Floyd Richard Christiansen
Richard was born at the home of his paternal grandparents on March 30, 1923 in Ontario, Oregon. His parents were Nell Carmen (Burdick) and Floyd Magnus Christiansen. He started off grade school in Ontario OR, entered high school in Glenn's Ferry, Idaho and graduated from Payette Idaho High School in 1941. In Payette he was introduced into retail merchandising while working at J.C. Penney's after school. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah until 1943 when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, graduated from Bombardier training as a second Lieutenant and served in the Marianas Islands flying missions over Japan, Linian, Saipan, and Guam. He was a Captain at the time of his honorable discharge.
In 1946 he returned to Brigham Young University. On January 30, 1948 he married his lifetime love, Myrna Faye Phippen and began a career in retail management with Idaho Dept Stores in Ontario, OR with transfers to Logan, Utah and Pocatello, Idaho. When these stores sold he joined Quesenberry's working in Vale and Ontario, OR and Mountain Home Idaho. When these stores were purchased by Troutman's Emporium he worked in the Boise and Ontario stores until he retired 1988 to the Silver Crest Retirement Community in Nampa.
He enjoyed oil painting, playing his piano, gardening and travel. Richard and Myrna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Caribbean Cruise. They were married 66 years. They enjoyed trips to Alaska, Mexico, and Hawaii. They especially enjoyed the yearly September trips to the Oregon Coast until his health wouldn't allow them.
Floyd Richard's son Hal Richard Christiansen, preceded him in death. He leaves behind his wife, Myrna; children, Jay Christiansen and wife Becky from the Anacortes Washington, (Dee) Layne Pender of Snohomish, WA, and KaeLynn and husband Elden Eurto of Culver, OR; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
He had requested that no services be held. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 10, 2014