Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. announced on Nov. 3 the passing of Robert A. Christensen, Chief Executive Officer of Christensen Farms. Bob Christensen, a pioneer in pork production, died early Saturday morning in Kansas while hunting with family and friends. Bob passed away from an apparent heart attack. He was 51.
"This is a sad and difficult time for everyone," said Glenn Stolt, Christensen Farms Chief Financial Officer. "Bob had a true entrepreneurial spirit and focused on excellence."
Christensen Farms started as a small family operation in 1974. Today, it is one of the largest producers of pork in the United States with operations in six states and more than 900 employees.
"Over the past several years, Bob focused on developing a strong management team responsible for day-to-day-operations," said Stolt. "While Bob's passing is a tremendous loss to all of us, his legacy is a strong, innovative company committed to producing high quality food."
Bob is survived by his wife, MaryAnn, and children, Robert, age 14, and Kellen, age 11.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm.