President - Funeral Director
With over 20 years of experience in the funeral service profession, Robert Christiansen is proud to be be a part of the greater Greenville community, where he has lived most of his life. As a fifth-generation Dane, he knows and respects the traditions of this area's many cultures and faiths. At an early age he recognized a calling to the profession and began working full-time as a funeral service apprentice at the age of 16.
After graduating high school, Rob earned both associate and bachelor's degrees from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (Cincinnati, Ohio). Unlike most area undertakers (who simply hold embalming school diplomas), Rob obtained the most extensive education in the profession from the nation's "Harvard of Mortuary College's". Over his career, Rob has been associated with funeral home's in Big Rapids, Howard City, and Cincinnati. He returned to Greenville in 1996 and in 2001 married the former Joni Ryckman.
A proud graduate of Greenville High School (Class of 1989), Rob is a past president of the Greenville Alumni Association (2005-06) and continues to serve as the association's secretary, in addition to being a voting member of the Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education (the body that owns and operates the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science). Rob previously served as the Greenville Alumni Association representative to the Education Foundation of Greenvilleboard of directors.
Rob is also a member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 96 F&AM, where he served as Worshipful Master (president) of the lodge for five consecutive years, in addition to holding membership in the Trufant Masonic Lodge No. 456 F&AM, were he previously served as Chaplain. He is currently Chaplain of the Greenville lodge, having most recently served as Treasurer.
Rob was voted "Mason of the Year" for 2005 by the Greenville Lodge, and was also honored by being named "District Mason of the Year" by the Grand Lodge of Mason's in Michigan (for the regional district encompassing all of Montcalm county).
A Shriner as well, Rob serves his unit, the Saladin Shrine Big Wheels, as President, and previously served on the board of the Saladin Shrine Foundation for Children, Inc. (the charitable corporation of the Shriner's that helps fund the 22 Shriner's Hospitals for Children). He has also served on the Saladin Shrine Finance Committee, and has served as General Membership Chairman, Parade Marshal, and Chaplain for the Saladin Shrine (which includes all of West Michigan from Indiana to Traverse City).
Other memberships include the chambers of commerce in Greenville and Trufant; the Montcalm Alliance; Sons of the American Legion-Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101; Traveler's Protective Association-Post G; Royal Order of the Jesters Court No. 11; and El Hajj Caravan No. 7.
Professionally, Rob and the firm are members of the National Funeral Directors Association, as well as the International Cemetery, Cremation, & Funeral Association.