State Mourns loss of William “Bill” Christianson
William “Bill” Christianson, of Baraboo, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the VA Hospice in Madison. Arrangements are pending with the Redlin Funeral Home. A full obituary will appear in a later edition.
William ‘Bill’ Christianson
William “Bill” Christianson, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the VA Hospice in Madison at the age of 62 with his loving wife by his side after a long battle with Agent Orange-related cancer.
Bill, the son of the late William George and Arlene (Horstman) Christianson-Giebel, was born on June 17, 1950 in Reedsburg. On Sept. 1, 1985, he was united in marriage to Jo Barker in Baraboo. Bill had been employed by the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County campus until he became disabled.
Bill was a member of several veterans organizations, belonging to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8, the North Freedom American Legion Post 172, and a life member at large of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He was most active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7694 in Prairie du Sac, where he served as commander for a number of years. Last summer he was proud to have been appointed District 11 Commander for the Wisconsin State VFW until failing health forced him to resign.
Bill was also an avid fisherman and hunter and was active in the Delton Sportsmen’s Club, the Sportsmen’s Alliance and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.
He is survived by his wife, Jo; his children, Heather (Mike) Lesch, Jamie Christianson, and Kimbra Berry; grandchildren, Lili Christianson and Isla McConnell; siblings, Carolyn Rhinehart, Shirley (Allen) Holloway, Rosalie (Mike) Bredeck, and Sandy Klinge; sisters-in-law, Ann Manley and Susan Van Rixel; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Donna Zautke and June Schrank; and his nephew, Joey Holloway.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Lachmund-Cramer VFW Post No. 7694 in Prairie du Sac. Private inurnment will take place at St. John’s Cemetery in Rock Springs where military rites will be conducted. Memorials may be made to the family or to the William A. & Jo Christianson Veteran’s Essay Scholarship at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Campus. The Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo is assisting with arrangements.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff of the VA Hospice Unit at the VA Medical Center in Madison.
Bill will be remembered for his quiet, kind ways, his willingness to always lend a hand and always with a smile. He will be dearly missed by many.