Gary “Goose” Lee Christians




Gary Lee Christians “Goose” age 81 years, 4 months, 18 days of Logan, Iowa passed away October 25, 2022, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  Gary was born on June 7, 1941, in Magnolia, Iowa to Frederick and Evelyn (Plath) Christians. He graduated from Magnolia School in 1960.  Gary held a variety of jobs over the years including Harrison County Road Department, farm hand for John Benedickt and Jerry Straight, raised feeder pigs with his kids, Schemmer Limestone Quarry in Logan, Iowa, IBP in Council Bluffs, Tyson Foods in Denison, Dunlap Livestock Auction, and drove a school bus for Logan-Magnolia Community School District.  Gary was united in marriage to Patricia Hand at the Zion Lutheran Church in Magnolia, Iowa. Four children were born to the union, Craig, Curtis, Michelle, and Cory.

Gary enjoyed watching old westerns, watching sporting events his children and grandchildren were involved in, riding horses in the local parades, and going on trail rides with his brother Bill. He also enjoyed driving the activity bus and interacting with the kids on his bus route.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill Christians, great grandson River Knudsen, sister-in-law Judy Vana, and brothers-in-law Richard Jordan, and Robert Jordan.

Gary is survived by his wife Patricia Christians of Logan: children Craig and his wife Pam of Logan, Iowa, Curtis of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Michelle of Dunlap, Iowa, Cory and his wife Michelle of Omaha, Nebraska: grandchildren Alexis, Ashley, Coen, Cade, Kelsi, Amanda (Ben), Nicholas (Samantha), Dillon, Jessica, John  and Korilynn: great grandchildren Easton, Holden, Gideon, Lucille, and Raine, sisters-in-law: Juliane Christians of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Maryln Jordan, and Ardith Jordan of Logan, Iowa, brother-in-law Don Vana of Logan, Iowa, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be held 3:00~5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30, 2022 at the Logan Memorial Chapel in Logan, Iowa.

Luncheon will be held at the Rand Center in Missouri Valley, Iowa following the interment.

In Loving Memory Of

Gary “Goose” Lee Christians



June 7, 1941                                                   Magnolia, Iowa


Entered Into Rest

October 25, 2022                                        Omaha, Nebraska


Funeral Service

10:30 a.m. Monday, October 31, 2022

First Lutheran Church

Missouri Valley, Iowa


Officiating                                          Pastor Joseph Hansen

Organist                                                           Ben McIntosh


Music Selection

“Amazing Grace”                              “How Great Thou Art”

“Just As I Am Without One Plea”


Honorary Bearers

Amanda Jarosz                                          Alexis Christians

Ashley Christians                                          Coen Christians

Cade Christians                                            Kelsi Christians

Samantha Knudsen                                          Jessica Rupp

Korilynn Christians


Pall Bearers

Nicholas Knudsen                                        Dillon Knudsen

John Feeney                                                         Ben Jarosz

Kirk Walker                                                     Jason Benson


Final Resting Place

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia, Iowa


  • Leia Johnsen Posted October 27, 2022 8:37 am

    Dearest Pat and Family
    Our sincere love and prayers to all. Such a nice and caring guy that always stop to say hi.
    John and Leia Johnsen and family

  • Renee Dartman Riley Posted October 27, 2022 7:19 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I have many memories of Goose working for my dad. And I laugh. He was quite a guy.

  • Jeff and Barbara Gelbart Posted October 29, 2022 7:33 pm

    We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Kenneth & Carla Jones Posted October 30, 2022 2:04 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to the family. Goose was quit a guy and will be missed.

  • Jeff Gelbart Posted October 30, 2022 8:52 pm

    Christians Family,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family. Accept our sympathy.
    Jeff and Barbara Gelbart

  • Pam Cummings Posted October 31, 2022 8:24 am

    Cory, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Cindy & Jim Posted November 4, 2022 12:01 pm

    Pat and family. Our sincere sympathy to you and all your family. We were deeply saddened by the news of Goose’s passing. He was a great guy, kin in every way. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

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