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Friday, November 19, 2021

Obituary - Harold DeVerne Christiansen

Harold DeVerne Christiansen, 80, Archie, MO, passed away Monday, November 15, 2021 at his home. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Friday, November 19, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with Masonic Services at 7:30 p.m. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to The Shriner Hospital for Children.

Harold was born February 8, 1941 in Archie, MO, a son of Alton DeVerne “Tom” and Thelma Elizabeth (George) Christiansen. He attended school at Archie and graduated in 1959. He also attended CMSU and Heavy Equipment trade school in California. Harold married Marcia Ann Jilek on June 30, 1961. To this union they had two sons.

Harold was a foreman for various construction companies in the Kansas City area until he returned to the farm in 1978. He spent the next 43 years farming on the family century farm. He enjoyed looking after his crops and cattle. Harold served on the Archie City Council and the PWSD#11 board. Harold was a retired member of local union 663. He served as worshipful master of Archie Masonic Lodge No. 633 and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Order. He was a current member of Crescent Hill Masonic Lodge in Adrian. He was president of the Grand River Drainage district; was a board member of MFA and ASCS. He was a member of Austin Baptist Church in Austin, MO, where he served as treasurer. He was baptized June 29, 1952 at the Archie Baptist Church.

Harold enjoyed bird dogs and hunting, fishing and camping with his family at Stockton Lake. He loved his family and especially his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Dorthy. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marcia, of the home; two sons, Ray Christiansen and his wife, Amber of Archie, and John Christiansen and his wife, Becky all of Archie; four grandchildren: Ryan (Tiffany), Dustin (Kori), Dakota (Kathryn), Katlyn (Austin); six great-grandsons; his sister, Mildred Elaine Gunnels (Stanley), along with many other relatives and friends.