Allan “Allie” Christensen, age 73 of Tyler, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Tyler Area Funeral Home. Visitation will be held 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Friday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home. Military honors will be performed by the A.C. Hansen Post #185 immediately following the service. Online condolences may be placed at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Allan “Allie” M. Christensen was born October 20, 1941 in Tyler Minnesota, to Martinus and Myrtle (Abraham) Christensen He was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Allie graduated from Tyler High School in 1959; after graduation he entered the US Army and served as a radio operator in Germany. He was discharged in 1965 and returned to Tyler where he worked for his life- long friend Eddie Perseke at Eddy’s Super Value. He and Jacki Knigge married and raised two sons. Allie worked for a short time at Red Owl in Ortonville before returning to Marshall where he started his career in sales for Schwans and Coca-Cola. He then semi-retired and drove gravel truck which afforded him lots of time to spend with his grandchildren who he loved dearly. Allie was a very generous grandfather and dad. He loved cars, convertibles in particular, and giving his grandchildren rides in local parades and taking them for ice cream. Allie enjoyed raising vegetables and doing yard work. His lawn and shrubs were always meticulous. Allie’s hobbies were flying planes, race cars, and sponsoring racers. He had a magnetic personality and everybody loved Allie!
He is survived by the mother of his children and dear friend Jacki Knigge (Steve Mohwinkel) of Marshall; sons Todd (Dawn) Christensen of Marshall and Mark (Nikole) Christensen of Pipestone; grandchildren: Hayley, Alex, Amanda, Tanner, Gabriel, Mary, Caleb, SarahJane, Hannah, and Jacob; great-grandchildren: Sydney, Destin, Ryder, and Emmett; sisters Geraldine Brune of Tyler and ValDonna Jensen of Nevis; sister-in law Betty Christensen of Tyler; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Verlane Christensen, and sisters June James and Lois Gossen.