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Harold C. Christiansen
November 28, 1933 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Harold “Chris” C. Christiansen, 90, of Rockford, peacefully passed away at home on Monday, January 29, 2024 with his loving family by his side. Born November 28, 1933 in Rockford to Hans and Violet (Hansen) Christiansen. He married the love of his life, Patricia on September 6, 1952 in Rockford. Chris retired as the Director of Quality from Sundstrand Aerospace after 39 years of service. He was very proud to be a little kid from Buckbee Grade School that worked his way up from the shop floor to retiring as the Director of Worldwide Quality for Sundstrand. Among many accolades, he achieved the National Chairman position of the Aerospace Industries Association and was invited to sit in the command module before launch of a spaceshuttle. He was also a member of the Sundstrand Steak Club for over half a century; a social club that helped local families at Christmastime. During his career at Sundstrand, he also served as School Board President of White Swan School.
Chris was a longstanding and active member of Alpine Lutheran Church where he served on numerous committees including Congregational Treasurer who signed for the purchase of existing church property.
As a lifelong Bears and Cubs fan, it’s remarkable to think he made it to 90 years old due to the stress of cheering for two such teams. Even more remarkable was the fact that Mom made it to 88 due to her stress from being by his side through each season! Chris was a very good athlete himself. Besides participating in East High School sports, he was a fast pitch softball pitcher in both church and industrial leagues and his team won the bowling church league championship several times. He also coached boys’ baseball and junior tackle football. Never one to stay idle, Chris enjoyed golf as he was a member of the Alpine Chippers and Ironhead golf leagues, including being part of a foursome that played nine holes on Sunday mornings before church. Fishing trips to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Lake Erie, and Canada always provided him with entertaining stories to come home with.
Chris’ position at Sundstrand allowed him and mom to travel the world and take advantage of all its cultures and treasures. Numerous winters were spent snow birding in Palm Springs where they established a community of lifelong friends.
Chris is survived by sons, Scott (Kathy), Tim (JoAnn), and James (Norene) Christiansen; daughters, Amy (Keith) Prenot and Candy Benjamin; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren; special niece, Jan Anderson; along with many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and the Minnesota Lake Gang. An extra amount of gratitude to be expressed to his granddaughter and personal nurse, Sara, for all her special care and acts of love. Predeceased by his wife of 69 years; his parents; and brothers, Richard and Robert.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 12:30 P.M. at Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave., Rockford, IL. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:30 P.M. prior to the service. Fellowship after the service to be held at Aldeen Pavilion. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alpine Lutheran Church or Alpine Academy of Rockford, 5001 Forest View Ave., Rockford, IL 61108.