Kenneth Christopher

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Kenneth's service will be livestreamed below at 10:00 AM Friday, April 8, 2022.
Ken Christopher threw his watch to the ground and rode “Big Red” – his 1977 Harley Davidson Electra-guide, full dresser with original paint – into heaven on Monday, April 4, 2022. Known for his larger-than-life personality, handsome face and gap-toothed smile, he leaves our hearts grieving, and yet full of warm memories. To Ken, anything could be turned into a joke. Even in the darkest moments, the laughs were within reach and only a perfectly phrased one-liner away. He was so loved. Ken was born on November 29, 1950 in Grand Forks, ND to Wendell and Bertha Christopher, and grew up on a farm in Breckenridge, MN. He learned how to fix machinery from his father, and would surely like you to know that he picked a lot of rocks out of the fields when he was a kid. And caused a lot of trouble for those city slicker kids, with the help of his 10 brothers and sisters. In 1969, with the Vietnam draft having already called several of his brothers, Ken joined the Air National Guard. He trained at Lackland Airforce Base, and then honorably served over the next 6 years as a jet mechanic. He began his civilian mechanical career at a Jaguar shop in Minneapolis. Following this, he moved to Fargo and worked at Edgewood and El Zagal golf courses, fixing the maintenance equipment before gradually moving up to Golf Course Superintendent. He then moved on to supervising the maintenance at Prairiewood and Rosecreek Golf Courses as well as the city’s southside parks. Ken was only 19 when he met the love of his life, a 17-year-old, pretty little tomboy named Margie. They’d been together ever since, taking care of each other, and helping each other accomplish their dreams. Ken loved motorcycles and spent hours fixing and adding chrome to “Big Red,” after which he won bike show competitions in both Fargo and Sturgis, SD. He helped Margie fulfill her dream of buying a horse, and happily slung hay and taxied cold beverages to Margie while she rode horseback on hot days. In the tender moments of his life, he would always speak about how much he loved Margie. He prided himself on his mechanical abilities, and freely offered his services to anyone that needed them. He was the kind of guy that stopped and helped people on the side of the road – whether that was helping to fix a broken down car or motorcycle, or pulling them out of a snowy ditch. He’d drop everything to lend a hand when asked. He was always ready to sweep in and rescue whomever needed rescuing. Sometimes it was his children, and they are forever grateful to him for it. He loved his family, grilling steak and hamburgers in every season (all the while handing you “tasters” of meat while it was cooking) and hanging out in the garage listening to outlaw country. His favorite movie was Easy Rider and he’d joke that it was based on his life. His latest passion was tinkering with his 1959 Cushman Eagle, which he’d recently entered into the FM Crusaders bike show with the help of his wife, family and friends. Ken helped found Fargo’s chapter of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) in 1986. Later, Ken and several friends began an annual motorcycle run that benefited the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was his happiest after a good ride. He loved talking to people, counseling people, and letting them know to “not worry about the small stuff.” He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing “Seven Spanish Angels” to his daughter and wasn’t afraid of breaking out the dance moves. He passed down his love of motorcycles to his son, and would even board an airplane with a bag full of tools to work on his son’s motorcycle or car. He has left behind his loving wife, Margie, son Chad (Erin) Christopher and daughter Rebecca (Jake) Wirtzfeld and much adored grandchildren Lulu, Anika, Valrik, Neala and Joey. He’s left his good friend and father-in-law, Gene Pfaff, as well as many other much loved family and friends. We have lost a true samaritan. He is also survived by siblings Marlys (Rodger) Haugen, Ron (Laura) Christopher, Don Christopher, Tim (Bev) Christopher, Barbara Christopher, David Christopher, Richard (Cheryl) Christopher and Greg Christopher. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Ray (Josie) Christopher and Dennis (Diane) Christopher, as well as his mother-in-law Sheila (Gene) Pfaff.

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  1. Margie and family, I’m so so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. He will be missed dearly. Sending prayers and hugs to all🙏

  2. Margie an family, we are saddened by the loss of Ken, he’ll be missed by whoever’s path he crossed. Always enjoyed our get togethers. If there’s anything you need, I’m there for you. Love ya!

  3. We send the family our deepest condolences and a very strong hug in these moments of great sadness. Ken we will miss you, he rests in peace and may God keep you in his holy glory.

  4. Margie, So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He is riding the roads in heaven!
    Denny and Cathy

  5. Margie and Family, So very sad to hear about Kenny. We had some awesome car
    and motorcycle times. Putting sidecars together. Know for sure that Kenny is in Heaven
    telling a story, with that shit eating grin, and has them all laughing.

  6. I knew Ken in high School as he was the brother of my friend Tim Christopher. Ken was a funny person, always joking. My thoughts and prayers to his family and siblings.

  7. Kenny was a great man. He was always there to help his friends. If he wasn’t cheering on the Vikings h he was talking about Harleys. Margie my heart is broken for you and your family. 💔

  8. My favorite memory’s: Bike shows visiting and that smile. Helping get brother Bruce’s last birthday off without a hitch! You will be missed my friend Ken! Marge you picked a good one! My heart is sad for you and your family!

  9. Margie and family we are so sorry too hear about Kenny. He was a great guy and fun to chat with! He will be missed! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  10. We are so very sorry for your loss, the entire team at Elevated Technologies wish your family comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  11. Love you Ken. Thanks for being an awesome uncle and making all of us cousins childhood’s a little wild and crazy. Miss you, but I’m glad you are home now and done with the battle.

    When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared
    There was thunder from the throne
    And seven Spanish Angels
    Took another angel home

  12. Thank you Ken for the brief time I knew you. I enjoyed showing our Cushman scooters together. Rest in peace and my deepest condolences to your family.

  13. To Margie and Family, I’m extremely saddened to hear the passing of Kenny. He was one of my brothers most dearest friends, and I can still hear the two of them in Vance’s garage telling stories, making UP stories, and laughing until the sun went down. I so enjoyed Kenny as well – that smile, those dancing eyes, and saw that compassionate heart he had. I too, heard of his love for you Margie. You were his everything, and I’m so sorry for your loss. May all of your memories, your faith, and your family and friends help carry thru today, and always. Rest in peace Kenny, kiss my brother, and make the Heavens glow with your presence/spirit as you so did here on Earth.

  14. My sympathy to the family as you grieve your loss. I have lots of good memories of family times together.
    I will cherish those memories.

  15. Prayers to all family and friends of Kenny. Kenny was a good man and such a joy to be around and full of laughs always. Many great memories. We will miss him dearly.

  16. I loved working for Ken at Edgewood. I have so many fond memories and stories of the many antics that went on at Edgewood in the 80’s. They were great times. I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend his service and share some stories. Ken acted really tough, but under neath that gruff exterior was a kind hearted and friendly man!

    My thoughts and prayers are with Margie and family.

    I will never forget Ken and how he helped me working at Fargo Parks! He should have fired me, but he didn’t and am so thankful he did not.


    Clay Whittlesey

  17. Maggie and family my thoughts and prayers with. Sorry to hear the loss of Ken. Park district lost 2 hard working men. Ken and Mike wolf. Mike passed away December 30, 2021. Memories from all the gatherings at park district picnic. Mikes funeral will be on June 23, at. St Anthony’s church 11 a.m. god bless you.

  18. No words will ever ease your loss. It’s hard to talk to a patient and their family while dealing with this giant void. We poured our hearts into taking care of Ken. We are thinking of him and your family always. So many thoughts and prayers going to your family!

  19. I will never forget the sound of big red idling in the driveway of our Greenfield homes at 0700 on a weekend morning! Both Jeff and I enjoyed Ken’s sense of humor, willingness to help with anything he could and always, ALWAYS having a big grin on his face. He definitely was a one of a kind guy! Sending love and thoughts to you Margie and your family. May you find peace and comfort in his lasting memories!

  20. One GREAT guy. Been years since we talked but a person one never forgets. So darn sorry to hear of his passing.
    So glad we got to know you.

  21. My prayers go out to you Margie and family. Ken was such a fun-loving, cheerful guy. I will always remember that smile of his.

  22. He was a great friend to grow up with in grade school and
    High school. I wish I would have seen him more after graduation.

  23. We are so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Margie and family.
    Tim and Nancy

  24. I’m so sorry for your loss of Ken, it was so good to have some very nice visits with him and how much He thought of his Cushman scooter. I will miss him.

  25. Sad to see you go, Uncle Kenny. We will miss your infectious laugh. Have a great ride up there!

  26. My heart goes out to Margie, kids and family in the loss of Kenny He was a great friend to all and filled with laughter and stories He will be missed by many RIP Ken “Easy Rider”

  27. Tom and Bev Wirtzfeld here, after having just viewed Ken’s “celebration of life”, online. It was so very touching and well done. It is obvious that he had a LIFE WELL LIVED and Bev and I are grateful for having known him through Jake Wirtzfeld and Becky, just briefly over the last few years. Although he will be missed, he will be LONG REMEMBERED, and his memory cherished by all who knew him.

  28. You will always ride at my side.
    Thank you for the years of great memories, sharing your knowledge, and taking the time to just be a friend. I will truly miss you ol friend

  29. With deepest sympathy Margie, to you and your family. May your memories be a source of peace. Thinking of you Mary English 6 Main

  30. I have nothing but fond memories growing up and going to school with Ken. He was a fellow motorhead and always had a smile. My condolences to his family and friends.

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