August 24, 2017
- 6:00 PM
August 24, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
August 25, 2017
- 11:00 AM
Rodger L. Christiansen, 79, Fargo, ND, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.
Rodger LeRoy Christiansen was born July 12, 1938, in Walcott, ND, to Loyle and Ruth (Snider) Christiansen. Rodger was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Methodist Church in Walcott. He grew up on a farm near Walcott, ND, and attended Smith School at Colfax Township, grades 1-8. Loyle offered him a calf if he would quit school to stay home and farm. On July 2, 1955, a tornado hit the farm, destroying their home, barn, and livestock. He proudly received his GED in 1982.
Rodger was enlisted in the Army 1957-1959. His enlistment included a tour to Germany at the same base as Elvis Presley. He worked at Siouxland Dressed Beef from 1965-1972. In 1972, he became part-owner of Bronk’s Package Store, which he managed until 1978. He then was employed as an agricultural chemical salesman at Agsco until 1991. He started working for Farmers Mutual in 1985 selling hail insurance and began crop adjusting in 1995. He loved the comradery he had with the farmers and continued working for Farmers Mutual until his death.
Upon returning from overseas in 1959, he met the love of his life, Dallas Lee, from Kindred, ND. They were married June 12, 1963, at Kindred Lutheran Church. They had three children – Terryl Lane, Teresa Lynn and Trudy Lee. Terryl passed away in 2004; Teresa lives in Bismarck, ND, with her husband Mike Feist; Trudy lives in Twin Valley, MN, with her husband Bryan Mickelson and their two children Terryl Lynn (11) and Cheyenne Coleen (8).
Rodger enjoyed elk hunting in Colorado (and bragged that he shot eight elk), fishing, playing cards, giving his granddaughters rides behind the pontoon on Big Bertha, and traveling to Arizona each winter. He and Dallas spent the last 26 summers at Frank’s Lodge on Star Lake. They’ve been a member at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fargo for over 50 years.
Rodger was a man of character and well known for his physical strength, warm heart and incredible work ethic. Once you met him, you could not help but respect him. When you shook his hand, you knew he meant it.
Rodger was preceded in death by his son, Terryl; parents Loyle and Ruth; father and mother-in-law Tallef and Beatrice Lee; two infant twin brothers; brother Darrell and wife Joan; sister Myrna Wallace and husband Ed; sister Gloria Mount and husband Bart; brother-in-law Dennis Lee and nephew Lyndon Lee; nieces Jill Elliott and Janna Christiansen; and grand-nephew Luke Zeitlow.
Rodger is survived by his wife, Dallas; his daughters Teresa (Mike) Feist and Trudy (Bryan) Mickelson; two granddaughters Terryl and Cheyenne; sister Doris (George) Katseres; brother Robert “Buck” Christiansen; brother-in-law Gene (Delores) Lee; sister-in-law Altha Johnson; and brother-in-law Rodney Lee. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he adored like his own children.
A memorial gathering will be held Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:00 PM at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. The memorial service will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fargo. Burial will be held at Perhus Cemetery, Kindred, ND.
Rodger was very fond of the Salvation Army, as this organization greatly assisted his family after the tornado. Memorials are preferred to the Salvation Army or your favorite charity.