by Tom Ranson

Longtime Christofield’s Family Restaurant owner and Dayton icon, George Christofield, passed away at 4:44 am on Thursday December 26, 2014 at the age of 91.

From the time his Greek immigrant parents Pete and Christina Kontos Christofield opened Dayton Chili in 1939, George was involved in daily operations of the family restaurant before taking over full time in 1985.  Dayton Chili was rebranded as Christofield’s Family Restaurant in 2009 and remained under George’s ownership for all of it’s 75 years until closing in February of 2014.  George was rightfully proud of his service with the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War.  He saw heavy combat in successful operations in the Solomon Islands, Luzon and Okinawa and was honored as Grand Marshall of the Bellevue – Dayton Memorial Day Parade.  George also worked for the Ford Motor Company in Sharonville, OH  for 35 years before retiring in 1985.

George is survived by his wife of thirty years, Dottie Christofield and four children; Pete Christofield, Helen Christofield, Karen Williamson, Beth Bowman, and three step-children Jeff Parker, Kim Fromeyer and Jim Parker and numerous grandchildren.

Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home in Bellevue is in charge of arrangements.  Visitation will be Monday, December 29 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and services at 10:00 am Tuesday, December 30 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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