Kenneth Woodrow CHRISTENSEN
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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.

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Published in Press Democrat from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012.
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December 4, 2012
To Joy, Virginia, and family, please accept my most sincere condolences. I'll be forever grateful for knowing Ken and having him as one of my earliest mentors. Working with him for all of my young life was both educational and rewarding. I will never forget how special I felt the first time he asked me to take an inventory for him. Knowing how meticulous he was, I knew I better not make a mistake. Most of what I know about business management and inventory control I learned under his tutelage. It proved valuable to me for decades to come. I will never forget him. I was so sorry when the partnership dissolved. Rest in peace KWC, thank you for everything you taught me. You enriched my life.
Steve Basham
November 23, 2012
Dear Joy and family

I was saddened to read of your Dad's death last Sunday. Since I still own the house I gerew up in up there, I check the Press Democrat every once in a while and I found his story. I have many happy memories of our childhoods at each other's homes or up in the cabin at Yuba Gap. Your Dad continued to send me Christmas cards right up to last year. I shall remember him and your mom always
Candace (Bell) Roney
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