Bruce W. Christenson
1948 - 2020
BORN
1948
DIED
2020
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Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home - Sheboygan
1535 South 12th Street
Sheboygan, WI
Bruce W. Christenson

Sheboygan - Bruce W. Christenson, age 72, of Sheboygan, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc. He was born in Sheboygan on August 21, 1948, the son of the late Grant and Ross (Gillen) Christenson.

Bruce attended local schools and graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School in 1967. He attended UW-Sheboygan, where he met his future wife, Karen Paulson. Bruce went on to graduate from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Criminal Justice in June of 1971. On July 17, 1971 he was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Karen Paulson at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. Bruce was looking forward to celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary next year with his "Peenykins".

Bruce was a Police Officer for the City of Sheboygan from 1972 until his retirement in 2005. From 1982 on, he enjoyed his role as a Police School Liaison officer at Sheboygan South High School. Many future Liaison programs were modeled off of his program. In his years at South High School, he helped countless students and families, many of whom even now, continue to reach out to him to share how he impacted their lives. Bruce also started K&K Janitorial Services which he still presently owned. He was currently employed as an insurance agent at Jerry Heinen and Associates. He enjoyed his work with the Heinen family, especially his good buddy Emily. Bruce was a current member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls. He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed pheasant hunting in North Dakota with his son and hunting buddies. He spent countless hours working with his loyal hunting dogs Rusty, Sam, Buddy, and Libby over the years. Bruce also loved to spend time with his family and friends, and had a special relationship with his four grandchildren. Anyone who knew Bruce knew he had a very unique sense of humor and an enormous heart. We know that he would not want us to cry because he is gone, but instead smile because he made us laugh, and he was ours!

Survivors include his wife Karen, of Sheboygan; two children, Kelly Brotz, of Sheboygan and TJay (Julie) Christenson, of Milwaukee; four grandchildren, Aiden, Rylee, Brenna and Nolan Brotz; three brothers, Tod (Lisa) Christenson, of Sheboygan Falls, Mark (Candy) Christenson, of Manitowoc, Gig Christenson, of Waldo and a brother-in-law, Ralph (Judy) Paulson, of Racine. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews. The friends he leaves behind are far too numerous to mention but know the impact you had on his life. Bruce was preceded in death by parents and two brothers-in-law, Harvey, and Herb Paulson.

A funeral service for Bruce will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 730 County Road PPP, Sheboygan Falls. Family and friends may gather at the church on Saturday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at 3:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Wildwood Cemetery. The funeral service for Bruce will be livestreamed and is available to watch at www.stpaulfalls.com

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in his name. A heartfelt thank you is extended to the entire staff at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc.

Due to current health concerns please practice social distancing and wear a facial covering for the visitation and funeral service in the church.

The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com





Published by Sheboygan Press from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2020.
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Warm thoughts and love to your family ! Bruce had a huge impact on my life as a teenager he was one of the only adults that I would listen to ... he always believed in me and his words of wisdom I still use today with my own kids he had a huge heart and could back that up !

Danielle
Friend
October 23, 2020
I want to give my condolences to Bruce's family! Bruce was great. He was the liaison officer when I went to South and I briefly worked for his janitorial business in high school. May God bless you with comfort that surpasses understanding now that Bruce is with Him and loved ones that went before him. I love the picture you chose. This is exactly how I remember him.
Jolene
Acquaintance
October 20, 2020
I want to give my condolences to Bruce’s family! Bruce was great. He was the liaison officer when I went to South and I briefly worked for his janitorial business in high school. May God bless you with comfort that surpasses understanding now that Bruce is with Him and loved ones that preceded him.
Jolene
Acquaintance
October 20, 2020
I want to give my condolences to Bruce’s family! Bruce was great. He was the liaison officer when I went to South and I briefly worked for his janitorial business in high school. May God bless you with comfort that surpasses understanding now that Bruce is with Him and loved ones that preceded him.
Jolene
Acquaintance
October 20, 2020
Karen, Kelly, & TJay, We are very sorry to hear that Bruce had passed. He was a good man. Sending our prayers & sympathy to you & your family. Sincerely, Jerry & Margie (Raml) Schoemer
October 18, 2020
I will never be to express in words the impact Bruce made in my life as a young teenager into adulthood.. The impact he made on my whole family. We were so blessed to know him, and beyond honored to be so close in his heart. Bruce was the "Father" figure so many of us were searching for.. He wore his heart on his sleece.. My deepest condolences to Karen and his children.
Louicia Fanslau
Student
October 17, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you on the loss. Bruce was a stand out guy and my saving grace during my high school years at South High. He always had a smile and advice to give. I am grateful that I connected with him later in life as our insurance agent! He was true gem and will be missed.
Kris
October 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Karen and the rest of Bruce's family.
I worked with, for, played softball, and had Bruce as an insurance man for close to 45 yrs. and even though I had few contacts with him the last 10 yrs., still considered him a close friend. What he all did for the SPD and community should never be forgotten and act as an example of what it means to be a true public servant. He was an individual to be proud to call your friend.
Jack Gebler
Coworker
October 16, 2020
I first met Bruce when he was the Resource Officer at South. I worked in the Victim Witness Office and worked with him in a professional role on many occasions. He was an asset to so many students who looked up to him for support when they needed it the most. It was such a pleasure to work with him and to call him a friend as well as a colleague. He will truly be missed but never forgotten for all the support he gave to so many. So sorry for your loss.
Holly Clappes
Friend
October 16, 2020
Bruce was one of the officers that broke me in when I started at the Sheboygan PD. He was also running a cleaning business to help his family and provide them a better life. He was always fair with everyone he was sent to help or intervene in some type of problem. He also became one of the first liaison officers in the school system, establishing that a Police Officer can be a resource for kids.
Rest In Peace 167.
Tom Tuszynski
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Tod, Gig, Mark and families, so sorry to hear this news! Sounds like your Brother was a great guy! Sorry for your loss! Cherish the memories!
Scott A Rohde
Friend
October 15, 2020
I loved Bruce's sense of humor! It was a fun 4 yrs. in H.S. with him. Cherish all those beautiful memories. I was Sue Wilharms.
Susan Heuvelman
Friend
October 15, 2020
Bruce was very helpful and supportive to our family when our boys attended South High. Also did some volunteer work with him. He will be missed by many.
Darla Kondreck
Friend
October 15, 2020
What a big heart Bruce had. One of his legacies is the many, many young people he helped. His shining example on how to live life lives on in many of us.
Jim Van Akkeren
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Karen and the family have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Bruce. He was a very kind man. Sandra Renzelmann Kalmerton
Sandra Kalmerton
Acquaintance
October 15, 2020
We are so sad to hear this news of Bruce's passing! In Ross' words, " Bruce was a peach of a guy!!" I'm guessing Bruce is laughing in heaven at Ross reminiscing a pheasant hunt with Bruce and Rusty. Bruce always brought a smile to many a face!! Love and blessings to Karen and family.
Ross and Beth Stanley
Coworker
October 14, 2020
I was so saddened to learn of Bruce’s passing. I have fond memories of grade school and high school days. My father, Leonard Nash, a teacher at Sheboygan Falls, always said that Bruce was his favorite student. Then, in 1997 when I began my years at the Sheboygan Police Department, it was always a highlight when Bruce would stop in. He’d talk to me about my late father and tell funny stories about things that happened with them at school — which meant so much to me.
Bruce will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to his family and multitude of friends.
“Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”

Lori Nash-Kanitz
SFHS Class of 1969
Lori Nash-Kanitz
Friend
October 14, 2020
To the family of Bruce, especially Karen and the children and friends our condolences for your loss. Getting to know Bruce was a pleasure having worked with him for many years on the Sheboygan Police Department and became friends. Bruce had a personality that drew the best out of any conversations between us or anyone that would listen. After my retirement 32 yrs. ago our contacts became limited, however did see each other on occasion. I must say, the world has lost another dedicated public servant. God’s Peace to you Bruce.
LaVern
Friend
October 14, 2020
I met Bruce as a student at South High School in the late 80's. He was firm but fair, and would always take time to sit and listen to you if you needed an ear, give you advice if you asked for it, and be in your corner when you needed him to be. I will always remember him fondly, and I my condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed by many.
Jonelle
Student
October 14, 2020
Karen and Family,

Our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of our mentor and friend Bruce. For Dave, he had a nice relationship with Bruce while a student at South High. Bruce mentored Dave and guided him to FVTC in 1986. Dave went on to be a police officer in a nearby city. He always looked up to Bruce which was one of the reasons he sought such employment. For Carla, she worked with Bruce closely as a social worker at South for many years and has many fond memories. Together we enjoyed having Bruce as our insurance agent. He was so honest and friendly during our interactions. When we reminisce about Bruce, we just laugh and smile. What a wonderful legacy.

~Dave & Carla Vorpahl
Dave & Carla Vorpahl
Friend
October 14, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I knew Bruce as a liaison officer at South High School. Very nice man. Always had a smile on his face. Prayers come to your family for comfort & Peace.
Nancy A Krueger
Acquaintance
October 14, 2020
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