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Darrell Christensen

April 29, 1926 - August 05, 2019

Visitation

August 12, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM

Atonement Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

August 12, 2019
- 12:30 PM

Atonement Lutheran Church

Arrangements

Boulger Funeral Home

Darrell Christensen

April 29, 1926 - August 05, 2019

Obituary

Darrell R. Christensen was born on April 29, 1926 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson, ND to Peter and Bertha (Christensen) Christensen, originally of Denmark. He passed away peacefully Monday, August 5thsurrounded by family at Elim of Fargo. Darrell experienced many adventures in his 93 years of life, and loved to tell tales of all he had accomplished.

After attending school in Dickinson, ND, Darrell went to live with his sister in Westwood, CA. where he worked for the Western Pacific Railroad and the Red River Lumber Mill and Logging Company. Later he went to Seattle, WA to build destroyers for the Seattle Tacoma Shipyards. When each destroyer was completed, Darrell was able to ride the ship before turning it over, inspiring him join the Navy. Since he was underage at the time, he had to send a telegram to his family for approval.

Darrell served his boat training at Camp Bennion and Naval Training Camp at Farraget, ID, before being shipped to San Diego, CA and then on to Camp Shoemaker, and Treasure Island. He was then assigned to the U.S.S. General R.L. Howze in the South Pacific and later the U.S.S. Nassau Aircraft Carrier, in which he left for Mariana and Marshall Islands to join the fleet of Admiral Halsey. During his tour of duty in the South Pacific and northern China, he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal with 3 Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 star, and the WWII Victory Medal. At the time of the Peace Signing Treaty with Japan, Darrell’s ship went to Tsingtoa, China and helped liberate the area, later receiving the China Liberation Medal from General Chiang Kai-shek.
Darrell was discharged in 1946 at Bremerton, WA, with the rank of Coxswain. He was the Petty Officer of the 1st Division and Gun Captain of the 40mm. Gun Turret. After being discharged, Darrell pursued the Electrical and Refrigeration field.

On April 29, 1949 he married his friend whom he met the previous year, Beatrice Beckler in her family’s church in Scranton, ND. They had four children together and remained married for 70 wonderful years, until his death.
The Coast to Coast Store Furniture and Hardware then gave Darrell a position running the store, which he managed from 1949 until 1954 when the Standard Oil Company of Indiana offered him a position. This moved the family to Carrington, ND, where they lived for 10 years. While in Carrington, Darrell belonged to the Flying Club Corporation and owned a Cessna 150. He also belonged to the Carrington Traveling Member Association. His growing career eventually brought the family to Jamestown, ND and then on to Fargo, ND, where Darrell worked until his retirement in 1984.

Darrell had been a life member in the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, all of Fargo, Elks Lodge, Jamestown, Americans that Enlisted Underage, Red River Danes, and long standing member of the Pilots Silver Wings Fraternity.
He is survived by his wife: Bea Christensen, Fargo, ND; two daughters: Lynn Elliot, Fargo, ND, Kristine Malmberg (Mark), Fargo, ND; son: Douglas J. Christensen, Phoenix, AZ; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; brother; Donald L. Christensen (Patricia), Bloomington, MN

Preceded in death by parents, sisters Neva Christensen and Ruby Jeffrey, granddaughter Tina, and son Curtis.

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12 responses to “Darrell Christensen”

  1. Missy Froeber says:

    Kristine,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  2. Julie Lambrecht(Bergo) says:

    I am so sad to hear about Darrell! I have so many wonderful memories of the Christensen’s and Park Drive!!!
    Julie Lambrecht(Bergo)

  3. Rachel Arneson (Roel) says:

    I feel very blessed to have grown up with Darrell, Bea, and Kristi!
    Such a wonderful family!
    I will miss Darrell very much, but feel confident that we will all see each other again!!

  4. Julie Sauter says:

    Uncle Darrell, I will miss your sharp mind, engaging conversation and, of course, your laugh.

  5. Laura Harrison and Shirley Givens says:

    We are so sorry to hear the sad news of Darrell’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Beatrice and the family.
    His quick wit and ready smile will be greatly missed!

  6. Nancy Moore says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your dad passing away Kristine . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family♥️🙏

  7. Keith Johnson says:

    Donna and I remember Darrell as my territory rep. Very nice person

  8. Gary and Connie Bakke says:

    Lynn – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. (We are thinking of you)..

  9. Glenn Williams says:

    I was sorry to hear about Darrell. He was such a treat to be around.
    My prayers are with you.

  10. Betty Schoephoerster says:

    BEA – I am sorry for your loss. Also sorry I was unable to attend Darrel’s funeral today. My thoughts were with you.

  11. Jackie Williams says:

    A true hero, thank you for your service from all of is at Fargo Air Museum.

  12. Anna Catalano says:

    I came across this obituary as I write my annual Christmas cards. I didn’t receive one from Darrell last year (first time in over 30 years) and so I was afraid of what I’d find. I’m tremendously saddened to learn of his passing, but feel so privileged to have known him and to have worked with him in ND when I started my career. He was a gentleman, and he and his wife Bea welcomed me often to their home. Darrell was particularly interested in my upbringing as a Chinese-American because of his experience during the war, and told some of the best stories on our drives across the state to our meetings in Bismarck.

    Rest in peace, my friend.

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