Arild Magne Christensen (1929 - 2011)

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Arild M. Christensen

Funeral services for Arild M. Christensen, 81, were conducted by Pastor Joy Gonnerman on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Kimballton. The casket bearers were Don Jacobsen, Bob Jacobsen, Tony Jacobsen, Jim Heilskov, Terry Heilskov, Karl Christensen, Steve Christensen, and Kirk Bengston. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Arild Magne Christensen, the son of Anton and Margaret Rasmussen Christensen, was born Nov. 3, 1929, at his parents' home in Kimballton, and entered into peaceful rest Aug. 16, 2011, at the Crestview Care and Rehabilitation Center in West Branch, at the age of 81 years, 9 months, and 13 days.
Arild was baptized and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. He attended grade school in Kimballton and then graduated from the Audubon High School with the Class of 1949. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his tour of duty he was as electrician on a naval ship. He was honorably discharged and returned to the Kimballton area.
On Sept. 16, 1950, he was united in marriage to Edna Mae Christoffersen at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton. Four children Julie, Clark, Carolyn, and Janelle were born to this union. Arild farmed briefly, and then soon started a business with his father-in-law, Nels Christoffersen. They owned and operated a hardware store in Kimballton. In addition Arild worked as an electrician and plumber. He installed air conditioning/heating units and cleaned septic tanks. Later he opened a Gambles hardware store in Harlan. In 1975, Arild was involved in an auto accident which resulted in him having a major stroke. He rehabilitated, was forced to retire, but was able to return home to care for his wife. Arild remained very active keeping himself busy with raising and breeding dogs, woodworking, caning and restoring chairs, buying antiques, and attending flea markets to sell his creations. Edna Mae died March 25, 1991. Arild lived at home later moving to Iowa City, and then moved to West Branch, in June of 2008.
Prior to his stroke Arild was an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. He was a board member, sang in the church choir, and he was instrumental in building the new church addition. Arild loved to watch baseball. He was ready and willing to attend any social event, especially a monthly card club that was a great source of entertainment for him and a chance to spend time with old friends. One of his greatest joys was his grandchildren.
Arild was preceded in death in addition to his wife, Edna Mae, were his mother and father, Anton and Margaret Christensen, and an infant sister.
Survivors include his beloved friend, Helen McClean of Iowa City; his children and their spouses: Julie Christensen of San Antonio, Texas, Clark and wife Lou Ann Christensen of Iowa City, Carolyn Christensen of San Antonio, Texas, Janelle and husband Maurice Bell of Madison Heights, Va; his grandchildren: Kara Christensen of Prairie Village, Kan., Erin Christensen of Ames, Thomas Bell of Richmond, Va., Auriella and Andrew Hunter both of San Antonio, Texas; his brother and sisters: Paul Christensen of Elk Horn, Ingrid Heilskov of Hampton, Blanche and husband Allan Jacobsen of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2, 2011
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