Raymond Duane Christianson, 88, of rural Mondovi, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Sacred Heart Hospital, with his family at his side.
He was born on July 5, 1928, to the late Clarence and Anna (Iverson) Christianson, on the home farm in Trempealeau County. He attended Plainview School.
On Aug. 31, 1957, Ray was united in marriage to Marjorie Bruvold, at Trinity of Norden Lutheran Church. To this union, two sons were born, Rick and Barry.
Ray was born, raised and worked his entire life on the family farm, in which he took great pride. In addition to farming, he dug graves in numerous local cemeteries for over 40 years.
In Ray’s early years, he worked as a carpenter with Joe Everson and Hjalmer Olson, in addition to farming.
Ray was a faithful member of Trinity of Norden Lutheran Church, serving on the church council, where he served as president, was a member of the church choir, and for over 40 years served as the church cemetery sexton.
In his later years, Ray liked to watch Milwaukee Brewers games on TV.
Ray will be sadly missed by his wife of 59 years, Marjorie; his sons, Rick and his wife Sue, and Barry and his wife Melissa; grandchildren, Ryan Christianson and Brent (fiancée, Briana) Christianson, Kelsey (Brad) Barneson, CJ (Ciara) Christianson and Drew Christianson; great-grandchildren, Sutton and Everly Barneson and Bentley, Kaiser and Keelin Christianson; brother-in-law, Howard Whipps; Aunt Leona Christianson; several cousins and friends.
Besides his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his cousin, who was more like a brother, Ernest Iverson; brothers-in-law, Alvin Bruvold, Elmer (Margaret) Bruvold; sisters-in-law Agnes (Clayton) Kent, Delores (Arlie) Bloss and Ruth Whipps.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Trinity of Norden Lutheran Church, with Pastor Lisa Watson-Hill officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
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