AMerican Veteran 11

Orrin Harry Chrisianson

December 14, 1930 ~ June 21, 2022 (age 91)


Orrin Christianson, 91, of rural Clitherall, died Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at his residence under the care of his family and hospice.

He was born to Malfred and Emma (Sandahl) Christianson on December 14, 1930 at home in Vining.  He moved to Clitherall and milked cows with his dad.  In 1954, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Whiticore, AK until 1956 when he was honorably discharged.  He married Betty Biederman on August 27, 1956 in Breckenridge, MN.  He and Betty purchased a farm in rural Clitherall and farmed until 1993 when they moved to Belmont Lake.  They had seven children: Joel, Carrie, Kalvin, Lance, Rodney, Colleen and Christine.  They also raised their nephew, Tim.  They were foster parents to many children.

Orrin was active in Farmers Union and Nidaros Church, serving on the board.  He loved to bowl, hunt, fish, play Bingo, ride motorcycle, travel and play cards with friends.  He also enjoyed family events and holidays.  He loved to eat lefse, lutefisk, and enjoyed eating at church banquets with Scandinavian food.

Orrin was preceded in death by his son, Joel Lynn, his parents, Malfred and Emma, and his siblings, Marie, Carl, Elsie, Ruby, Orvie, Deloris and Sharon.  He is survived by his wife, Betty, his children, Carrie (Steve), Kalvin, Lance, Rodney, Colleen (Kerry), Christine (Matthew) and Tim; his grandchildren, Tara, Tessa (Jared), Mitchell, Zoe, Austin (Kathy), CaSarah, Justin, Cortney, Cameron, Nathan, Nicole and Luke, and by his great-grandchildren, Tehya, Charlie, Kayden, Kinsley and Thayer.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial Service: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Nidaros Lutheran Church in rural Clitherall.

Burial: Nidaros Lutheran Cemetery.


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June 28, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Nidaros Lutheran Church

Memorial Service
June 28, 2022

11:00 AM
Nidaros Lutheran Church


Nidaros Cemetery

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