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Denis Christianson

Denis Christianson, age 66, of Kingman, AZ, died Friday, April 8, 2016, at his daughter’s home in Carrington.

Denis Arlen Christianson was born May 18, 1949, at Cooperstown, ND.  He was the son of Elmer and Ruth (Auren) Christianson, and was one of five children.   He grew up at Sutton, ND, and attended school there.

Beginning in 1968, Denis spent two years in the US Army, serving a tour in Vietnam. Denis was married to Rayette Oien, and they had 3 children together.  

Denis was an iron worker, and was a member of Local 793 Bismarck ND, and Local 15 Hartford CT.  He had also worked in a mine in southern California for 17 years, and resided at Kingman, AZ.

His hobbies included rebuilding old cars, attending car shows, and going to swap meets.   Denis enjoyed and loved his grandkids.  He returned every summer to Sutton to work on the family farm.

Denis is survived by his children, Colette (Scott) Lyman and their 3 sons Dustin, Brett and Nic, Carrington, ND,  Kari (Kevin) Wehlander, and their 3 sons Grady, Brees, and Kolter, of  Milnor, ND;  Kevin (Melissa) Christianson and 2 sons Kaiden and Owen, with one more on the way, of Piedmont, SD; two brothers, Gary (Ruth Ann) Christianson, Mapleton, ND, Richard (Geri) Christianson, Jamestown, ND; two sisters, Karen (Chuck) Anderson, of Streeter, ND, Judy (Jim) Anderson, of Sutton, ND, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one nephew, Mark Christianson.

“To my family, to my children, their spouses and their children, a very special thanks for being so helpful and supportive. To my brothers and sisters, Thank You, especially my sisters, thanks for everything -you two are something special. I would like to thank my family and friends in Kingman, AZ, for their support. My daughter Colette for giving me a room in her home, and for the nice people in Hospice, and again to all of Colette’s family Scott, Dustin, Brett, and Nic.”


Wednesday (April 13th) 6:00PM - 7:30PM in Evans Funeral Home, Carrington


Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND


Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:30PM


North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, rural Mandan, ND on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 1:00PM


Posted Condolences:

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Name: Gary Gerdes

Date: 4/12/2016

Message: My wife and I are very sad about Denis` passing. He was a great friend and neighbor. I really enjoyed helping Denis on his street rod projects and also appreciated his help on several of my own projects. He would always offer his services to various neighbors here in Valle Vista. He will be deeply missed by his friends and neighbors . Mike and Karen Rodriguez, Stu and Marsha Keeler, Dave and Cindy Pickard all send their condolences. They are all car nuts like myself and Denis. We wish all the family members our condolences, you are all in our prayers.        

Sincerely  Gary and Carol Gerdes



Name: Carol J Slone

Date: 4/11/2016

Message: To Denis' family...we are so saddened by the loss of our very special friend.  He was Vern's best friend & we will surely miss him.  Oh, how that man could eat!  When we lost our son, Jason, to suicide 2 years ago, & I (Carol) sent Denis a Christmas card that first year which included a photo of Jason, I will never forget what Denis said to me after receiving the card.  He called to thank me for the card, and told me that I had chosen the right photo...that that was the Jason he remembered.  I can't tell you what that meant to me.  Denis was a very special, loving man.  The world has lost one of the best.  He told me not to be sad, but how can we not be? I will miss his humor, his smiling face, & those very special messages he left on our answering machine.  I will look to the heavens at night & see his shining star looking down on all of us.  God Bless you, friend.  We love you.  Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Rest in Peace, Denis.

Carol, Vernon & Derrick Slone



Name: Judy Anderson

Date: 4/11/2016

Message: Colette, Kari and Kevin and your families. Your Dad was a great guy and a great brother. One of the things he would always do for me is when we were kids we would be out sleigh riding on your Grandpa's sled and he would spin it around and we would all fall off most of the time. I would lose my mittens so Denis would always blow in them to warm them up before I would put them back on. He was so funny and kind, was always thinking of someone else. He was a strong man and the last month he proved that. Colette, thanks for being a great nurse. Our love to you all. Rest in peace brother.