A Mass of Christian burial for Dilman J. Christie, 86, of Stewartville, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville, with the Rev. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion and the Stewartville VFW.
Mr. Christie died Wednesday, June 6, 2012, from complications of a stroke, at the Stewartville Care Center, where he had been a resident since November of last year.
Dilman James Christie was born Jan. 19, 1926, in Douglas, to Harry and Marion (Mills) Christie. He moved with his family as a young boy to Sumner Township in rural Racine. He grew up on the family farm and attended Kedron rural school. He farmed with his family and other area farmers before entering the U.S. Army in 1945. He was stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington State and served in Hawaii. Following his discharge, he returned to the Stewartville area. Dilman was married on Oct. 5, 1950, at St. Bernards Catholic Church to Dorothy M. Hanf. Following their marriage, the couple moved to the Christie farmstead where they raised their family and farmed for 45 years. Dilman was also a self-employed insurance agent starting in 1967 until 2006 and was a Dekalb Seed salesman for a number of years. Dorothy was a farm wife and homemaker and managed the Christie family egg business.
Dilman was a longtime member of St. Bernards Catholic Church serving on the finance council, cemetery board, Mens Club and as an usher. He was on the Sumner Township Board for 31 years, 26 as treasurer and five as a supervisor. Dilman was a board member for Spring Valley Mutual Insurance for 29 years, and in Fillmore County served on the Farm Service Agency and Pork Producers boards. He was a 17-year member of the Stewartville Lions where he received the Melvin Jones and Helen Keller awards. He served on the Woodlawn Cemetery board until January of this year and was a member of the Stewartville American Legion and Stewartville VFW. Dorothy and Dilman moved to Stewartville in May 1995 and for the past few winters had enjoyed trips to Arizona in the winter. Dilman also enjoyed going to county fairs, the Minnesota State Fair, fishing, playing 500, collecting John Deere toy tractors, and going to Suess auctions where he would drive the sound truck. He always had time to visit with friends and loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; three sons and two daughters, James (Debra) of Stewartville; Paul (Jacquelin) of Fond du Lac,Wis., Charles (Jane) of Spring Valley, Mary (Harold) Bredesen of Racine and Suzanne "Sue" (Tim) Seehusen of Stewartville; 17 grandchildren, Holly Joy Christie, Bridget (Cory) Hoffman, Michael (Holly) Christie, Aaron Christie, Chris (Tanya) Bredesen and Nathan Bredesen, Katie (Jared) Steiger, LeAnn, Bryan (Andrea) Bredesen, David, Shaleen, Tiffany, Rabecca, Janae and Allen Bredesen, Candace Lacey and Nicole Seehusen; seven great-grandchildren, Nadine, Alex, Paige, Matthew, Wyatt, Gabe and Olivia; a sister, Mary Lois Eggert of Hayfield; a brother, Herbert (Shirley) Christie of Marshfield, Mo.; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Christie of Stewartville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Verna Senn and brother, Ernest Christie.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at St. Bernards Catholic Church in Stewartville, with a prayer service being held at 7 p.m., visitation will continue one prior to the service at the church on Monday morning.
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville is handling the arrangements. www.griffin-gray.com