Leonard Elmer Christiansen died at his home in Longbranch on the morning of Feb. 19 at the age of 90 following a long battle with prostate cancer, bone cancer and congestive heart failure. He was born to Eva Umback and Elmer Christiansen Aug. 16, 1927, in Monroe County in the town of Byron, Wisconsin.

Christiansen was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, friend and veteran. His sense of humor was so contagious that family and friends often referred to him as the “Jokester.” His family agreed he was one of the hardest workers they have ever known. Among his numerous jobs, including work at the shipyard, driving a school bus and logging, Christiansen found his true calling in farming. He loved growing his garden and raising cattle. His haying and tractor skills were phenomenal; all the locals called upon his services. He also provided years of service to his community as a volunteer firefighter for the Key Peninsula Fire Department. 

Christiansen is survived by his brother Herman and his wife Charlotte; sister Betty Haley; son David and his wife Mary; son Mike and his wife Ella; daughter Deborah; and grandchildren Britney, Ashlee, Jonathan, Emma, Lathan, Nolan, Cora and Jamie. Christensen was preceded in death by his mother Eva, father Elmer, seven of his nine siblings, Clarence, Rose, Daisy, Helen, Edith, Evelyn and Lily; his son Jim; and his beloved wife Dorothy. 

A celebration of Leonard Christiansen’s life will be held April 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, 17010 South Vaughn Road NW in Vaughn.