Allen Christenson - September 09, 2012Allen Christenson, 73, of O’Neill, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 9, 2012 at University Medical Center in Omaha.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Faith Community Church in O’Neill. Graveside services were in the Aurora Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93.
Memorials may be made to Faith Community Church.
Allen was born on Jan. 18, 1939, in Aurora, to Raymond and Betty (Schmidt) Christenson. He graduated from Aurora High School, and attended the University of Nebraska for four years, earning his bachelor of science degree. He met Sherry Lee Bergh at the University of Nebraska. They were married in Plainview on June 14, 1963.
Allen served in the U.S. Navy from September of 1961 until June of 1966. After Allen completed his service in the Navy, the family moved to O’Neill where Allen worked for Farm Credit for nearly 20 years. In 1974, the family moved to a small farm southeast of O’Neill where over the years, a farm hobby became his full-time business. Allen farmed and ranched for the past 30 years. He was a member of the Faith Community Church, O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93, and a Praise Network board member.
Teaching Bible studies was a passion of Allen’s, as was serving the church. He cherished time with family and friends. Allen’s favorite bible verse was 1 John 5:13: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Allen is survived by his wife, Sherry; sons Reed Christenson, of Cape Cod, Mass. and Todd (Andrea) Christenson of Hong Kong; daughter, Shelly (Toby) Asplin and husband Toby, of Omaha; his mother, Betty Christenson of Aurora; brothers Ron “Keith” (Kay D.) Christenson, of Clay Center, Gale (Kay M.) Christenson, of Aurora and Roger (Julie) Christenson, of Aurora; sister, Diana Peterson of Lincoln and grandchildren, Andrew Asplin and Lauren and Luke Christenson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Christenson.