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Bill Dean Christlieb, 63, a lifetime Osage area resident, peacefully entered the glorious presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday morning, Aug. 8, 2014 at his home on Straight Lake north of Osage with his loved ones at his side, following a valiant battle against cancer.

Bill was born Sept. 26, 1950 at St. Joseph's Hospital to Ray and Lydia (Pritchard) Christlieb.

He attended the Osage Public Elementary School through the 6th grade and then went on to attend grades 7-12 in Park Rapids. He graduated from the Park Rapids High School with the Class of 1968.

He then went on to attend the University of Minnesota-Crookston where he studied business.

It was at Crookston that Bill met and fell in love with a beautiful young nursing student named Joann Bernice Neu. They were married Nov. 29, 1969 in Waite Park. This union was blessed with three children: Jennifer, Jeff and Trish. In the early years of their marriage, Bill and Joann made their home in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Mora, Grand Rapids and Park Rapids as Bill worked as a distribution supervisor for Holsum Bakeries.

In 1981, they purchased the Osage Country Market which they operated for 31 years until their retirements in 2012.

In his retirement, Bill being a man who loved to work, became a school bus driver-something he really enjoyed doing these past two years in between his chemo and radiation treatments.

Bill was a man of God and was an active part of the leadership at the Grace Community Church in Osage where he had served as a deacon for the past 16 years. He was also very civic minded and active in his community. He served as a member of the Osage Township Board for three years, he was a member of the Osage Lions Club for 11 years where he served as a director for three years and as treasurer for eight years, he was a member of the Osage Sportsman Club where he had served as president, he had served on the Riverside Cemetery board for 10 years and on the Dog Days Committee for five years.

Bill loved the outdoors; especially, when he could be out fishing or hunting with his family or friends. He especially enjoyed working on his land-building trails and planting deer food plots. Above all, Bill loved investing his time in the lives of his eight grandchildren who blessed his life richly. He dedicated his life to his precious wife, Joann, his three children and his eight grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife and soul mate for these 45 years, Joann; his three children, Jennifer Ann (Todd) Peters of Alexandria, Jeffrey Alan (Michelle Schave) of Menahga and Patricia Lynn (Lance) Crandall of Osage; eight precious grandchildren, Sierra and Shelby Peters, Brandon, Brittney and Matthew Christlieb and Jordan, Josh and Haley Crandall; four siblings, Doris Holt of Blaine, Don (Clarice) Christlieb of Vadnais Heights, Linda (Roger) Ness of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Debbie (Ron) Smith of Deadwood, S.D.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Royce; and infant brothers Darrel and Dickie.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at the Faithbridge Church in Park Rapids with Pastor Paul McKibben and Pastor Ken Polley officiating. The organist will be Dorothy Crook. The soloists will be Tonja Aho and Dana Johnson.

Interment: following lunch will be made at Riverside Cemetery in Osage.

Casket bearers: Casey Smith, Jeremy Smith, Steven Fligge, Brian Holt, Terry Holt and Marty Roles.

Honorary casket bearers: School District 309 bus drivers and garage employees.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

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