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Lyle A. Christianson

Lyle A. Christianson

September 4, 2018

Lyle A. Christianson, age 82, of Colfax, WI, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Lyle was born in Colfax to Elmer and Bessie (Olson) Christianson on October 18, He was baptized and confirmed at Colfax Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member.

While in high school Lyle worked for Ken and Helen Reed at the Colfax Messenger. He graduated with the Class of 1953 from Colfax High School. He then attended Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis while also working at Brown & Bigelow and the Rose Tribune in St. Paul.   After completing his schooling he worked as a tramp printer, working for numerous area newspapers.

On July 4, 1958, Lyle married Inez Larson at Colfax Lutheran Church. After marriage they lived in Cornell and Lyle worked at the Cornell Courier. They then moved to Chippewa Falls where he worked as a Linotype operator at the Chippewa Herald Telegram.

Lyle was a talented horseback rider. He belonged to two saddle clubs and rode in many horse shows and parades. In 1967 he and his horse, Jiggs, broke the time record in pole bending at the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association competition at the Hippodrome. He also placed fifth in the barrels that same day.  

In 1968 the Christiansons returned to Colfax and purchased the Colfax Messenger.

Lyle is survived by his wife of 60 years, Inez; daughters, Susan (Dan) Anderson and Peggy (Brian) Johnson. He is also survived by grandchildren, Brent (Carina) Johnson, Kevin Barstad, Tracy (Daniel) Varnes, Chelsea (Ben) Lawson, Andrea (Josh) Sarauer, Kimberly (Brad) Walley, Sara (David) Schubert, Breanna Christianson, and Alexis Christianson, as well as 23 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include his brother, Bob (Barb) Christianson; sisters, Gladys Schroeder, Juverna Hilson, Lyla Marten, Carol Blanski, and Jane (Bob) Hanson; sister-in-law, Evelyn Christianson; and brother-in-law, Jerry (Sharen) Larson; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mike; his parents; brothers, Marvin Christianson and Alvin Christianson; and sisters, Nina Christianson and Evelyn Ellis.

The family invites you to Lyle’s funeral service at Colfax Lutheran Church, 600 Balsam Street, in Colfax on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Leslie Walck officiating. Burial will be held immediately following the service at Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. all at Colfax Lutheran Church.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice/Palliative Care at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.


Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. all at Colfax Lutheran Church.


11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Colfax Lutheran Church.

Florist Information

Brent Douglas Floral in Eau Claire - (715) 831-0997 - All flowers should be delivered to Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax on Tuesday by 2 p.m.


  • Michelle Fjelsted vanVulpen RIP Lyle! Sympathies and thoughts are with Inez and family! Our hometown legends will live on in minds and pictures! I had no idea Lyle was an awarded and talented horseman! Although, somehow, I seem to visualize in the back of my mind an image of Lyle riding a horse in a parade(s) wearing the riding outfit and I clearly remember a black or dark color horse rider's hat/helmet. The riding pants or clothing are called Jodhpurs. The whole scene of outfitted rider and horse is a truly elegant and beautiful picture. I remember Lyle continuing to do some printing at the Messenger office, even though it had been sold, when I would bring in my "Out and About" column to be inserted into the next week's Messenger.

    September 11 at 8:47am

  • Doug and Nancy Nichols Please except our condolences at this hard times. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace SCOOP. Doug and Nancy.

    September 7 at 7:05am

  • Kenny & Jodi Dierich Sincere condolences to you all. Lyle was a wonderful man. He always made me laugh! So sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of times shared with him through the years.

    September 6 at 9:59pm

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