Feb. 24, 1935-Feb. 11, 2014
MARSHALL - Mass of Christian Burial for Ronald Christensen, 78, of Marshall will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Clotilde Catholic Church in Green Valley. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today with a 7 p.m. prayer service followed by a rosary service, Friday at the Hamilton Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Please designate memorials to Parkinsons Research
He died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center.
Ronald Allen was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Fonda, Iowa, to Alvin and Gladys (Finstad) Christensen. He was baptized, received his First Communion and was confirmed at St. Clotilde Catholic Church.
On Jan. 3, 1959, Ron was united in marriage at Green Valley to Elizabeth Vierstrate. They lived in Pipestone, rural Marshall and for the last 44 years, in Green Valley. Ron was employed at Schwans Sales Enterprises for 31 years, retiring in 2002. The love of his life was spending quality time with his family. Those memories will be cherished for a lifetime by his family.
Ron's other enjoyments included playing cards, bingo and horseshoes, and attending auctions. He was also a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth of Green Valley; four children, Gloria Lavoie of Green Valley, Diane (and Ken) Morris of Niota, Ill., Anita (and Terry) Coens of Green Valley and Brian (and Jodi) Christensen of Slayton; niece, Donna (and Brad) St. Aubin of Cottonwood; grandchildren, Preston and Dustin Lavoie, Brandon (and Shelby) and Darren Coens, Jason (and Danielle) Nielsen, Melissa (and Ruben) Medina, Matthew Nielsen, Austin, Adam and Shelby Christensen; great grandchildren, Chet Nielsen, Oceana Nielsen and Christina Medina; and great nephews, Brady and Cody St. Aubin; siblings, Rodney Christensen of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mary Ann (and Bud) Monsrud of Redwood Falls and Roger Christensen of Redwood Falls; also many other relatives and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Weston Lavoie; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Christensen.
Blessed be his memory.
Hamilton Funeral Home