James Christensen, 1934-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, December 11, 2016

Funeral services for James W. Christensen, 82, of Farmington will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bridge Community Church. The Rev. Clayton Balsley will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion honor guard. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

James Christensen

James Christensen

James died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at Fairview-Southdale Hospital in Edina.

James Walter Christensen was born June 30, 1934, in Albert Lea, the son of Alfred and Iva (Larsen) Christensen. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1952.

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Following graduation, James enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his honorable discharge, James worked on the farm and then moved to New Hope where he worked for UPS. On Dec. 18, 1965, he was united in marriage to Rena Peterson in Minneapolis. In 1971, James started working for Bermel Smaby Realtors. After retiring from real estate, he worked for his son driving automotive parts. James enjoyed deer, pheasant and goose hunting. He was a baseball fanatic and was also a Vikings fan. James liked reading and keeping up with current affairs.

James is survived by his daughter, Debra Mirzamohammadi, of Burnsville; sons David Christensen and Donald Christensen, both of Farmington; granddaughter, Leah (Sean) Mara, and great-granddaughter, Aria, of Hagerstown, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rena; brother, John, and his wife, Barb; and sister, Barbara Christensen.