A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Rembrandt with Rev. Mark R. Youngquist officiating. Burial will be at the Plainview Cemetery of Alta.
A visitation will be held 4-8 p.m., today, at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta.
Gary Christiansen was born on Dec. 9, 1949 to Julius (Johnny) and Maxine (Pruitt) Christiansen in Cherokee. He was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Alta. Gary attended school at Highview, Fairview and graduated from Alta High School in 1968. He was a member of the United States Army. On Aug. 4, 1973, he married Diane Stieghorst. To this union, two children were born, Daniel and Deborah. The couple lived in Storm Lake for ten years where he was employed at several locations before moving to the Buena Vista County Conservation Park near Peterson, Iowa, where he was employed as the director for the Buena Vista County Conservation Board for over 25 years.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Alta, Iowa, and was a church council member and officer.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Maxine Christiansen; and his brother, Jerry Christiansen.
Gary is survived by his wife, Diane Christiansen of Peterson; his son, Daniel Christiansen of Yankton, S.D.; his daughter, Deborah Passick and husband, Adam of Sioux Falls, S.D.; brother, Don Christiansen and wife, Kay; sister, Rhonda Brock and husband, Dave; sister, Shanda Bannister and husband, Dave; brother, Rick Christiansen; sister-in-laws: Donna Dose and husband, Dave, and Darlene Perry and husband, Blaine; and mother-in-law Esther Lamb.
The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of the arrangements.