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Gary E. Christiansen

Apr 26, 2012 - Staff

Former Riverton resident Gary E. Christiansen, 55, died Monday, April 23, 2012, at his home in Loveland, Colo.

Services are at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Crossroads Church in Loveland. The Rev. Dennis Anderson officiates. A burial memorial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Estes Park YMCA.

Gary Earl Christiansen was born Oct. 4, 1956, in Casper to Earl Edward Christiansen and Lora Lucille Christiansen.

Mr. Christiansen spent four years in the U.S. Navy. He worked for several years for his father at the Riverton Glass Shop and also for his cousin at R&L Glass in Riverton.

He worked in utilities and maintenance for the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colo., for many years. At the time of his death, he was employed as the lead custodian for Thompson School District in Loveland, Colo.

On Oct. 9, 2010, he married the former Daphne Miller at the Estes Park YMCA outdoor chapel.

His family said Mr. Christiansen was an avid fisherman who loved hunting, camping, traveling and the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. They said his love of the outdoors had him creating beautiful landscapes at his home and at the Estes Park YMCA.

He is survived by his wife, Daphne; stepsons Evan Van Der Vliet and Allen Van Der Vliet and Shaundra Stein and stepgrandson Lane; his sisters, Donna McMichael and her husband Larry, and Sharon McGurn and Tony Dick; nieces Keri Homan, Jennifer Springer, Keith, Sandra and Brianna Brown, Jessica McGurn; nephew Jared McMichael; his best friends Richard and Heather McGurn; brothers-in-law Bryon Miller and Daniel and his wife Dee Miller, and his father- and mother-in-law, Don and Pat Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lucille Christiansen; his grandparents, Rasmus Christiansen and Etta Coyle Christiansen Sims, Aldin Reynolds and Ethel Reynolds Mankin; and his dog, Cheyenne.

Memorials may be made to the Gary Christiansen Memorial Fund in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.

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