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Calvin (Cal) Christensen

Calvin (Cal) Christensen

Calvin Stewart (Cal) Christensen, 86, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013. Cal was born in Worthington, Minnesota, on August 10, 1926. He most recently resided at The Meadows in Worthington.

Cal graduated from Worthington High School in 1944. He proudly served in the army during World War 2. He married Jean Smith October 2, 1949, at the Summit Lake Presbyterian Church in Reading, Minnesota. They resided in Fairmont until 2000, when they returned to their hometown. During the early years of their marriage, Cal drove a delivery truck for Old Home Bread. He then sold insurance with New York Life. Cal started his own business, Cal's Carpet Cleaning in the late 1960's, in which he took great pride. He sold the business and retired in 1986.

Cal took great pride in the accomplishments of his grandchildren. Their visits to Grandpa's created many memories. They remember him as the generous, kind-hearted, funny, gentle man who took an active interest in their lives.

While living in Fairmont, Cal played golf, enjoyed his coffee groups, fished, and was always ready for a game of cards. Watching sports was an important part of his life, knowing there was a sport for every season. ESPN's birth was a highlight in Cal's life. He was a passionate fan of the Gophers, Twins, and Vikings. Cal and Jean had season tickets to the NorthStars and Gopher football for many years. Cal was always looking for a bargain, and eBay became another of his pastimes.

Cal was a member of the First Congregational Church in Fairmont for 50 years. They joined the Westminster Presbyterian Church when they moved back to Worthington. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, and the VFW.

Those left with wonderful memories of Cal include his daughter, Dawn Parker (Mick), of Iowa Falls, Iowa, and two grandchildren, Kelly Jean (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Bryan (Cedar Falls, Iowa). Also surviving is a brother, Mike Christensen, of Texas, and six sisters-in-law, including Joyce Rogers, Essie (John) Boltjes, Pudge (Larry) Comnick, Duff Bertrand, Corky (Richard) Robinson, all of Worthington, and Sandy (Larry) Brouwer of Edgerton. He is remembered by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. Cal treasured friendships with many friends from both “hometowns,” those he met on winter travels to Texas, and new friends at The Meadows.

Cal was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jean, four sisters: Lavina, Helen, Mabel, Evelyn, and two brothers, Ray and Eddie.

Visitation will be at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington Wednesday, July 31, 5:00-7:00 PM. Graveside military rites and burial will be at the Worthington Cemetery at 1:00 PM Thursday, August 1. A service to celebrate Cal's life will follow at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington at 2:00 PM, followed by a time of fellowship.