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Randall W. "Randy" Christiansen


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Randall W. "Randy" Christiansen Obituary
Randy Christiansen was born on April 21, 1950, in Slayton, Minnesota, to Regner and Dolores "Foote" Grieme Christiansen. Randy grew up in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School in 1968. He later attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, graduating in 1974.
Randy's military career had him calling all parts of the United States his home. He eventually settled in Fairbanks and worked as an optometrist. Randy loved showing his friends and family from across the county what Alaska had to offer. Randy was very proud that he grew up in Slayton. Although he did not always reside in Slayton, his roots were planted deep with in the Slayton community. On June 4, 2011, he and Diane Hinrichsen were married in Fairbanks. He retired after 30 years in the U.S. military, having served in the Army, Navy and Air Force Alaska Air national guards. They remained in Fairbanks until 2012, when they moved to Slayton, Minnesota. They spent their time between Minnesota, Arizona and Alaska.
Randy, 68, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton. He was a past member of the Corvette Club, Kiwanis and the Coin Club, all in Fairbanks. He also was a member of the Slayton American Legion Post, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. Randy enjoyed fishing, hunting, coin collecting, woodworking, cooking, playing cards, golfing and his tree farm.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Christiansen, of Slayton, Minnesota; three children, Megan White, of Florida, Matthew Christiansen, of Michigan, and Kellie Rhodes, of Alaska; two grandchildren, Shealynn Stokley and Aaliyah Rhodes; three siblings, and their spouses, Debbie and Jerry Lyons, of Colorado, Janet and Bob Johnson, of Texas, and Leigh Christiansen, of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews and their families. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, Minnesota, with the Rev. Grant Fischer.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 8, 2018
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