Christenson, Robert

Written by David Green.

Robert C. Christenson, 85, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 21, 2011, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold, Ohio. 

Robert was born March 2, 1926, in Lenawee County, Mich., to the late Lawrence and Vera (Nichols) Christenson. On Nov. 20, 1944, he married Dorothy M. Keefer who died Sept. 7, 2006. 

In addition to working as a farmer throughout his life, Robert had various other jobs including milk truck driver, feed mill employee, factory worker, fertilizer truck driver, crane operator and construction worker.

Robert is survived by three sons, Richard (and Janet) Christenson of Fayette, Lynn (and Vickie) Christenson, of Delta, Ohio, Edward (and Dawn) Christenson, of Maumee, Ohio; and one daughter, Susan (and John) Dennis, of Fayette; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Leslie Christenson, of Fayette.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia, who died in infancy; his parents; and sisters Clara, who died in infancy, and Ida Louise Wagler.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Fairlawn Haven Chapel in Archbold, with Pastor Charles Gautsche officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Mich. Memorial contributions are suggested to Fairlawn Haven Auxiliary, Fayette United Methodist Church, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were handled by Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold.

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