Edward Kristian Christiansen passed away on Sept. 25, 2012, in Fairbanks, at age 84.|
Ed was born on Feb. 29, 1928, in Seattle.
He lived in Fairbanks for 53 years, and was the owner and operator of Fairbanks News Agency from 1959 to 1988. He served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II, and received an honorable discharge.
Ed married Alene Ruth Hubbard, his high school sweetheart, in June 1949, while working in the magazine distribution industry in Seattle. In 1959, Ed moved with his wife and two daughters to Fairbanks to take over Fairbanks News Agency. He and his wife, Alene, purchased the business in 1969, and retired after selling the company in 1988.
During all of his working career and in his retirement, Ed was active and involved in many community organizations. He served on the board of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital as well as its Foundation, and Denali Center. He was active in Kiwanis, the American Cancer Society, the Kidney Foundation, the Fairbanks Fine Arts Summer Camp, and endowed a music scholarship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was a founder of Denali State Bank and served on the board until age 80. He continued to remain involved as a member of the Fairbanks Lutheran Church, and was an active supporter of his favorite charities.
Ed was very proud of his Norwegian heritage, and was even more proud of being an Alaskan.
In 2007, Ed suffered a fall that resulted in him living the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Ever the optimist he continued to hope he would one day walk again. In June of this year, his entire family traveled to Fairbanks for a family reunion. It was a grand celebration for family and close friends. He was well loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
"Dad, we know you are walking in Heaven; we love you."
Ed is survived by his wife, Alene, of 63 years; his daughter, Claudia Herrick and husband Michael of Sitka, his daughter, Karen Christiansen and Tom Phillips of Mission Hills, Kan.; grandchildren, Kari Gorkos and her husband, John Richardson of Baltimore, Matthew and Amy Herrick of Sitka, Sarah Herrick and Brandon Mason of Baltimore; and great-grandchildren Aslynn, Rowan, Silas, and baby Shilo of Baltimore.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Sigvald and Ingeborg Christiansen.
Funeral Services were held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2012, at Fairbanks Lutheran Church. Pastor Paul Bodin officiated.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8, 2012