Warren W. Christianson
Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died November 21, 2014
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Warren Willis Christianson died on November 21, 2014 at Christian Park Home in Escanaba, Michigan. His wife Eleanor preceded him in death just five weeks earlier.
Warren was born on November 1, 1920 in Reeder, North Dakota to Oscar and Julia Christianson. He joined the U.S. Navy in April 1943 and served in the construction brigade. He was an ironworker for 40 years, working on projects including the Ft. Peck Dam in Montana, and the Mackinac Bridge, Soo Locks and International Bridge in Michigan. At the 50th celebration of the opening of the Mackinac Bridge in 2007, he was the oldest surviving member of the crew and possessed the earliest union book. Warren was honored by being in the Iron Workers Hall of Fame.
Warren and Eleanor were married in Omaha, Nebraska on April 2, 1949 and lived for several years in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1956 they moved to St. Ignace, Michigan so Warren could work on the Bridge. They were active members of Zion Lutheran Church, where Warren was Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge of St. Ignace. In his retirement, Warren ran an upholstery business and served as a greeter ranger at the Pere Marquette State Park. He also was a very active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, becoming known throughout the U.P. as "Mr. A.A." He helped many fellow members with the alcoholism he struggled with for a good portion of his life.
In their later life, Warren and Eleanor spent winters in Apache Junction, Arizona until moving to Gladstone to be near their son David Christianson and daughter-in-law Kathy. They became members of the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. He was a lifetime member of the Masons.
Warren enjoyed making latch hook rugs,
Warren is survived by a son, David (Kathy) Christianson of Gladstone; daughters, Diane Christianson of Byron Center, MI and Julie (John) Christianson Stivers of Grand Rapids, MI; granddaughter, Shalimar (Adam) Wilder Mathess of Charleston, West Virginia; step-grandchildren Tina Koish, Tim Sovey, and Tammy Karkkainen; seven step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great grandchild; and his sister, Carol (Bill) Pollock of Lake Elsinore, CA; brother, Sherwin Christianson of Julian, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his siblings Ray, Dean, David and Robert,
The family expresses gratitude to the staff at Christian Park and caring friends from First Lutheran who have helped Warren and Eleanor in their aging years.
A memorial service for Warren will be held on Saturday, November 29th at Crawford Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Rev. Scott White officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives from 1 to 2 p.m. The Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 1:30 p.m.
Warren and Eleanor will be laid to rest together at Gros Cap Cemetery in St. Ignace in the spring. A memorial service for the couple will be held there at that time.
Gifts can be made in Warren's memory to Zion Lutheran Church, 999 S. State St., St. Ignace, MI 49781.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Christianson family.

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