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Douglas ‘Doug’ Christensen

Jun 24, 2008

ESTHERVILLE — Memorial services for Douglas ‘Doug’ Christensen, 83, of Estherville will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Lynn A. Potter officiating. Military rites will be held by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.

He died Friday, June 20, 2008, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville.

Douglas Harmon Christensen, the son of Thomas and Martha (Rold) Christensen, was born Sept. 4, 1924, in Harlan.

He received his education in the Harlan schools, graduating from Harlan High School. After graduating from high school Doug attended Iowa State University in Ames where he obtained his bachelor of science degree. He served in the United States Army during World War II in Calcutta, India. He remained in the United States Army Reserve and returned to military duty in the Korean Conflict.

After his honorable discharge from military duty in 1951, Doug returned to Manson where he taught veteran farmers on the GI Bill. On Nov. 29, 1951, he was united in marriage to Joann Thomas in Manson. The couple lived for a time in Spirit Lake, Waverly, and Audubon before moving to Estherville in 1983, where they purchased and operated Paris Cleaners until they retired. In his leisure time Doug was an avid reader. He also enjoyed bowling, fishing, gardening, and growing roses. Doug was well known as an avid story teller and as everyone knew, he was a huge Iowa State University fan and supporter.

Doug was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Estherville. He was also a lifetime member of Estherville VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 in Estherville. Doug also belonged to the North Star Masonic Lodge and the Elks Lodge, both in Estherville.

Left to cherish Doug’s memory are his wife, Joann, of Estherville; his four children, Susan Dickman and her husband, Ira, of West Des Moines, Linda Siver and her husband, Tom, of Milford, Carol Heuton and her husband, Randy, of Albert City, and Craig Christensen and his wife, Melanie, of McAllen, Texas; six grandchildren, Bill Maples (Stephanie Tang), Rick (Pathana) Maples, Jina (Ron) Vandervort, Nick Christensen, Cassidy (Travis) Hatland, and Joel Broich; and four great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Jaylan, Taylor Vandervort, and Addison Hatland; many more relatives; and a host of good friends.

Preceding Doug in death were an infant son, Charles; and his parents and sisters, Arlene Christensen and Muriel Olsen. On-line condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com