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Thomas E. Christiansen

April 15, 1924 ~ November 5, 2018 (age 94)
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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of 
Thomas E. Christiansen, who passed away on November 5, 2018 at HealthCenter NW.

Tom was born in Sidney, MT on April 15, 1924. To Chris and Jennie (Hendricksen) Christiansen.  He was the youngest of six children and was raised on the family farm in the Brorson community.

In 1944, during WWII, Tom joined the Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He served in the Philippines and in Japan. He was most proud of earning the "Infantry Combat Badge"
for 30 days in combat. Although Tom did not like to talk about his time in the war, he was profoundly impacted and honored by a trip to Washington, DC through the Honor Flight organization in 2008 to view the WWII Memorial.

When he returned to Montana in 1946, he worked for Holly Sugar in Sidney and soon after enrolled in Auto Mechanic school in Fargo, ND. Always a charmer, he found a job cleaning a restaurant in the evenings, and in turn, they fed him three meals a day and the owners  became his family away from home. After he completed school, he worked in Sidney for the Richland County Road Department, and then for Whitaker Motors in Sidney. 

In 1948, at a country barn dance, a beautiful young lady, Rosemary Conroy, caught his eye. There began a 70 year romance. They married December 30, 1950. In 1955, they pulled their mobile home behind their pickup and headed west to Whitefish. Tom had heard of the Anaconda Aluminum Company in Columbia Falls, and thought he would seek employment there. He started at the plant and continued there until his retirement in 1986.

Tom and Rosemary had their first daughter, Donna, in 1961 and their second daughter, Joyce, in 1965. Life was full and busy. When not working, the family enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and travel.  We have story upon story and memory upon memory of family escapades and adventures.

All who knew Tom would agree there was no one more honest, kind, and giving. He was always willing to lend a hand or his ear in times of need. He handled life with grace, love and always a good joke or two...or three.

Tom is survived by his wife of almost 68 years, Rosemary. His daughter Donna(Royal) Norris, and daughter Joyce(John) Morris. Grandchildren Zachary(Shanet) Norris, Stephanie (Mike) Catlett, and Christian Lomax. He also has one great grandchild, Sophie Catlett.

If desired, donations may be made in Tom's memory to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, PO Box 2770, Columbia Falls, MT 59912, or Honor Flight, Inc., 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, OH 45505. Services will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Reception will follow.

We want to express our warmest gratitude to the nurses and caregivers at Healthcenter NW, The Retreat at Buffalo Hill, and Kalispell Regional Medical Center.  Their care, concern and dedication is top-notch.  An additional thank you to Dr. Woodward and Dr. Lessmeier for guiding and leading us through Tom's illness. We know he left a warm spot in your hearts through this journey, and you all have left one in ours.  Thank you.

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the man who died. Rather, we should thank God that such a man lived."  General George S. Patton. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at www.buffalohillfh.com to leave notes of condolences for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory caring for the family.

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