Donald Christensen of North Branch, formerly of Pine City and Askov, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Ecumen of North Branch. He was 88 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch with Pastor Gary Guptill officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
INTERMENT will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Harris.
Memorial are preferred to the Danish Lutheran Cemetery in Braham, Fairview Hospice, or the Trinity Lutheran Church of North Branch.
Donald Henry Christensen, of North Branch, formerly of Pine City and Askov, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Ecumen North Branch Care Center. He was 88 years old.
Donald was born April 22, 1925 in Danewood near Braham, MN (Chisago County) to Frank C. Christensen and mother Emma (Gutzkow) Christensen. He lived his childhood in Danewood, near Braham. He attended Braham High School. He worked for Honeywell as a tool and die machinist until he was called into military service in November of 1950 to serve in the Korean War. He served 21 months in the 14th Infantry Division in Eta Jima, Japan. His classification was a bugler (even though he never played a bugle). He was a mail clerk, thus resulting in his outstanding bookkeeping skills. He was discharged August 24, 1952. Following the military he worked for Sisko Construction in the state of Washington until he returned to Minnesota and worked seasonal construction before returning to Honeywell in 1959.
Donald married Gladys Olive (Randall) Clark on August 10, 1963. Donald was blessed to raise one daughter and nine stepchildren.
Donald retired from Honeywell in the spring of 1975. He later worked for Truth, Inc. in Owatonna, MN for 10 years. Donald and Gladys owned a small business in Twig, Minnesota and worked at other small businesses as well.
Donald was a huge Minnesota Twins fan. He loved bird watching and was an excellent cribbage player. He loved music and dancing. Donald loved and owned old pendulum clocks. Donald was proud of his military service and was a Life member of the VFW post #6692 in Rush City and American Legion Post #51 in Pine City.
Donald earned the nickname “Doc” very early in life. Back in high school, he helped a classmate pull a sliver out of her finger and friends and students started calling him “Doc”, the name stuck and eventually his family and extended family and friends called him “Doc” as well. “I don’t think half of them knew my real name” Donald recalled.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife Gladys; step-children Leslie Clark, Shayla Wuotila, and Robert Clark; and brothers Lester, Walter, Howard, and Roger Christensen.
Donald is survived by sons, Kenneth (Marge) Clark, Richard Clark, Edwin (Rita) Clark, and Larry Clark; daughters, Cheryol Otis, Sherri (David) Johnson, and Shellie Johnson; thirty-eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service was held on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch with Rev. Gary Guptill officiating. Music was provided by Deb Aulich and Kelly Rogstad. Readers were Heather Ward and Amanda Duerr. Casket Bearers were LeRoy Christensen,Tim Nelson, Aaron Johnson, Bob Clark, Jr., Zachary Otis, and Joshua Johnson. Honorary Casket Bearer was Michael Clark. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Harris. Military Honors were provided by the Rush City VFW Post # 6692. Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.