Victor Walter Christensen, age 94, of Sleepy Eye, passed away at the Veteran's Hospital in Minneapolis on February 23, 2013 as the result of complications from a fractured hip. Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Tuesday, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Pastor Keith Ainsley. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery, in Sleepy Eye. Military rites by the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
He was born November 18, 1918 in rural Sleepy Eye to Christian and Emily (Petersen) Christensen. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew's Church in Evan. He attended country schools in the Sleepy Eye/Evan area. He served in the US Army from 1941 to 1943. After his discharge he farmed with his father-in-law and then began a 30 year career with the Minnesota Highway Department. Victor married Nathalie Guhlke and to this union four children were born, Virginia, Madalynn, Douglas and Jeffrey. They later divorced and he married Dorothy Beltz in 1978 and added seven step children to his family circle. Vic was a walking book of knowledge, enjoyed wildlife, fishing, daily trips to Sleepy Eye Lake, bus tours, crossword puzzles and family visits. He was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his devoted care giver; three children, Madalynn Ronning, Douglas Christensen, Jeffrey (Doreen) Christensen; seven step children, Steven (Rita) Beltz, Richard (Nancy) Beltz, Cheryl (Dave) Peterson, Scott (Deb) Beltz, Dan (Sheila) Beltz, Kris (Dan) Tauer, Jody (Vicki) Beltz; 28 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Elaine Ladd, Carrie Schenk, Jens Christensen; daughter, Virginia Wilkerson; son-in-laws, Jim Ronning and Lloyd Wilkerson; great grandchild, Jardyn; and grandchild, Nathan.