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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121

HAROLD “HARRY” H. CHRISTEN

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.

 

14 thoughts on “HAROLD “HARRY” H. CHRISTEN”

  1. Harry, you are sure going to be missed. We will miss your “stories”, your “keen” memory of recalling details of the past, your “steller” game playing skills, and so very much more. The “Finn” will miss you as his Whist partner. You were loved. Rest in peace brother.

  2. Thinking all kinds of thoughts and memories. You sitting at the head of the table by the lake house — sometimes your “quirky” answers in scattergories – all of our game playing over the years. Family gatherings. CATS. You and Dorothy did a wonderful job raising your 3 children. You are now with Mom – Dad and Betty and of course – Dorothy. Rest in peace Harry.

  3. I was so sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. He always made a room seem brighter. Harry always found a way to make people laugh. Rest In Peace Couz!!!!

  4. My memories of you are flooding in, making me laugh. Thirty years of New Year’s Eve parties and games, many painting projects, building a greenhouse with a killer attack dog watching over us, carrying my mom, Dorothy, Tracey and I across a raging river in Idaho, softball games, Dorothy’s awesome Irish dinners, your version of the song “Take My Breath Away”, and of course the many birthday cakes and dinners we shared. You were loved and will be greatly missed!

  5. I can’t imagine a family reunion without you! Your sense of humor, jokes, and beautiful smile, will be missed. Embrace your loved ones, as you were welcomed home! Rest In Peace Harry! Love you! To the Christen Family, our thoughts, prayers and many hugs surround you during this difficult time. 💕

  6. Christen Family & Friends, Sharing in your sadness as you remember Harry. One of the best if not the best!

  7. I was lucky to have Harry as my father-in-law. He was always so friendly and kind, and he always had a good story to tell! He will be greatly missed.

  8. What a great friend! I have so many wonderful memories of our times together. One of which is our E Bass all canoe venture. We got a whole 50 feet from the dock and flipped. Lots of laughs followed.

  9. We remember how Harry’s mischievous spirit enlivened a few wedding dances doing the limbo with Kara’s aunt Carol and his bullfight dance with Dorothy’s aunt Lilah. Many Christmas celebrations were enjoyed together playing cards and games and eating Grandma Charlotte’s potato club and Dorothy’s cherry tarts. Kara remembers Harry making her laugh with his “Donald Duck” voice.

    Kara lived with aunt Dorothy and uncle Harry for 6 weeks while doing a clinical and spent many weekends going to estate sales, thrift shops and garage sales to find the best antique items. Harry would comment that he would have no problem finding Dorothy at these antiquing events, he just listened for the sound of her clogs and he knew where she was. We know he didn’t have any trouble finding her in heaven.

    Thinking of all of Harry’s family and friends. Sorry we will miss the funeral being so far away right now.

    Sending Love to all,

    Irene Lindfors and Kara Gillund

  10. Sincere sympathy in the passing of your loved one.
    Tracey & Mark and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. So sorry about Harry’s passing. Sending our greatest sympathy and hugs. We would have come up to Mora but will be entertaining Iris and Clio instead. ❤️
    Ann and Louis Jenkins

  12. Deepest sympathy to all of your family. Harry was always so fun to be around. He always enjoyed life. He will surely be missed. The last time I heard from him, he told me how much he missed his wife, Dorothy. Well, he is now with her forever!

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