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 Gerald LeRoy “Jerry” Christiansen

Gerald LeRoy “Jerry” Christiansen

Birth
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death Oct 2017 (aged 78)
Canby, Clackamas County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Sec 6C, 484
Memorial ID 184664244 · View Source
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Gerald (Jerry) LeRoy Christiansen was born in Portland, Oregon the only child of Ralph Christiansen & Evelyn Mickels Christiansen. He grew up in Clackamas County living in Jennings Lodge, Oak Grove, and Milwaukie areas. Jerry attended Milwaukie High School where he was a room representative & a member of Sigma Delta Phi his sophomore through senior years, as well as belonging to the Auto Club & Fire Squad while participating on both the football & basketball teams. He graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1958 & married Ruth Roxy in July of that same year. The couple had two children; Debra Jean Christiansen & Richard David Christiansen and were later divorced. He relocated to California where he met and married Nanci Jean Bowman and in 1967 the two were blessed with a daughter; Dawn Rene Christiansen. Jerry & Nanci were divorced in 1969. Later that same year he married Vicki Maureen Huffman Clevenger. The couple had two sons, Ralph Charles Christiansen & Jeremy Michael Christiansen and Jerry adopted Vicki's daughter Danna Marie Clevenger in 1975. Jerry & Vicki were married for 25 years before divorcing in 1994. Jerry never re-married. He worked heavy construction as a tire man in California and later as a real estate agent, before returning to Oregon where he began working on the construction of I-205 as a tire man. By late 1974 Jerry was headed to Alaska to work as the tire foreman on the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He worked all up and down the line from Valdez to Prudhoe Bay. Living 6 weeks at a time in camp and then returning home to his family in Kenny Lake, Alaska for 2 weeks. "They didn’t know it couldn’t be done." was the motto adopted by the first Alyeska employees who teamed up to tackle the world's largest privately funded construction project. The 800-mile-long steel pipe would cross mountain ranges, rivers and major earthquake fault lines. Alaska’s semi-frozen permafrost prompted the engineering decision to build more than half the line above ground. Jerry rose to the challenge battling equipment failure and frostbite; always accomplishing what he set out to do. Both his own children and those who worked for him soon learned that he not only expected them to work hard but he expected them to work smart. He always insisted that they stop and think about something for a minute to see what the most efficient way to approach the job would be. He loved his time in Alaska and the work that he did on the Alaska Pipeline was what he was most proud of. After the pipeline was completed and all of the camps had been shut down Jerry was offered a position with the company to build another pipeline in Saudi Arabia but turned the offer down because he didn't want to take his family there. Instead he re-located to Oregon City, Oregon where he returned to the real estate profession which he continued in until congestive heart failure forced him to retire in 1999.

Jerry was extremely smart in business and was the type of person who could figure out just about anything he put his mind to. He loved sports, football in particular and the Oakland Raiders were the only team as far as he was concerned. When he was younger he enjoyed working on cars and then after he had his family he enjoyed camping and fishing. His favorite place was Olallie Lake. He loved to swim, water and snow ski and he even ice skated on the pond behind the family home in Alaska. One of his favorite memories from his time in Alaska was dip netting for king salmon on the Copper River. He caught his limit and he built a smoke house where he & Vicki smoked and canned cases of salmon.

Jerry was raised in the catholic church but didn't actually give his life to the Lord until in his mid thirties. When he and his family returned from Alaska he & Vicki became members of Milwaukie First Baptist Church. He raised their children in the church. But it wasn't until much later in his life that he re-dedicated himself to the Lord. Jerry read his Bible almost every day and wanted to be right with the Lord. He struggled with imperfections but always encouraged his children to give their lives completely to the Lord.

That is his legacy for all who loved him.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald LeRoy “Jerry” Christiansen (17 Sep 1939–Oct 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184664244, citing Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Danna (contributor 47274790) .