Louis E. Christen|
Lou was born March 16, 1922 in Bellingham, WA to Louis Christen, Sr. and Rosmond Conley Christen. He passed away April 3, 2013 in Seattle after a brief illness. At the age of 7 he moved with his parents and sister to Hayden, ID where he attended a one-room school and read every book in the library. He graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1939 and attended North Idaho Junior College for two years before transferring to University of Washington where he earned a masters degree in chemical engineering in 1946.
His first job was with Standard Oil Co. in Richmond, CA until 1950 when he moved to Cleveland, OH to work for the Arthur G. McKee Co. In 1956 he moved back to Hayden, ID and was employed by Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Co. in Mead, WA. It was in Spokane at the YMCA where he met the love of his life. He and Helen were married in April 1958 and they moved to Seattle to work at the Boeing Co. Lou retired in 1989.
Lou had many interests. He loved hiking with his family around the many trails in the Northwest and he was an avid reader. We will all remember him with a library book of virtually any subject in his hand. Lou was an excellent joke-teller and orator. One could just name a subject and he would tell you a good joke. He was a member of Toastmasters International for over 50 years and a past district governor. After retirement he and Helen traveled extensively and he was proud to say he had been to all seven continents and nearly every National Park in the US. In recent years Lou spent many hours at the West Seattle YMCA with Helen in the Silver Sneakers program.
Lou is survived by his loving wife Helen, his children: Paul (Carla), Gala, Eric (Elaine), Bruce (Lisa), Glen (Marcia), & Carol Guettler (Tom). He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren: Ben (Juliana), Sean (Kim), Jade, Ian, Claire, Erin, Emma, Keith & Rose Christen; Ross, Kristen, Paul and Greg Guettler.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
or the West Seattle YMCA Partners with Youth (4515 36th Avenue S.W. Seattle 98126)
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 21, 2013