AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Harold “Harry” Christen, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Firstlight Health System in Mora. He was 73 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Dean Oelfke officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Harold Herman Christen, known to most everyone as Harry, was born in Melrose, MN on June
30th, 1945, to parents Harold W. and Marie (Brickweg) Christen. His family lived in the Melrose
area for about six years before moving to Monticello, MN, where he spent much of his
childhood. Early in his senior year of high school his family moved again, this time to Fosston,
MN. It was there that he graduated from Fosston High School as part of the class of 1963 and,
more importantly, where he met his sweetheart and eventual wife, Dorothy Lindfors.
Upon graduation, Harry enlisted in the United States Army. After completing basic training he
was sent to serve in Vietnam. He was always proud of his military service.
Having completed his tour of duty, Harry returned home and married Dorothy on May 27th,
1967. They lived for a couple of years in Crookston, MN, where he completed an Associate’s
Degree in Business at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. That was also where Harry and
Dorothy had their first child, their daughter Tracey.
In 1969 Harry and Dorothy moved to Duluth, MN, where Dorothy took a job as social worker for
St. Louis County. This was where their twin sons, Nate and Nick, were born. Harry worked in
retail for Montgomery Ward before starting his own business as a house painter, something he
did for more than two decades. This was also where Harry and Dorothy formed a lasting
friendship with Bill and Laurie Pagel; they, with children Mark and Karen, celebrated many New
Year holidays and went on innumerable family road trips with the Christens.
An active father, Harry coached Nick and Nate for many seasons of little league baseball. He
was a den leader while they were in Cub Scouts and then Assistant Scoutmaster during and
after their time in Boy Scout Troop 44. Harry also participated in the Little Princesses program
with Tracey through the YMCA. Additionally, he enjoyed spending time at the family cabin,
fishing and playing (arguing about) games. He was just as active as a grandfather, helping to
take care of (and tease) his four grandkids. Harry really enjoyed drinking a cup of coffee, visiting
with family and friends, and maybe playing a hand of cribbage or whist.
Harry was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harold and Marie; by his brother-in-law,
Vern; his sister Betty Nothem; and his wife, Dorothy.
He is survived by his daughter Tracey (Marc) Johnson; his sons Nate (Heidi) and Nick (Andrea) Christen; grandchildren Brendan, Jacob, Karena and Charlotte; brother Duane Christen; and sisters Mary Jane Christen and Geri (Mark) Wirtanen; brother-in-law Keith Nothem; sister-in-law Irene Lindfors; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.