Richard Christianson, 76, of Crosby, passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at the St. Luke's Sunrise Care Center in Crosby.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Faith Lutheran Church in Fortuna. Burial will follow at the Fortuna Cemetery. Visitation will be held today, Sept. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Stakston-Martin Funeral Home in Crosby, and Friday, one hour before the service, at the church.
Richard Wayne Christianson was born to Axil and Frances (Sweitzer) Christianson on Nov. 3, 1936, in Ambrose. He lived his childhood on his parents' homestead north of Fortuna, and was a member of the Army Reserve. Dick worked for area farmers as a farmhand and then farmed with his brothers, Albert and Lester, before venturing out on his own to purchase his own farmstead.
On Oct. 29, 1964, Richard married Marlys Haugenoe from Crosby. Together they raised two children on the family farm. Dick's greatest joys in life were his family and farming. Farming was a way of life for Dick; it was his career and his hobby.
Dick was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Fortuna. He served on the church council, the DeWitt Township Board and was a member of the Crosby Moose Lodge, where he served as governor for a term. Dick was a Divide County Commissioner for 23 years, was on the library board, Upper Missouri District Health Unit board and chairman of the fire district.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Axil and Frances; sisters, Marie Christianson, Laura Paulson, Violet Ginter; brothers, Curtis Christianson and Albert Christianson; and brothers-in-law, Patrick Galvin, Jim Paulson and Victor Ginter.
Richard is survived by: his wife of 48 years, Marlys Christianson, of Williston; two children, Wayne (Gail) Christianson and DeeAnn (Scott) Grundstad; and four grandchildren, Garrett Grundstad, Seth Grundstad, Megan Christianson and Cody Christianson. He is also survived by his brother, Lester Christianson; sisters, Carol Galvin and Shirley (Alan) Wahl; and numerous nieces and nephews
Stakston-Martin Funeral Home of Crosby is in charge of arrangements.