Ivan Franklin CHRISTIANSON April 14, 1936 ~ April 5, 2012 At the age of 75 Ivan passed away surrounded by family and God's love. He is survived by his wife Delores Christianson, brother Curtis Christianson, children Sandy Ball, Scott Christianson, and Luckie Seibert. Step children Rocky Kohl, Kim Sharp, Theresa Skagen, and Charisma Nesland as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his oldest daughter Ivy Hadler. Ivan was born in North Dakota, moving to the Seattle area at the age of 16. Once in the Seattle area Ivan started working in the under ground utility business where he became partners and owner operator of Kohl Excavating. Ivan's gift, spirit, and tenacity for his trade, along with the deep respect for his employees allowed him to complete many major utility projects including work on the Kingdome, the International Fountain, Emerald Downs, many projects along the Seattle Waterfront, and countless others. Ivan always had a deep dedication to his family and friends. Ivan's passions included maintaining his ranch, traveling with family and friends, playing cards, horse racing, visiting Yuma, AZ and Orcas Island. As well as spending time at Shady Valley Ranch with his loving wife he also was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a wonderful husband, a great father, the best grand father and a super friend. Ivan always had a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous grin that will be missed by all. He is loved and will be greatly missed. Family asks for remembrances to be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, Attn Brain Tumor Walk "For the love of Ivy" 124 Watertown St., Ste 2D, Watertown, MA 02472. Celebration of Life to be held April 17th, 11:00am at Emerald Downs, Auburn WA. Sigh Ivan's on-line Guest Book: www.greenwoodmempark.com.
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Published in The Seattle Times from April 13 to April 16, 2012