Victor Christian

VickChristian_rgbVictor Ray Christian, age 79, of Caledonia, Minnesota passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, surrounded by his loving family at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Victor was born in Reedsburg, Wisconsin on July 28, 1934, to Oliver and Ione Christian and was the fifth of 14 children.  He graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1953 and married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Wagner also of Reedsburg, on July 24, 1954.  Victor proudly served in the US Army as an engineer, spending an extended tour in South Korea following the Korean Conflict.  His work history included time at Oscar Mayer, Alpenrose and Country Boy Dairies near Madison, Schiltz Farms Dairy of Caledonia and Borden Distributing of Baraboo, Wisconsin. In 1979 Vic and Ruth returned to Caledonia and purchased Haugstad’s Confectionary while Vic was employed at Farm Power Equipment of Caledonia, finally retiring in 1997.  Even more impressive than his work history was his dedication to his community through multiple organizations. Vic tirelessly volunteered at the Lions Club, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Caledonia Sno Gophers, Knights of Columbus and the National Wild Turkey Federation.  After retirement, Vic and Ruth became permanent RVers, travelling across North America, from Alaska to Georgia to Quebec to California and even deep into Mexico.  He spent time as a campground host near Zapata, Texas and at Camp Winnebago in Caledonia.

Victor is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Ruth; his daughter Teresa Holland (Dean); his sons, Alan (Annette), Melvin (Mary), Jeff (Trish), Kurt (MaryAnn), Pat (Judy) and Mark (Stacey); 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.  He is also survived by brothers, Lewis, Glen, Henry, Jack, Marvin, Richard and Gene, and sisters Barbara and Vera.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rosemary; a brother, Herbert; and sisters Helen, Cornelia and Bonnie. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Christian Holland; granddaughter, Allee Rae Christian; and great-granddaughter, Clara Jane Bjerke.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am on Saturday July 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Matt Fasnacht will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia with military honors by the American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Holy Family Hall, next to the church, where a rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net.

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