Robert L. Christensen
Robert Lee Christensen, 89, Stevens Point, died Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Stevens Point.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Alban Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Alban.
Visitation will be at Boston Funeral Home from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, and at the church from 10 a.m. Monday until the service.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 Rogers St., Stevens Point, WI 54481; Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703; or ELCA Disaster Relief Fund.
Mr. Christensen was born Feb. 12, 1929, in the town of Dayton in Waupaca County, a son of the late Oswald and Jenny (Rait) Christensen. He graduated from Scandinavia High School in 1947.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950. He was stationed in Guam for 18 months and served the remainder of his enlistment at Hamilton Air Force Base in San Rafael, Calif.
While on leave, before departing from Guam, he proposed to the girl he first met at the Rosholt Fair in 1946, Clarice Halverson. They were married seven days later May 19, 1951, at Alban Lutheran Church.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1954, he worked for a short time in Waupaca before moving to Merrill and working for Kloss Radio and Appliance. In 1956, he began working for Wisconsin Bell Telephone Co as a lineman in Merrill. Different jobs with the phone company brought moves to Kimberly and Hudson, before settling in Eau Claire in 1955 and residing there for 45 years. He retired from the phone company in 1989, after 33 years.
In 2010, they moved to Stevens Point to be closer to family.
Bob was active at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, serving on various committees, ushering, driving the Grace Van, participating in Men’s Bible Study, and working in the sound booth for services.
He served as a union steward with the CWA, and after retirement, he volunteered repairing tape machines for the Talking Books Program. He also served on the Eau Claire Transit Board. He served many years as a poll worker in Eau Claire.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Clarice; three children, Noreen (Richard) Bartosh, Wisconsin Rapids, Lee (Sue), Batavia, Ill, and Dale (Sue), Stevens Point; one brother, Donald (Janice) Christensen; two sisters, Betty Kropilnicki, and Dorothy Inderdahl; one sister-in-law, Joan Larson; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.