Christianson, Donald W. 'Chris' (August 24, 1922 - January, 1998)

Donald 'Chris' Christianson

Douglas Budget - January 21, 1998

Funeral services for Donald W. "Chris" Christianson, 75, were Jan. 19 at Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas with the Rev. Bill Moore of First United Methodist Church officiating.

Inurement sic interment was at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette.

Gillette Americal Legion Post No.42 conducted military graveside rites.

Mr. Christinson was born Aug. 24, 1922, to Charles K. and Jenny (Pearson)Christianson at the family homestead 20 miles northwest of Gillette. He was reared and educated in the Gillette area and joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1938, working throughout northern Wyoming.

In 1941 he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to the Naval Training Station in Farragut, Idaho, and later to his home port in San Francisco, Calif., where he would become the Carpenter's Mate on the USS Cahaba until 1946 when he was honorably discharged.

On Dec. 30, 1948, he married Alice I. Lorah in Greely, Colo. He and his wife lived throughout Wyoming while he worked for Charles M. Smith Construction Company in Thermopolis. He resided in Casper for 30 years and recently moved to Douglas.

He was a member of several organizations, including the Association of General Contractors, Eagles of Gillette, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masons of Thermopolis and Veteran Motor Car Club of America. Mr. Christianson's passion was restoring antique automobiles, especially his 1923 Model T and his 1929 Model A.

If he couldn't be found in the garage tinkering with the old cars, he was driving across the state for that rare and special part he was missing. He loved driving the cars in local parades and won best of show for many years. The feeling of nostalgia brought to the many who saw him go by was fun and enjoyable for him.

Carpentry fell second to none however and even though he retired in 1978, his excellent carpentry and attention to detail kept the requests coming in by family, friends and acquaintances. He also had a great passion for gardening and taking care of the many flowers in his yard. He will be remembered for his quick wit and unique sense of humor as he described family stories and life out west.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Douglas; children Dale and Jan Christianson of Casper and Cindy and Mike Grinstead of Douglas; stepsons Alva Hoblit and Robert Hoblit; and grandchildren Darcy, Josh and Chris.

He was preceded in death by parents Charles and Jenny Christianson, two sisters, five brothers, and a grandson, Stacey.

Memorials to Converse County Hospice Program in care of Converse Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box X, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

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