LT. Col. Evan Christiansen USAF(Ret.)
LT. Col. Evan Christiansen USAF(Ret.) passed away September 10, 2023. Evan was born March 27, 1933 in Comfrey, MN to Louis and Florence Christianson. He is survived by his brothers Roger, Larry and Tom, his wife of 65 years Kaycharlet, sons Kevan and Kit, granddaughters Lauren and Kaitlyn and four great grandchildren.
He enlisted in the Air Force in 1953. During basic training he was picked to attend flight training at Graham AFB, FL. Upon completion he was assigned to B-47's with the 310th Bomb Wing, 379th Squadron at Smoky Hill(Schilling) AFB, KS. While there he met and married Kaycharlet Waller in Taos, NM. He was at Schilling until he was selected for Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, AL. After his graduation his next plane was the B-58 Hustler at Bunker Hill(Grissom) AFB, IN. When the base closed in 1970, he was assigned to HH53 Super Green Jolly Helicopters. Training was at Sheppard, AFB, TX., then at Eglin AFB., Fl. In December 1970, he deployed to the 40th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron Udorn, Thailand. In April 1971, he was one of 6 former SAC pilots picked to fly two HH53's from Thailand to the US then fly New HH53's back to Thailand.
Upon completing his SE Asian tour, he went to FB111 flight training in CA then was stationed at Plattsburg AFB, NY. While there he received The Distinguished Flying Cross from his service in SE Asia. He also attained his master’s degree from the State University of New York. With this completed, he applied for ROTC PAS and was accepted at Baptist(Charleston Southern) College, SC. He remained there until his retirement in 1979. In 1980 he became the PAS at Deland High School Deland, FL. He held that position until his retirement in 1993.
After retirement he and Kaycharlet enjoyed traveling the Southwest and a trip to Alaska in their Motorhome.
Services will held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 12:30 p.m., Mims, FL.