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Minot, ND  58701

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Lyle Christianson

Lyle Edward Christianson, 84, Minot and formerly of Noonan and Kenaston, died on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in his home.

Lyle was born on September 9, 1927, in Kenmare, ND to Roy and Pearl (Harris) Christianson.  He was raised and educated in Kenmare and Wheelock, ND where he graduated from high school.

Lyle worked as a telegraph operator for the Great Northern Railroad until enlisting in the US Army on December 6, 1945.  He served until his honorable discharge on November 13, 1946.  Lyle returned to ND and his job on the railroad and lived in Noonan for 20 years until he moved to Minot in 1977.  He retired as a depot agent in 1989.

Lyle was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Noonan, ND, serving as a youth minister and teacher of a high school bible class and Sunday school.  He also served on the Noonan Park Board, School Board and Recreation Commission.  Lyle was a member of the Railroad Telegraphers and Noonan American Legion Post.  He served as a trainer for the Minot Americans hockey team and also found time to coach youth baseball, softball and basketball for many years.  Following his retirement and move to Minot he was honored to have the Noonan baseball field renamed in his honor. 

Lyle enjoyed reading and golf as well as UND Sioux and Minnesota Wild hockey games and Minnesota Twins baseball games.  Also, he enjoyed caring for his yard and flowers and strongly believed in the value of hard work.    He will be especially missed for all of his qualities that made him a devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

His loving family includes children, Deb (Ron) Vanbeselaere, Melita, Manitoba, Canada, Mark (Jody) Christianson, Billings, MT, Rod (Peni) Christianson, Bismarck, Tim (Monica) Christianson, Glendive, MT and Wendy (Keith) Altendorf, Minot; twelve grandchildren, David (Tammy) Fredrickson of Noonan, Tammy (Curt) Mathsen of Wausau WI, Chantel (Chris) Dupre of Forsythe MT, Abbie (Erick) Jennings of Rapid City SD, Hollie (Jeb) Hoffman Rapid City SD, Heidi (Ethan) Grover of Rapid City SD, Amy (Dallas) Roppel of Glendive MT, Katie (Shane) Macioroski of Glendive MT, Craig Christianson (Kelicia Samuelson) of Grand Forks, Kelsey (Tyler) Olsen of Cando, Kristin Altendorf of Minot and Kylee Altendorf of Minot and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren;  siblings: LaVerne Miller, Anchorage, Alaska, Marilyn (Ervin) Rostad, Minot, DeNae (Ron) Thompson, Lake Metigoshe, Valorayne Frantsvog, Fargo, Gary Christianson, Diamond Bar, CA and Kathie (Joe) Bauer, Lolo, MT and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gordon Christianson, sister-in-law, Lois Christianson and nephews, Trevor Thompson and Jeff Rostad.

Celebration of Lyle’s Life:  Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in  Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Graveside Service:  Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Lakeview Cemetery – rural Kenmare.
Visitation:  Monday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials:  Memorials are preferred to the Minot Public Schools Foundation, or Camp Metigoshe Ministries.

 


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MessageOur condolences from the Roger and Marion Harris family. Dad loved to golf with Lyle...now they can golf together again. Mom is living in Grand Forks in a Basic Care facility and was saddened to hear of the loss of another friend/family.
She misses Kenmare very much. Will be praying for your family.
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MessageSo sorry to lose a good friend. He was always there to help the little PeeWees, and give them a start in basketball. Then he was at church helping the kids in Bible and making scrambled eggs! Then when I worked at Baukol Noonan, he was there every day with the report on rail cars. Noonan was very very fortunate to have him there taking a part in everything and is missed. Blessed be his memory. Sorry, it is unable that I attend the funeral but you all will be in my thoughts.
Maxine
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MessageI'm sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. So many memories of Lyle teaching us little shaven head kids how to play baseball, basketball, and football. It was great to visit with him and the rest of the family at his 80th birthday party and at dad's funeral. He had a way of making everyone feel special, what a way to live. Thank you for sharing your dad with so many people. Jim
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MessageThoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
RIP
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MessageYou all have my sympathy in the loss of your Dad. He truly was an asset to the Noonan community & will always be remembered. I see the sign "Christianson Field" every time I go to Noonan. Cherish all your good times & he will live on in your hearts forever. May God bless you at this very difficult time. Marilee Braathen Nelson
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MessageMy sympathies to all the family in your loss of a good man. Like most kids who went to Noonan I grew up learning how to play team sports in Pee Wee basketball from Lyle, who dedicated so much of his time for others. In high school Lyle took the seniors on the basketball team to Minot for a MSC basketball game. Lyle gave a lot of kids and parents many great memories and for us kids lifelong skills, thanks Lyle.
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MessageWendy and family: my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your father was such a good softball coach and teacher to us in high school and Minot. Take care. Cindy Holm
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MessageA truly wonderful lifelong friend, well at least since Sept 24,1949, my first day at work as a telegraph operator for the GN Ry Co in Wheelock ND. Just off train from Mpls and badly in need of help. If it was'nt for Lyle I may not still be in ND today. We were young, single and full of life, I quickly learned of Lyle,s deducation to anything he was doing, coaching basketball already then, or working, there was little middle groung for Lyle, He really stood for something, as those lucky enough to be around him soon learned . His many years of working, teaching, helping others, are well remembered in the hearts and minds of so many many gratefull people.
After a long absense I next found Lyle when junior hockey came to Minot, I had played in college and drove in for every game, I quickly found Lyle and a whole group of dedicated fams, Jim, Bill, Lois, ,Heather, myself and many more. Again when most of us were just very vocal fans Lyle went another mile, putting in endless hours in the equipment room,sewing up socks, pants, jerseys etc., He even helped some young planyers by advising them in the art of self defense...Yes Lyle was a true friend to many of us and will be fondly remember by all. If I could steal a line from an old Irish folk song and change a word. What's done is done, whats won is won, what's lost is gone forever, we can now only pray for a bright new day for this man we loved so well. God Bless you Lyle
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MessageDear Christianson family, I am so sorry in the loss of Lyle. I have so many wonderful memories growing up in Noonan and how close the Barden's and Christianson's were. I can rememember asking my grandma (Elsie) if we were all related!. May you all cherish your memories of Lyle. He was a good man and will be deeply missed.
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Message I remember Lyle when you all lived in Surrey, at that time there were two kiddos Debbie and Mark. You were good neighbors. And remember Debbie being a very sweet little blond girl, that we all thought was so sweet, so sorry for your loss. Naomi Sandbak

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