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Rodney D. Christiansen

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Rodney D. Christiansen

Sioux Falls - Rodney Christiansen, 78, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 19 at Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Family present visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 18 at George Boom Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sioux Falls.

Rodney Dean Christiansen was born on February 11, 1938 to Wilhelm and Ruth (Williamson) Christiansen in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Washington High School in 1956. Following high school, Rodney started working for John Morrell's in Sioux Falls. After holding various positions with them over 41 years, he retired from the company in 2001.

Rodney was united in marriage with LaVonne Rockman in 1962. He later married Ardys Larson on February 16, 1985.

Rodney was an avid gardener throughout his life, taking pride in growing produce in his vegetable garden and producing beautiful flowers in and around the house. Maintenance of his house, yard and vehicles were a priority. He enjoyed mowing, raking and shoveling his own and his neighbors' property along with washing, cleaning and waxing his vehicles and those of his family. These activities were labors of love for Rodney. Wood was another interest for Rodney. As a wood craftsman he created projects in his shop for family and friends and as a woodsman, he enjoyed spending time in the woods cutting and splitting firewood. Rodney was an athlete in his younger years and transitioned into an avid fan of family sporting events with basketball and football being two of his favorites.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Ardys Christiansen, Sioux Falls, SD; his ex-wife, LaVonne Schrader and their children, Craig (Lori) Christiansen, North Mankato, MN, Susan (Mark) Biggins, Brandon, SD; step-children, Jeffrey (Tammie) Jorgensen, Sioux Falls, SD, Denise (Larry) Bakke, Spearfish, SD, Karri (Brad) Saathoff, Piedmont, SD; grandchildren, Brianna, Cara, Andrew Christiansen and Michael Christiansen; step-grandchildren, Amy (Ian) Caselli, Isaac Jorgensen, Kirstie, Karlie, and Alec Bakke, Fletcher and Elise Christian; great-grandchildren, Liam and Amelia Caselli.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Ruth (Williamson) Christiansen; brother, Herbert; son, Barry and infant daughter, Catherine (both from his first marriage). Memorials may be directed to the . Online register at
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 17, 2016
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