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Lawrence Walter "Chris" Christianson

Born: Wed., Jul. 1, 1931
Died: Sat., Nov. 16, 2013

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Mon., Nov. 25, 2013
Location: Stettler Funeral Home

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Lawrence, known by most people as “Chris” or “Barney” passed away on November 16th, 2013 at the age of 82.  Chris leaves with his passing, his loving wife Virginia, brother Lloyd; sister Gloria Ataide; Sons Cameron (Sharlene) and Rory (Lana); Grandchildren Brooke (Stephanie), Blair (Kylee), Crystal (Jesse), Chelsy (Jodie), Rory Jr., Kendra, Braden, and Rayna; Great Grandchildren Avery, Holden, Weston, Maddox and Parker.
Chris was born in Calgary Alberta on July 1, 1931 and grew up in Calgary at the Booth Memorial home along with his brother and sister.  Chris was a determined and industrious young man and in his early twenty’s he left Calgary to seek new opportunities, landing a job in Drumheller working for Gulf Oil where he met his wife Virginia. Chris and Virginia were married in 1955 and finally settled in Stettler in 1956. Chris spent 23 years working with Gulf Oil, all the while, managing businesses on the side including the Western Gem Hotel in Drumheller.  Chris finally quit Gulf Oil and went into business for himself in 1971 starting a mobile home dealership and later ventured into real estate and motels where he enjoyed success working along side his family.  Chris was a very charming, social and fun loving spirit and those who knew Chris would always light up at the opportunity to chat with him because a conversation with Chris guaranteed a good hardy laugh.  Chris was everyone’s friend and he was known widely for his good sense of humor. He loved to visit with everyone at social and family gatherings.
Chris and Virginia retired in 1989 and spent their winters in Arizona where they lived on a golf course and enjoyed golf and happy hour every day for nearly twenty years.  Summers were spent enjoying his family and grandchildren, following Rory and his family on the race circuit, and puttering around Rory’s shop.  Chris will be dearly missed by his friends and family; Chris’ wonderful spirit, and our memories of him will forever bring inspiration and smiles to us all.

Donations in memory of Chris gratefully accepted to Salvation Army ~ Drumheller Ministry

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Marilyn Anderson
   Posted Tue November 19, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Chris, I have many fond memories of him growing up. He was a great man and one of my favorite Uncles. My deepest condolonces to Auntie Virginia, Cam, Rory and families. I am sure he will leave a big hole in all of your hearts.

Kevin & Lou-Ann Shepherd
   Posted Wed November 20, 2013
Virginia & Rory - Our thoughts are with you during your time of sadness and loss. It is very hard to say goodbye to a loved one.

Kevin & Lou-Ann Shepherd

joyce carlson
   Posted Wed November 20, 2013
so sorry for your loss can only think of the great and fun times we had ...you will never be forgotten ..and sadly missed

Neal & Lorna walgenbach
   Posted Thu November 21, 2013
Just wanted to let you all know we were thinking of you. Our sympathy is extended to you all.

Don Macgowan
   Posted Thu November 21, 2013
Chris will be missed, always a smile making all feel welcome, R.I.P.

Dale & Irene Dryden
   Posted Thu November 21, 2013
Our thoughts are with you. Chirs will be missed, we have some great memories and great stories because of him.

Holly Adair Sanchez
   Posted Thu November 21, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all of Chris' family. He was a wonderful man, and will be deeply missed by all. He was the best Grandfather my kids could have ever been blessed with!

Doreen & Lamont Gygi
   Posted Thu November 21, 2013
Virginia and Family,
Sorry to read of Chris' passing-many memories and good times- our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Doreen and Lamont Gygi

Susan and Garth Niehaus
   Posted Fri November 22, 2013
We just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear about Chris...
We have so many great memories of our times together. Just know we are thinking about all of you!

Dan Salmon
   Posted Fri November 22, 2013
Rory- Sorry to hear of Chris' passing. Lot of good memories with him back when we were in high school. Awesome guy.

Terry & Myra Kuhl
   Posted Fri November 22, 2013
Virginia, Cam, Rory & Family
Although its been years since we had seen him, we fondly remember how he took us into the family in Stettler, he was truly a great gentleman. Our thoughts are with you in a obviously difficult time. We will remember his love of life, family and the joy he found in each and every day doing just the simple things with friends and loved ones.
Rest easy Chris.

Alyssa & Zane Sitko
   Posted Mon November 25, 2013
Our thoughts and prayer's are with the whole family at this hard time. Chris was a wonderful man with a heart of gold. I have so many wonderful memories of him. I was proud to call him my friend ! He will be sadly missed but always remembered.
Alyssa & Zane

Rick and Joanne Schinnour
   Posted Mon November 25, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Christianson family on the passing of Chris. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Neil and Carol Longeway
   Posted Thu December 05, 2013
So sorry to hear about Chris's passing He was such a great guy! All our sympathy to you and your family

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