William E. Christoffersen
1926 - 2020
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1926 ~ 2020
On Sunday May 31st we lost our "Living Legend" William E. Christoffersen a World War II Veteran. He passed at the age of 93 due to Covid-19 in the William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home. This VA facility was named in Bill's honor due to his fortitude and efforts in making it a place for Veterans to receive medical care and assistance.
Bill changed and positively altered this world by his 70¬¬+ years of tireless efforts and service to the Veterans. These efforts have changed many lives over the years!
His entire life was spent serving our country and its veterans be it Military or civilian. He worked his way up to become a Senior Executive and National Executive Committeeman within the American Legion for 50+ years and was an active member for his entire life.
He fought and lobbied in Washington DC for veterans benefits and affairs. Some of the Veterans Bills he wrote and helped put together are still utilized today. He had personal relationships and dealt directly with Presidents, Congress, State Reps, & military leaders; yet you'd never know. He was a giant among men and did so while staying humble and patriotic.
His favorite saying was "Your word and how you treat others, and how they remember you is all you have."
Bill was man of God, a great husband, father, brother, a grandfather, a great grandfather and was known as "Poppy" to most of the family.
Bill is survived by his wife Elaine of 47 years; nine children: Dixie Schwartz, Clair Christoffersen, Janet Douglass, Jill Cox, Scott Christoffersen, Mark Jones, Becky Guyre, Jeff Jones, and Britt Jones. He is survived by three sisters: Linda, Jeanine, & Barbara; also 19 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
The family would like to express a special thanks for the love, care, and attention that the staff, chaplains, doctors, and nurses gave to us during his time at the William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home. Also, a special thank you to the Canyon Hospice nurse and staff. We will always remember your love and be thankful and grateful for your tireless support!
Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be held at a future date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Jun. 7, 2020.
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July 1, 2020
Poppy-

You have scratched your name into this world time line and you did so with the ability to lead people, businesses, family and friends with kindness and firmness you would expect from any Army 'dog face'

Thank you for all your dedication to this great nation and all veterans.
Jarhead #2
Casey
Grandchild
June 19, 2020
I am so grateful that during the time my husband was at the Am. E. Christofferson VA Nursing Home, I was privileged to meet this dear man and his lovely wife Elaine. We felt an instant connection and she told me when asked his religion he would reply, "I'm a Jesus man!". On one occasion, I turned to this wonderful kind, caring man and said, "Any friend of Jesus' is a friend of mine." God bless his children, dear wife(my friend) Elaine and all who may be mourning his passing as am I. My hubby probably is visiting him because Bob passed just a few days later on June 6th. I would love to be able to speak to any family who can leave a secure message on FACEBOOK for me.
Donna Sweet-Sumbot
Friend
June 17, 2020
A personal note to Elaine Christoffersen and her family --

Elaine, our hearts go out to all of you as you celebrate Bill's life and mourn his passing. . You and Bill have always been two of our favorite people! We had so much fun together during our Salt Shaker functions. We considered both of you as the life of the party -- great memories!! Our love and best wishes to you.
GARY BIRDSALL
Friend
June 7, 2020
Bill will be greatly missed by everyone within the American Legion family. Always grateful I knew and was friends with him. Love and prayers to all his family.
Marlene Olivas
Friend
June 7, 2020
Greatly enjoyed my association with Bill at Post 71, District Eight, Department of Utah and at Boys State. My prayers for his family and friends. GOD BLESS
Dave Ottley
Friend
June 7, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember growing up around the American legion for many many years, and I remember what good friends my dad Duane Willis and Bill were. They both had a love for our country so much ,and did so much to help in anyway possible the veterans and their families. Patriotic and humble is almost an understatement to describe Bill. What a wonderful man he was and Im sure my dad was there to greet him and to catch up on old times. May he rest in eternal peace, and may his memories bring your family peace at this most difficult time and know how much he was loved and respected and will be missed by so many.
Annette willis
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