Carstens June 1, 1936 — Sept. 4, 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022
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June 1, 1936, Chris and Nell (Davis) and big sister Mary Lou welcomed a baby boy Christian Max Carstens into the family.

To his Nanna, he was Christy Max and to family and friends, Bud. Although not known at the time and because of a full life, Bud would have many names.

He grew up in Absarokee and enjoyed friends and activities, graduating in 1954. After a semester at MSU, he joined the United States Army and served in Germany. One of Bud’s best friends was John Marcus and many years later, little sister Marlene had grown up. They married on Sept. 18, 1960.

Chris enrolled at Eastern (MSU-B) and graduated in 1962. After that he enrolled in graduate studies at UM for a year and was accepted at St. Louis University School of Dentistry, graduating in June 1967. Chris M Carstens DDS briefly joined a practice in Longmont, Colo., but Montana kept calling.

In 1968, they returned to Billings and Chris started his dental practice. The dedicated staff became like family and remain so to this day. The patients appreciated his professional care and personal attention and generations came to the office.

Nieces and nephews were added to his family and he became Uncle Bud. Over the years so much love and admiration flowed freely between them.

The name that meant the most was when Chad and Michelle came into his life and he became Daddy. As the family grew, he became G’pa MT and years later proudly Great G’pa MT.

Chris was forever grateful for his years in Montana hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

A car accident in 2020, a fall and COVID changed his life and for the last two and half years he was fighting to get back to the life and times he had before. On Sunday, Sept. 4, due to a fall and traumatic brain injury, he passed away. He was loved by all and will be missed, more than words can say.

Graveside service will be Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Rosebud Cemetery near Absarokee, followed by a celebration of life at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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Christian Max Carstens