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Marvin "Chris" Christensen

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Marvin "Chris" Christensen, age 98, of Pocahontas, formerly of Gilmore City, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Pocahontas Manor in Pocahontas.

Funeral Services were Saturday, Dec. , at the United Methodist Church in Gilmore City, with Rev. Charles Luers officiating.

Graveside services and burial were held at the Buena Vista Memorial Cemetery.

Powers Funeral Home in Pocahontas handled the arrangements.

Marvin Christensen was born Jan. 15, 1914, in Callender. He was the son of Edward and Marie (Hansen) Christensen. He graduated from Varina High School and then put himself through college. He graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and continued his education at Iowa State University receiving a B.S. in Vocational Agriculture. He then attended Drake University receiving a Masters Degree in Education. Marvin was a teacher in many locations and grades. While teaching in Brook he met his wife, Lucille.

Marvin married Lucille Saathoff at Storm Lake United Methodist Church on Sept. 19, 1942. Marvin worked for the County Agriculture Extension Service in Thompson, and then operated a hatchery in Washington. In 1950, Marvin and Lucille settled in Gilmore City where Marvin taught vocational agriculture. Marvin was a member of the United Methodist Church. He loved learning new things. He was a HAM radio operator, WDDCF, for over 30 years. Marvin especially enjoyed gardening and maintained a garden at his home until 2010 when he and his wife Lucy moved to Arlington Place in Pocahontas.

Marvin is survived in death by his wife, Lucille of Pocahontas; daughters, Marcia (Carl) Porter of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Judy (Larry) Skibsted of Galva; six grandchildren; three great-granddaughters and a daughter-in-law, Cindy Gardner of Norwalk.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Edgar and Larry; brothers, John, Sophus, Carl and John Pershing Christensen; sisters, Edith Robins, Agnes Anderson and Eva Lou Jensen; a grandson, James Porter and infant great-granddaughter, Lucy Porter.