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Eugene "Gene" Christianson

Eugene "Gene" Christianson, 71, Princeton, died Sunday, Dec. 11 at his home in Princeton.

Eugene was born on May 18, 1940 in Starbuck, son of Obert and Elmira (Hanson) Christianson. He grew up and was educated at Cyrus, graduating from Cyrus High School in 1958. He and his brother, Wayne, lived at Farwell and Gene served in the Army National Guard from 1962 to 1968. He was united in marriage with Sheilah Faye Rust in Cyrus on Jan. 21, 1967. They made their home in Cyrus and the surrounding area until Aug. 3 of 1976, when they moved to Cold Spring. On June 30 of 1979, the family moved to Princeton, where Gene worked with Hatch Excavating and then with Greenline Farms. The family lived on the River Farm for many years, before moving into Princeton in 2000. Gene continued to work on the farm until retiring on Nov. 29, 2011.

Gene's hobbies included trips to the Grand Casino on Mille Lacs Lake and watching sports on television, including the Vikings, the Twins and basketball. He also enjoyed trips to the Brainerd International Speedway for the races. He marked June 2 of 1979 as his sobriety date. He was very proud of the plaque he received from Habitat for Humanity for work he did on his daughter's home in Princeton.

Gene is survived by his wife: Sheilah of Princeton; children: Craig (Joane) Christianson of Foreston, Shayla Christianson of Coon Rapids, Gina (Rick) Walstad of Crystal, Tracie Christianson of Princeton, Kellan (Keli) Christianson of Coon Rapids; seven grandchildren: Cameron Christianson, Madelyn Nelson, Christian Walstad, Hunter Cloud, Saje Eugene Cloud, Maximus Christianson and Mariella Christianson; four sisters: Donna Emmert of Hoffman, Marvae (Richard) Engebretson of Starbuck, Pamela (Gladwin) Beyer of Hoffman, Mary (Dale) Knabe of Kensington; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Obert and Elmira; and his brother: Wayne.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.