Charles G. “Chuck” Christiansen of John Day, former longtime Hermiston, Oregon, resident, was born on March 13, 1932, in Alta, Iowa, to parents Carl William and Johana (Joan) Alberta Hobbs Christiansen. He died on November 14, 2017, in Prairie City, Oregon, at the age of 85 years.
Chuck was raised and attended school in Alta, Iowa, where he participated in football and basketball. He moved to Reno, Nevada, in 1950 and later enlisted in the United States Navy. Chuck was stationed in Kingsville, Texas, and trained to be a fireman.
While stationed in Texas he met Betty L. Smith and they were united in marriage on October 17, 1953, in Kingsville, Texas. Chuck was honorably discharged and returned to Reno, Nevada, where they lived until 1970, moving to Irrigon, Oregon, and working as a fireman at the Umatilla Army Depot until 1979. He worked at Sherrell Chevrolet in Hermiston on his days off for several years before moving to Hermiston in 1975 and making a full-time change to work at Sherrell’s in 1979. He worked at Sherrell’s for 20 years and then for Myrick Chrysler/Dodge until he retired in 1994. Chuck and Betty moved to John Day, Oregon, in 1997 where they have lived since.
He was a former member of the Lions Club and a member of the Elks Lodge, and for many years he was part of the early morning coffee crew in John Day.
Chuck’s greatest joy was his family. His family came first and he was always there with guidance, advice, wisdom, support and love. Chuck enjoyed attending all of the sporting events and activities that his children and grandchildren participated in over the years, and playing pinochle. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty Christiansen, John Day, Ore.; son David Christiansen (Kari), Hermiston, Ore.; daughters Joni Bebb, John Day, Ore., and Debbie Christiansen, Hermiston, Ore.; six grandchildren: Tyler, Carter, Brady, Sheri, Brian and Amy; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Daniel Christiansen, Redmond, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life service will be announced and held at a later date.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.