EAST PEORIA- Ted Christianson, 83, of East Peoria, formerly of Theodosia, MO passed away on October 20, 2016 at 9:20 A.M. at his residence in East Peoria.
Ted was born on June 9, 1933 in Graettinger, IA to Roy and Priscilla Largent Christianson. He married Eva L. Hooker Jenkins on December 20, 1964 in Peoria.
He is survived by his three sons, Michael (Debbie) Christianson of Manito and Randy (Rebecca) Christianson of South Pekin; John (Julie) Jenkins of East Peoria; two daughters, Mary (Terry) Sears of Peoria and Diane (Don) Hagemeier of East Peoria; five brothers, Eldon (Ann) Christianson of Florida, Kenneth Christianson of East Peoria, Melvin (Kim) Christianson of East Peoria, Dale (Pam) Christianson of East Peoria, and Norman (Stella) Christianson of Elkins, TN; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren; one sister, Evelyn (Gordon) Karmenzid of Beverly Hills, FL; and his special pet dog, Nick.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, and two sons.
Ted graduated from East Peoria High School. He worked for 30 years at Caterpillar as a heat treat technician, retiring in 1982. After his retirement, he and Eva moved Theodosia, MO and lived there for 32 years. They recently moved back to East Peoria to be closer to their family.
Throughout his childhood, Ted attended East Peoria Church of The Nazarene.
Ted proudly served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of UAW Local 974.
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Side Mission or Illinois CancerCare in Peoria.
Ted loved fishing and camping, square dancing with his wife, and going to auctions. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
A private funeral service for Ted will be held at a later date. Interment will be at Prospect Cemetery in Dunlap. Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in East Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ted's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where online condolences may also be sent to the family.