Donald Gene Christen
1927 - 2020
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Donald G. Christen, 93, of Orange Park, passed away on December 30, 2020, following a battle with Covid-19. He was born October 5, 1927, in Alliance, OH, and graduated from high school in Salem, OH, where he met his future wife of 60 years, Eleanor Ludwig.
He and Eleanor moved to Florida in 1983 for his work as a truck driver with PIE, eventually settling in Orange Park.
For many years Don was active in local Republican politics as a member of the Westside Republican Club. He was a member of Moose Lodge 2020, Elks Lodge 2605, and VFW Post 7909.
He is survived by daughter Kimberly of Jacksonville, FL; daughter Kristy (Ray Johansmeier) of Naples, Italy, and Pass Christian, MS; and grandson Christian Johansmeier of Centennial, CO. He was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Ludwig Christen; son Kevin G. Christen; and his beloved cat Elvis.
A memorial service is being planned for a later date and safer time.
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January 13, 2021
Don (Goose) was one of the most wonderful friends I was blessed to know in my lifetime. We had a friendship that spanned nearly 30 years. I loved Don, and I miss him tremendously.

Don was a mentor in life to me, a friend, and a person I could talk to about the many things going on in the world. We had a special relationship; the type many people only yearn for.

I will always cherish the many times when a group of us would gather together at Don and Ms. Ellie's house to smoke cigars, have a drink or two, talk politics, and eat Ms. Ellie's wonderful home cooking. During these times, all ears listened to the wise counsel of Goose. I miss those times.

I pray for all of Don's family - they are my friends too - during this difficult time. My prayers are with Ray, Kristy, Kim, and Christian. Thank you for sharing Don with me all of these years. He had a positive impact on my life, and the lives of so many others.

David Gonzalez
January 10, 2021
A tremendous individual who was a friend when I needed one. I pray for peace for Ms. Ellie and their family.
Marc Curtis Little
January 10, 2021
Thanks for being a close friend for many years. Lots of memories. RIP Don.
Matt Pape
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