McIntosh - Gregory Vance Christianson died unexpectedly but peacefully in his home in McIntosh on Thursday, March 28, 2013, of natural causes at the age of 43.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 2 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, McIntosh, with Pastor Ryan Rasmussen officiating. The pallbearers were Bradley Davis, Brian Holmer, Ron Bailie, Steve Jacobson and Karl Odegaard. Interment was held at the Calvary Lutheran Cemetery, Winger.
Gregory Vance Christianson was born April 13, 1969, in Connecticut, the son of James and Nancy (Keller) Christianson. He lived in Iowa with his parents for a short time before they moved to Roselle, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 1970.
Greg attended a school for the disabled where he learned some sign language and participated in Special Olympics. A few years after his mother’s death in 1984, Greg, his sister, Heidi, and his father, Jim, moved to the Winger, community. Shortly after moving to Minnesota, Greg moved into the foster home of Charles and Judy Reitmeier in McIntosh.
Greg attended the Fertile School of Special Education Program and was involved in the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated on May 18, 1990. In November 1995, Greg’s father died and a little more than year later, his foster father, Charles, died. Greg continued to make his home with Judy. In April 2000, with Judy’s marriage to Wendel Webster, Greg got a new foster father. For most of his adult life, he was a client at the East Polk County DAC in Fosston. He worked at several different locations in Fosston for the DAC.
Greg loved the “Three Stooges” and did a great impersonation of their actions (nah, nah, nah). He enjoyed the time with his niece, Briana, and nephew, Brett, and the many foster kids that came to stay. Greg had a special friend, Bradley, with whom he enjoyed spending time laughing and playing. Some of the activities Greg enjoyed were squirt gun fights, swinging on the swing set, playing kickball and bowling. Greg had a great arm for throwing a ball but didn’t quite get the concept of catching the ball. Instead he would let it drop to the ground and then pick it up. He also enjoyed throwing Frisbees, especially if he could get it to go over the back yard fence or get stuck on the roof.
Greg spent over half of his life under the care of Judy Webster, caring, providing and loving him. He wasn’t just a foster person; he was a member of her family. Judy and Wendel provided Greg many opportunities and experiences, from hours of fishing on area lakes during the summer, snowmobiling in the winter, attending concerts of his favorite singers, making wood crafts and using power tools, and giving him independence of walking the dogs through McIntosh to providing him a life worth living.
He is survived by his sister, Heidi (Brian) Holmer, Thief River Falls; niece and nephew, Briana and Brett Holmer; foster parents, Judy and Wendel Webster, McIntosh; aunts, Mildred Hanson, Erskine and Elinor (Robert) Brasher, West Cape May, N.J.; and many cousins.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents; all four of his grandparents; foster father, Charles Reitmeier; and one aunt, Elizabeth “Betty” Anderson.
Arrangements were with Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger. Online guest book: www.andersonmattson.com.