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Howard E. “Chris” Christensen, 82, a lifetime McPherson County resident, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2016, surrounded by family at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was retired from NCRA where he worked in maintenance for 43 ½ years. Howard served in the U.S. Army from October 7, 1953 to October 6, 1955 during the Korean War.
Howard was born on October 29, 1934, in McPherson, KS, the son of Nels Christian and Vera Leone (Beam) Christensen. He graduated from McPherson High School. On January 17, 1964, Howard was united in marriage to Carol Sue Matlack in Burrton, KS.
He was a member of New Gottland Covenant Church.
Survivors include: wife, Sue of the home; three children, Daniel Christensen of Bradenton, FL, Darla (Shawn) Phillips of Wichita, KS, and Neil (Yeimar) Christensen of St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren, Katie Christensen of McPherson, KS and Erik Christensen of St. Louis, MO; extended family, Israel, Margarita, and Elizabeth Banuelos; and brother, Donald Edward Christensen of McPherson, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 5, at McPherson Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM at New Gottland Covenant Church with Rev. Richard Skar officiating.
Memorial donations may be given to New Gottland Covenant Church or Galva Senior Center in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Howard E. "Chris" Christensen please visit our Sympathy Store.
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