|Wallace M. Christensen, 95|
|Written by TRF Times|
Stanwood, Wash. - Wallace Mervin Christensen passed away peacefully April 18, 2012 at his daughter Kathy’s home in Stanwood, Wash.
A memorial service is being planned for June 22 in Stanwood, Wash.
He was born March 10, 1917 on a farm in North Township, near Thief River Falls, to Waldie and Myrtle Christensen. His mother died of meningitis in 1925, leaving Waldie to care for 10-year-old Wallace and 3-year-old Merle. His father married Milda Shefvland in 1926. They had three children: Margery, Clyde and Ivadell.
Wallace married Ruby Delphine Solmonson on June 24, 1938. They enjoyed 66 years of a loving and faithful marriage. Ruby went home to be with the Lord in July 2004. They are survived by two sons, Wesley (Esther) Christensen of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., Ronald (Elaine) Christensen of Renton, Wash., and two daughters, Sheri (Bob) Dryden of Brainerd, and Kathy (David) Ostrander of Stanwood, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Wallace was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed.
Wallace worked with his family on the farm and the Oakland Dairy until he became a partner with his father in operating the City Dairy in Thief River Falls in 1948. The City Dairy was purchased by the Land O’ Lakes Creameries in the late ’50s. In 1959 Wallace accepted a position as manager of the Fluid Milk and Ice Cream Division of Land O’ Lakes in Brainerd. He retired from the dairy business in the late ’60s to work alongside his wife owning and operating the Dellwood Motel in Brainerd.
At the age of 16, Wallace trusted Christ as his Savior. His faith was nurtured by godly parents and their involvement in the Evangelical Free Church in Thief River Falls. The joy and love of Christ was exhibited in his life with his sweet spirit, kindness and care for others and his desire to share the Gospel. He was known for his prayer life and close walk with the Lord.
Wallace was a founding member of the Lakewood Evangelical Free Church of Baxter, a member of the Gideons, a co-founder of Steer Inc., which is a funding organization for missions and a member of various civic organizations.
Wallace enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends. He was known for his sense of humor, laughter and positive outlook on life. His relaxation time from a very busy schedule was to go fishing with his father, family and friends. He and Ruby greatly enjoyed their lake cabin near Brainerd.
Wallace was preceeded in death by his wife Ruby, brother Merle and sister Margery.