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Alfred P. Christoffersen, 82

June 5, 2013

Alfred Paul “Bud” Christoffersen passed away in his home on the morning of Oct. 13, 2012; his wife Patricia (Bakken) of 52 years was by his side.
Bud was born in Lake Preston, S.D., on Dec. 12, 1930, and resided there with his family until the passing of his parents, Alfred, a World War I veteran, and Pauline (Hansen) Christoffersen. Since Bud was only 15 years old when his parents died, he was sent to Montana to live and work for relatives and to complete high school.
His older siblings, Janette (Gade), Harold, Warren and Raymond Christoffersen were all out of the house and the three brothers were off at war (World War II). A younger sister, Carol, was sent to live with a different relative.
Bud is survived by his two siblings, Raymond Christoffersen of Froid, Mont., and Carol Lebsack of Northglenn, Colo.
After high school, he went to work on a threshing crew, which took him south for harvest and it was there that he chose to become a soldier. He loved his country, he fought and defended it and his patriotism never faltered as he remained a soldier until the day he died.
He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air National Guard after serving in different military branches for more than 27 years. He served as a weapons systems officer and instructor of the F-101 aircraft and as a KC-135 refueling tanker navigator and navigator instructor.
Prior to retiring from the military, Bud had started an excavation company on the side to subsidize the family of seven. 7C’s Construction was named after him, his wife and five children, all of Washington: Paula (Mike) Kaley of Cheney, Pam (Leland) White and Peggy (Brad) Coyle of Deer Park, Alan (Katya) of Kirkland and Mia (Rob) DeSonia of Mead.
It was 7C’s that took the family on an adventure of a lifetime. In the early 1980s due to the economic downturn, Bud was forced to move the company and the family “North to Alaska.” It was there that the Christoffersen family learned how to really work together to keep a family together; from the son operating equipment, daughters driving dump trucks and the wife and youngest daughter cleaning and selling the homes that they had just built, together.
Bud, Pat, the company and a few less children returned to Deer Park in 1986 and sold 7C’s to a daughter and son-in-law and retired in 1991.
Traveling via motorhome around the United States, wintering in Yuma, Ariz., and loving nine grandchildren, Cody, Sidney, Grant, Colter, Henry, Braden, Calissa, Megan and Ilsa, was exactly what the doctor ordered for their retirement.
Over the years there have been many celebrations held at the Deer Park home with “Bud” supervising from the deck with a twinkle in his eye. He was the master of ceremonies of weddings, receptions, anniversaries and even family reunions. Under Bud’s strict instructions we are having another party, “A Celebration of Bud’s Life,”for family and friends.
A Military Funeral Honors/Memorial and a “Bud Style” gathering with food, music and dancing, will be held on Saturday, June 22, at their Deer Park home. Dress is casual.
To RSVP and for more details please email Peggy at peggycoyle@hotmail.com or call at 509-993-0747.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice or to the Inland NW Honor Flight.

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