Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Lynn Christian, Jr.

March 11, 1928 ~ September 28, 2018

Lynn T. Christian, Jr., 90, of Bozeman, Montana, passed away September 28, 2018.  He was born March 11, 1928, in Billings, Montana, to Lynn T. Christian, Sr., and Georgia Snow Christian.  He graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1946.  During WWII he worked as a caddy at Highlands Golf Course, a gandy dancer on the Northern Pacific Railroad, and held many other summer jobs prior to high school.  In high school, he lettered in basketball and was Montana State tennis Singles Champion in 1945.

After high school graduation, Lynn joined the Navy in 1946 as a corpsman stricker.  After corpsman school, he was stationed at the Naval hospital in San Diego, California, then later at the Naval hospital in Oakland, California.  He received an Honorable discharge as a Pharmacist Mate III Class of 1948.

Lynn received an AA degree from Eastern Montana Normal School in Billings, now known as MSU Billings, in 1950.  He attended the University of Minnesota and subsequently graduated with a BS and MS degrees at MSU in Bacteriology in 1954.  Lynn was employed as a bacteriologist in biological warfare at the Dugway Proving Grounds in Dugway, Utah.

Lynn married Eleanor Anderson of Bozeman in 1955.

Lynn and Eleanor moved back to Billings where Lynn worked for JC Penney Co. in their management training program.  They later moved to Bozeman, and he and Eleanor opened and owned Kiddieville children’s store for 22 years.

Lynn was on the Board of Directors for the MSU Alumni Association, a past board director for United Way, past president of the Bobcat Booster Club, and past director of the Bozeman Downtown Business Association. He was a charter member and former director of the Riverside Country Club, a former Mason and Bedoo Temple Shriner, and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at MSU.  Lynn was a volunteer at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for 18 years, and a lifetime fan and supporter of the MSU Bobcats.

Lynn is survived by his wife, Eleanor, of 63 years; two sons, Stephen of Palm Desert, California, and Peter of Bellevue, Washington; and three grandchildren, Fallon, Hannah, and Dane.

The family would like to thank Jan and Edye of Hospice of Bozeman Deaconess as well as Cathy, Suzette, and Lindsey of Qualicare. 

The family asks for no flowers.

A graveside service will be held Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Hills Cemetery.