Dale Leroy Christensen (1938 - 2017)

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Funeral services for Dale L. Christensen, 78, were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Atlantic, with Pastor Grant Van Lishout officiating.  Burial, with military honors by the Atlantic Color Guard, was held in the Atlantic Cemetery. Roland Funeral Home was in charge of his arrangements.
Dale Leroy was born on Oct. 22, 1938, in Viola Township, Audubon County, the son of Harry and Ellen (Robinson) Christensen.  He graduated from Audubon High School in 1957.  
On Oct. 24, 1959, he was united in marriage to Sharlot Mae Johansen in Audubon.  The couple lived in Atlantic until Dale enlisted in the United States Army.  He was stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 
Following his honorable discharge, the couple returned to Atlantic, and Dale began working for Safeway.  Dale dedicated himself to the store, and had worked his way into role of General Grocery Manager.  He loved his job because he was always busy, and delighted in helping his customers in any way he could, even if this meant making a delivery to their home.  As the store changed names over the years it was always said,  "you buy the building, the fixtures, and Dale!"  He served the people of Atlantic in the grocery business for over 30 years.  
Dale wasn't only busy at work, but also when he was home.  He was adamant that his home be in pristine shape and was often seen mowing on the hottest of days and scooping the heaviest snow imaginable.  Dale looked forward to trips near and far for gun shows.  When it was time to put his feet up, he enjoyed the History Channel and American Pickers.  It wasn't often that Dale would turn down an opportunity to go for a ride to see the countryside and reminisce about old times.  Above all, he delighted in spending time with his grandkids!  Dale was member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Elks Lodge.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ellen Christensen; wife, Sharlot in 1995; and son-in-law, Steve Noble.
Dale is survived by his daughters, Lisa Noble of Grimes, Krista (Scott) Small of Atlantic, and Lori (Chris) Burgess of Urbandale; grandchildren, Brian Noble and fiancé, Renecca Knowles, Alex Noble, Shane Burgess, Kyle Burgess, Lindsey (Brock) Taylor, and Travis Small; great-grandchildren, Koledyn and Addalyn Taylor and Brinley Noble; brothers, Dr. Donald (Nancy) Christensen of Austin, Texas, and Duane (Betty) Christensen of Audubon; sisters, Joan (Robert) Nair of Des Moines, Debbie (Richard) Matheny of Dedham, and Dixie Christensen of Dedham; many nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family and friends.  
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Bethany Lutheran Church in Kimballton where he was baptized, or Greater Iowa Chapter.
Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com
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Roland Funeral Services
204 E 5th St
Atlantic, IA 50022
712-243-5492
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from July 28 to Aug. 4, 2017
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