Died Sunday, November 11, 2012, in Santa Rosa at the age of 94 after a short illness. Ken was born in Santa Rosa, February 11, 1918, to Frank and Bessie Evans Christensen. He was a graduate of Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa Junior College, and Cal Berkeley 1940, with a degree in Electrical Engineering. A veteran of World War II he served as Lt. Commander aboard the USS Maryland. He was a member of the SR Luther Burbank Lodge, Masons, Valley Scottish Rite, and Sonoma County Radio Amateurs (W6LCZ). He was also a pilot with an instrument rating. He was a partner for 21 years in Basham-Christensen Wholesale Electronics. Preceded in death by his first wife, Betty L. Christensen, he leaves behind his loving wife of 11 years, Virginia Christensen, his daughter, Joy (David) Aloise, granddaughters; Kelsey Aloise, Lainey (Brandon) Holmes, great-grandson, Bennett Holmes, and step-daughter, Connie (Les) Daniels. He is also survived by his brother, Donald (Ann) Christensen, and numerous nieces and nephews. Private interment. Memorial donations may be made to Santa Rosa High School Foundation, P.O. Box 11006, Santa Rosa, CA 95406. SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN AND LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747.
Published in Press Democrat from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012.