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Greg Christianson’s Obituary
Greg W. Christianson
March 15, 1953 —May 27, 2017
Surrounded by his loved ones, Gregory (Greg) Wynn Christianson passed away peacefully at home on May 27, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 64.
Greg was born on March 15, 1953, in Aurora, Illinois, to Wallace and Elizabeth Christianson. He was raised in nearby Naperville with his three siblings, and went on to study at the University of Montana – Missoula, where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biology.
It was in Missoula that he would meet the love of his life, Rosemary (Rose) Schultz.
On May 17, 1980, Greg and Rose were married, marking the beginning of a love story that would span over 37 years and take them to California, Alaska, and finally, Corvallis. Along the way, they would welcome two sons, share countless adventures, and build a successful business that bears the Christianson name.
G. Christianson Construction Inc. (GCCI) was founded in 1986 when Greg and Rose relocated to Corvallis from Alaska. What started as a small home-based operation blossomed into a thriving business that has provided decades of service to the Corvallis community. Greg sat at the head of GCCI until his retirement in 2015, after which he passed on the company to his oldest son, Carl. He was proud to see the business remain in the family.
Among his many interests, Greg loved to be outdoors. His passion for nature took him across the globe, where he could be found fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching, scuba diving, camping, or snowboarding.
His love of teaching led him to serve as Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1. Greg was also a long-time member of the First Congregational Church in Corvallis, where he participated in choir, softball, and men’s group, and served as a trustee.
Greg was many things to those who knew and loved him — husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, employer and friend. He will be remembered as a devoted family man, consummate craftsman and steward of the land, who could light up a room with his infectious laugh, sharp sense of humor and honest heart. Greg truly loved his life.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; sons, Carl and Scott; sister, Linda; brothers Wayne and Gary; as well as three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth (d. 2014) and Wallace (d. 2016).
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Congregational Church in Corvallis, Nature Conservancy of Oregon and Benton Hospice Service.