Donald Christensen

Donald Christensen

Friday, June 22nd, 1934 Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Donald M. "Butch" Christensen

Kingsford- Donald M. “Butch” Christensen, 85, of Kingsford, Mich., passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Freeman Nursing Home, Kingsford, Mich.

He was born June 22, 1934, in Iron River, Mich., son of the late Morris Bernard and Sylvia (Komulainen) Christensen. Butch grew up in Kingsford, Mich. and was a graduate of Kingsford High School, class of 1952. He married Marianne Spencer on September 7, 1957 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain, Mich. Butch was employed by Standard Service Company, Iron Mountain for 25 years and D.A. McPherson Company, Crystal Falls, Mich. for 14 years, both as a salesman. He was a member of the Kiwanis Ski Club and Pine Grove Country Club over the years.

Butch was an avid ski jumper throughout his younger years and continued to hold his ski jumping connections with his friends, joining them weekly for coffee and memories. He looked forward to these visits. Butch also enjoyed golfing, going to camp, and especially loved the time spent with family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Marianne; one son, Donald (Alex) Christensen, Homestead, Wis.; one daughter, Donna Christensen; one stepbrother, John Gasperich, East Kingsford, Mich.; two sisters, Linda Galeazzi, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., and Judy Schumacher, Fond du Lac, Wis.; and by two grandchildren, Mitchell Christensen and Paige Spencer; and one great-granddaughter, Lily Deanna Christensen .

In addition to his parents, Butch was preceded in death by one daughter, Deanna Novara in 2001; and one sister, Joan Smits.

In accordance with Butch’s wishes, private family services will be held.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, Mich., to honor Butch’s legacy of life.

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Jill and John MacPherson sent flowers to the family of Donald M. "Butch" Christensen.
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William "Billy" Groleau

To Linda condolences go out to you upon the passing of my good friend,"Butch". He seemd to be smiling always and always made me feel important....hope all is well with you...thought you were in Arizona? Billy Groleau We were in Florida...that is why i'm sending this so late....just saw it in the Daily News.
Comment | Posted at 04:38pm via Condolence

Patricia Johnson

Butch was always a kind and friendly cousin. His lovely cabin on the Brule will be empty without him. Deepest sad condolences to Mimi and the kids.
Patty and Tim Johnson
Comment | Posted at 10:17pm via Condolence

Sally McQueen

Sympathy sent to you all from the Peterson, Steidl, and McQueen families regarding the passing of Butch.
Personally, I did not know Mr. and Mrs. Christensen very well but many things in my life have changed as a result of them.
As I recall, my parents did know them. The Peterson and Christensen families started out in Iron River then travailed to Kingsford some years later when families were first being realized.
To provide for their families, Butch and my dad worked together at McPhersons. The families found faith and love at church.
More recently, as my daughter cultivated relationships with new friends in Kingsford, Butch’s granddaughter Paige became one. She is a very unique individual being well grounded in honesty, faith and love that in my opinion, can only be learned through example. Between the Peterson, Christensen and Steidl families, she and my daughter shared many experiences growing up and are still friends to this day.
May Butch’s kind and loving legacy live on.
Sally Peterson, Steidl, McQueen.
Comment | Posted at 01:41pm via Condolence

Julie Dahl

I enjoyed Butch every time I visited or saw him. I didn’t have the privilege to know him well but he was a very nice man and seemed very loving to his family. My thoughts, prayers and love sent to Mimi and all of the family. I know he’s missed SO much. ❤️ Juls
Comment | Posted at 06:36pm via Condolence

Linda Dale

Jim and I are so sorry to hear of Butch's passing. Our best to Mim and all the family. Butch will be missed by many.
Linda Dale
Comment | Posted at 06:03pm via Condolence

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