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Dr. Chris, a resident of Baton Rouge, LA and a native of Battle Creek, MI. He passed away on Nov. 7, 2012 at the age of 84. He was the beloved husband of Lois R. Christiansen for 58 years. Father of Thomas R Christiansen and wife Robyn of Apple Valley, CA; Karen J Carlino and husband Randy of Baton Rouge, LA; Judy K Storfjell and husband Thor of Portland, OR. Grandchildren Jennifer M. Thomas and Michael A Simmons, both of Baton Rouge, LA; Logan Christiansen of Apple Valley, CA; Ole-Kristian A Storfjell and Soren K Storfjell of Portland, OR. He was preceded in death by a son, David A Christiansen, and a grandson, Johan P Storfjell.

Dr. Chris graduated medical school in 1958 from Loma Linda University in CA. He specialized in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery for many years. He practiced in Dayton, OH; Las Vegas, NV; St. Joseph, MI and Baton Rouge, LA.

A wonderful husband, incredible father and brilliant surgeon, Dr. Chris had an amazing love for aviation. He was proud of the fact he obtained his first pilot's license at the age of 14. He was able to fly a plane before he was old enough to drive a car. He continued his love of flying and owned planes until he finally retired his wings at the age of 82. He was known to virtually turn any conversation over to planes, aviation or flying.

Our family is left to mourn the sweetest, most thoughtful, smartest man we've ever known and we can still hear his voice as he would always say "why can't people just be nice." A family friend, upon hearing of our sudden loss wrote, "I don't know what to say except he was a perfect example of not having lived a wasted life. He apparently makes every minute count when you look at what he accomplished with his fine mind. As a jet pilot in the Air Force, becoming a Cardiac Surgeon. More people of his caliber are needed in this world and he is a perfect example of the 'Greatest Generation.' Let's see, your father weathered the Great Depression, WWII and the Korean Conflict and the tension holding many lives in his hands on the operating table. You don't see this kind of man much anymore. He represents a hole in the dike that can't be plugged. God bless you and God bless your father, a life well lived."

There will be a private family memorial service to be held a later date. Please visit www.sealefuneral.com to leave memories for the family.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Nov. 16, 2012
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