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Harry A. Christiansen, age 77, of Stanton, passed away late Wednesday evening, July 31, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loving family. The son of George & Marian (Fosmoen) Christiansen, he was born at home in Douglass Township on April 22, 1936 and was a farmer — having farmed the land along the same road where he was born his entire life.

On February 22, 1958, he married Beverly Wisner of the Carson City/Crystal area, following which he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. In addition to farming, Harry worked at the factories of Mitchell Bentley and Lobdell Emery, retiring after 45 years of service.

Harry was a loving and giving man who accepted everyone. He had a soft nature and a wonderful sense of humor. The family saying is “We want to grow up to be just like Harry!” He is very much loved by his family and will be deeply missed by many. He enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers and his great grandchildren grow. He planted a garden each year and loved to give away the produce he grew. He often played cards with his family and enjoyed woodworking, bluegill fishing, and camping.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cheryl Christiansen; a brother, Victor Christiansen, brother-in-law, Earl “Bub” Wiser; sisters-in-law Elizabeth (Wiser) Peacock, Lois Christiansen, and Doris Christiansen; and his parents-in-law, Earl Wiser, and Elizabeth & Louis Fletcher.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Beverly Christiansen; their children, Diana Christiansen-Burgtorf & Charlie Burgtorf of Perrinton, Phillip Christiansen of Stanton, and Karen Christiansen of Windsor, South Carolina; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Marilyn & Leland Oswald of Elwell, and Sharon & Harold Swindell of Greenville; two brothers, George “Bud” Christiansen of California, and David & Lois Christiansen of Nevada; and a siblings-in-law, Carol (Wiser) & Michael Barnes, and Roberta Wiser; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place and private graveside services will be held at South Sidney Cemetery at a later date.

For those desiring to do so, contributions in Harry’s memory may be made to either Faith Lutheran Church, 3990 W. Sidney Rd., Sidney, 48885 or Spectrum Health Hospice, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, 49502.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Harry’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on July 31, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: Richard Fosmoen
    I am so sorry to read about Harry’s passing. I have many fond memories of my visits to aunt Marion, uncle George and my cousins. Marion raised my dad from the age of two. I shall never forget the aroma of pancakes cooking on a wood stove and Gearge yelling “time to get up” at 6:00 am. Harry was quiet but determined. I will miss him.

    Posted by: Regina Trann
    Hi Mom,Diana, Phil, Karen and families,

    May I just say Hi!

    I am thinking of you all and especially the quiet memories of Dad. Thank you for all the open doors your home gave me through my crazy teen years. I only have extremely fond memories of your home and table and potato fields. AAHHH what work that was… The many sliding parties, sleep overs and camp fires May God Bless you all,
    and hugs from me and my hubby Dan, Love bunches,
    Regina Trann (Andersen)

    Posted by: June Wickes Hammond
    I want to give my condolences to the family. The Wickes family always so appreciated our dear neighbors the Christiansens. Always willing to help and give you whatever you needed. I enjoyed babysitting for the kids when I was in high school and always appreciated Bev and Harry’s love for our family. May God give you HIs peace through this hard time.

    Posted by: Deno Sorrels
    We give thanks for the life of Harry Christiansen. May God grant comfort and peace for all of his loved ones.

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end. they are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22 +

    Posted by: Rosemary Lance
    Dear Beverly I am so sorry for your loss. I know that it hurts and I pray for God’s comfort for you and your family. I remember how happy you and Larry were to see each other at lunch a couple of summers ago. Larry treasured his childhood friends; so glad we got together.R

    Posted by: Geraldine Christensen
    In memory of Harry Christiansen: my dictionary says a neighborhood usually has distinguishing characteristics. Well our section of Hillis Road did have distinguishing characteristics. We found in each neighbor, true friendship, understanding, compassion, and ever-ready helpfulness. Harry and Bev Christiansen were all of that and more to each one in our family. They encouraged us, uplifted us, helped us, and believed in us always. I thank God for Harry being our neighbor for 33 years.

    Posted by: Philip & Sharon Fahling
    bev, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. we always liked harry he was easy to talk with and cared about who he was talking to.
    love phil and sharon

    Posted by: Jeanette Christensen/Emmons
    Everyone…I am so sad about Harry’s departure from Hillis Road! A ‘gentle giant’ he has always been. Please know I am praying for each of you and sending hugs.

    Posted by: Red & Esther Petersen

    Both Harry & Bev have been such wonderful neighbors to Mom & Dad Petersen, our families really appreciate it. Harry will be missed!


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