Dale Christenson, 83, Albert Lea

Published 8:55 am Friday, March 22, 2013

Memorial Services for Dale R. Christenson, of Albert Lea, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. The Rev. Curtis Zieske will officiate.

Military honors will be accorded.

Dale has bequested his body to the University of Minnesota for research. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery at a later date.

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Dale died at his home on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. He was 83.

He was born on Jan. 5, 1930, in Albert Lea, the son of Charles and Arlett (Flannagan) Christenson.

Dale Christenson

Dale Christenson

Dale attended Albert Lea schools.

He enlisted and proudly served our country in the United States Army from 1947 until his honorable discharge in 1953. When he returned from the service he made Albert Lea his home and worked for Continental Castings, Wilson & Co. and then Streater until retiring.

He married Merna Thompson, and they were later divorced. He then married Delores O’Rourke who preceded him in death.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.

Dale also enjoyed family get-togethers and spending time with family and friends.

Dale is survived by his children, Marsha (Dick) Hansen of Albert Lea, Mark (Jeanne) Christenson of Hartland, Nathan Christenson of Albert Lea, Anthony “Tony” Christenson of Albert Lea and Dale (Kimberly) Christensen of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Amber (Mike) Mahle of Rapid City, S.D., Tabatha Kormann of Albert Lea, Natalie Christenson of Emmons, Matthew Christenson of North Carolina, Joshua Christenson of Little Canada, Rachel (Tom) Loken of Knapp, Wis., Tiffany Christenson of St. James, Travis (Amanda) Clark of Albert Lea, Dalene (Cameron) Prindle of Fairmont, Dale Christenson Jr. and his fiancé Crystal of Welcome and Jacob Christenson and his girlfriend, Kari, of Clarks Grove; many great-grandchildren; two sisters Marcelle Vandersyde of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kathryn VanGuildner of Albert Lea; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Charles “Jake” Christenson, grandsons, Chad Hansen and Spencer Christenson and brothers-in-law, Max Vandersyde and Lloyd VanGuildner.

Dale had an excellent spirit and will be greatly missed.

Blessed be his memory!