Grant Christianson

Dec. 13, 1922-Feb. 26, 2018

Grant Theodore “Ted”

Christianson, age 95 of

Upham, North Dakota

died peacefully in the care

of his family and hospice

on Monday, February 26,

2018 in his home. He was

born on December 13,

1922 to Gudbjartur and

Gudrun (Hannesson)

Christianson in Layton

Township, McHenry


Ted and his nine si-

blings were reared on the

family farmstead and at-

tended the Layton Town-

ship School, completing

his education at Bantry

High School, valedictori-

an of the class of 1941. On

September 25, 1949, he

was united in marriage to

Carol Wagar (Shroyer) at

Upham, North Dakota.

The couple made their

home, raised their family,

farmed and milked cows

from 1949 through 1972

on the farmstead.

In 1972, the couple

moved into Upham,

where Ted took employ-

ment with the Upham

school as its custodian

until retiring in 1988.

Even before he became

the school custodian, Ted

drove school bus for the

district from 1968 until


A lifelong resident of

McHenry County, he en-

joyed woodworking, gar-

dening, all sports, hunt-

ing, fishing and almost

any outdoor activity. Ted

was always very proud

that he was 100% Iceland-

ic and that his grand

parents immigrated from


He is survived by: his

wife of 68 years, Carol; his

children, Grant Theodore

(Patricia) of Justin, Texas,

Susan Ann (Richard)

McGee of Lake Metigoshe

and Thomas Lee (Denise)

of Upham; grandchildren,

Christopher (Cari) Chris-

tianson, Heather (Antho-

ny) Rollins, Zachary (Hol-

ly) Christianson, Mitchell

McGee, Dr. Matthew

McGee, Malynda (Travis)

Inglehart, Sean (Dr. Chel-

sea) Erickson and Craig

(Sarah) Erickson; 16

great-grandchildren; one

sister, Ellen Miller of

Mesa, Arizona;

sisters-in-law, Mary Chris-

tianson, Mesa Arizona

and Bertha Shroyer of

Coon Rapids, Minnesota;

nieces, nephews, other re-

latives and friends. Also

surviving is his cat

“Kessa” who remained

with him throughout his


He was preceded in

death by: five brothers

and three sisters, Free-

man, Christine, Walter,

Victoria, Russell, Ann,

John and Joe; and his


Memorials in his

memory may be directed

to the Melankton

Cemetery Association,

Upham 55+ Club or Heart

of America Hospice, Rug-


Memorial services will

be held at 11:00 a.m. Sa-

turday, March 3rd at the

New Hope Lutheran

Church in Upham with

spring burial in the

Melankton West

Cemetery, Upham. Mr.

Wally Fretland, presider.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Towner. Online regis-

try: www.funerals