Paul H. Christianson
Paul H. Christianson, 90, a resident of Forest Plaza Assisted Living Forest City, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice Inpatient Unit,Mason City. According to his wishes, Paul’s final gift was to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., that his body donation may benefit the medical community. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., SATURDAY, MAY 16, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Scarville, with Pastor Randy Baldwin officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Inurnment will be in Salem Memorial Cemetery, rural Lake Mills, at a later date.
Paul Homer Christianson was born June 10, 1929 near Scarville, to John T. and Alice (Peterson) Christianson. He attended rural school in Newton Township until sixth grade, then entered school in Scarville, where he graduated from high school in 1947. He attended Luther College for one semester, then returned to Scarville to help on the farm.
On July 18, 1948 he was united in marriage with his high school classmate, Ethel Zachariason, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Scarville. To this union three children were born.
Paul farmed in the Scarville area for 30 years until moving to Lake Mills, where he was employed at Stamp Milling Co. until retirement. In retirement, he held various part-time positions including Winnebago Co-op Telephone Association, delivering Winnebago motorhomes, and driving the Lake Mills city transit.
He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Scarville, where he had served on the church council and was a choir member.
Paul is survived by his spouse Ethel, Forest City; three children: Lon (Jane) Christianson, Bemidji, Minn.; Kathy (Michael) Tjaden, Forest City; and Barbara (James) Renshaw, Lake Mills; seven grandchildren: Emily Christianson, Lara (Chad) Plathe, Brent Tjaden, Katie Renshaw, Karla (Andrew) Faber, Stephanie (Keeyon) Carter, and Kelly (Ben) Nieman; six great-grandchildren: Cole Plathe, Lillian Plathe, Weston Pilgrim, Myles Carter, Owen Nieman, and Emmett Carter; two more great-grandchildren anticipated before the service in May; a brother, J. Gordon Christianson; a sister, Donna (Clarence) Baalson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.