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Richard Christians Feb. 21, 1937 - Sept. 23, 2008

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MONTEVIDEO -- Richard John Stanley Christians, 71, of Montevideo died Tuesday at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital after battling cancer.

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The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Wing-Bain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 21, 1937, in Murdock. The family lived in Swift and Chippewa county communities, eventually settling in the Montevideo area, where he graduated from high school in 1955.

He married Ruth Gatzmayer in 1958. While raising their family, they owned and operated Rich's U Save in Montevideo until 1978. He closed the grocery store and drove truck for Western Co-op Transport from 1978 until his retirement in 2000. In 1988, he married Betty Eddy.

He is survived by his wife; children: Mike (and Sherri) Christians of Bay City, Texas, Steve (and Debbie) Christians, Nancy (and Kurt) Hendrickson and Mary Jo (and Mitch Collins) all of Montevideo; 11 grandchildren; Betty's children: Mike (and Marcy) Eddy, Robin (and Dan) Persson and Steve (and Shannon) Eddy; and seven step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Jennie Mathey; step-father: Ervin Manthey; and an infant granddaughter.

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