Rudolph (Shorty) J. Christensen, age 73, died on June 12, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Fargo, ND. He was born in Cooperstown, ND on December 26, 1941, the son of Hans and Minnie Christensen. He grew up on a farm SE of Dazey and attended Bennett Country School and Dazey Public School graduating from North Central High School in 1960. Shorty entered the Army in 1961, served in West Germany and West Berlin, and was honorably discharged in 1963. He went to work for Surplus Tractor in Fargo until 1983, when he accepted a Sales Manager position with S. Cohn & Sons in Indianapolis. He married Delores (Susie) Myers on June 19, 1965. They made their home in Fargo until 1984 when they moved to Indianapolis. Shorty returned to Fargo when he retired in 1998. He is survived by his son, Dale (Chantell), daughter, Janine Walker, three grand-children, Jordon Christensen, Tyler Walker, Cara Walker, and a great-grandson, Ilias Christensen. He is also survived by a brother, LeRoy (Pat) Christensen, mother-in-law, Lila Myers, sisters-in-law, Gloria Ochsher, Janice Myers, Darlene Christensen, brother-in-law, Curtis (Betty) Myers, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie, his parents, Hans and Minnie Christensen, father-in-law, Glen Myers, brother, Lyle Christensen, and brother-in-law, Alvin. Graveside Services will be held on June 18 at 2pm at the Dazey Cemetery.

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  1. Very sorry to hear Shorty passed away. We stay close for many of years on the phone. He is in a better place now with Sussie and Iam sure they are Happy.

  2. Dale, Chana & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

  3. Dear Dale and Janine,
    it was of sincere sadness that we were reading the Forum today and saw Shorty’s picture and read of his passing. The memories came flooding back to a much earlier and happier time. Our days, years spent with your father are held still as fresh as yesterday in our hearts. Although we have not been in touch for years, the past may be just that but will never diminish what we feel about your dad.
    Know that these words and the card we send may be inadequate during this period in your lives, but we hope that it will help to lesson the sorry, the pain, and express the love we have for you and your dad.
    The old camping buddies,
    Jim and Paulette Wilm

  4. May you rest in peace Shorty…our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. Condolences sent from the Tharaldson family.

  5. Dear Dale and Janine….
    Carolyn just called to let me know about your dad. You may not remember us but we are your dad’s cousins from Minnesota. Our dad and your grandfather, Hans, were brothers. Hans and our dad were raised apart. Your grandfather being raised by your great Grandfather (John) while our dad was raised in Minneapolis by their mom, Marie. We did have an opportunity to meet your family one year when we had a family reunion in Minnesota at my sister’s lake home outside of Perham, MN. It was such a great adventure meeting family we really didn’t know existed. You two were really young at the time.
    Carolyn and I want to let you know how much our hearts and prayers go out to you. May God watch over you and your families giving you peace and comfort.
    If you would like to get in contact with us Carolyn can be reached at 49184 Big Pine Rd. Perham, MN 56573 or Lynn 440 Quail Lane Roseburg, OR 97471

  6. So sorry to learn of Short’y’s passing. It has been a few years since we visited and at that time I saw him at his apartment in Fargo. Being his classmate in the Dazey Scholl we shared a lot of good memories, He was one of my best friends from our early days and I’m proud to say so. We shared many of the same classes and various school functions.
    He was vary proud of all of you and beamed as he showed me the ;photo’s of you all. We will all miss him but always remember him. RIP Shorty, we will meet again…….Dale Lausch.

  7. Our family is so deeply sorry for the loss of your father. My dad met Shorty while working at Surplus Tractor & a friendship developed. We have so many fond memories of camping trips to Itasca State Park, Punkies bar stops & our parents just sharing life & having fun together. Your dad will always have a special place in our memories & in our hearts. He was a fun loving guy who will be greatly missed. Trish Olson (Marvins daughter).

  8. I was saddened to read of Shorty’s death. My dad Virgel Tableman was a patient in the CLC Unit from January 7th until he passed away on February 12th at the age of 91. “Shorty” and my dad were lunch buddies and somehow formed a “bond” right from the start. Shorty always greeted me with a smile, a story, a friendly handshake. My dad, a WWII Veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, had fallen breaking his hip and then encountered other comorbidities including pneumonia which lead to his demise. As my dad was in failing health, MANY times “Shorty” would come wheeling by his room telling us that he missed his lunch partner, asking how my dad was, and continually telling us he was praying for him and what a gallant man my dad was and how much he enjoyed hearing/sharing his stories. The day my father passed Shorty stopped at the nurses stationand had them page the chaplain. They both came into dad’s room and we all held hands and prayed for my dad. After my dad passed, I asked Shorty if he minded if I came to visit occasionally and he answered with that sheepish smile of his “Of course I would love you to come see me!!”. Your father touched my heart in a way I can’t explain. My deepest sympathies go out to your entire family cherish your many fond memories of a man who in my eyes had a heart that filled his entire body and faith to match. Rest in Peace Shorty enjoy visiting with my dad again and tell him I miss him every single day of my life.

  9. I’m so very sorry to hear about the passing of Shorty. I’m a volunteer at the VA (fall through spring) on Saturday Evenings for their meals just to help out. Shorty was quick with a joke, smile, and a laugh after I asked a question. He could put a smile on a person’s face so quickly! I’m so greatful to have met Shorty. Even if it was a short time in knowing him. I’ll miss his smile, jokes, and lines when I’m back at the VA. May you RIP, Shorty, God Bless You.


  10. I truly enjoyed working with your dad at the VA,I miss him a lot!I will never forget the circus outing he went on with me and the recreational therapist,He said he hated it but I saw him actually laughing and smiling during it.
    He will be missed.Vicki W (Restorative Nurse,CLC)

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