Sturtevant – Daniel Christ Christensen, 59, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center after suffering a stroke last week.
A lifetime resident, Dan was born in Racine on July 19, 1950, to the late Wilfred “Bunny” and Betty (nee: Storbeck) Christensen. He graduated from JI Case High School in 1969.
At age 30, he enlisted to serve his country with the United States Army as a communications specialist. On March 24, 1984, he was united in marriage with Mari Susan (nee: Christman).
Along with Mari, he owned and operated J.Q. Foxes in Sturtevant for the past 23 years – where they established countless lifelong friendships. Dan had a great passion for helping others, especially by organizing benefit gatherings which raised thousands of dollars for numerous local charities and for people in need. He was a member of the Harley Owners Group, ABATE of Wisconsin (fighting for motorcyclists' rights), Old Timers Athletic Club, and proudly supported local veterans' organizations. Dan was extremely artistic, enjoyed touring the open roads on his Harley, and will be fondly remembered for his witty sense of humor. Above all, he loved people and was happiest when in the midst of his entire family and extensive circle of friends.
Surviving are his loving wife of over 25 years, Mari; children, Claresa Christensen, Christ Christensen, Warren Dahlke and Ty (Cara) Christensen; grandchildren, Andrew, Garret, Nathan, Lauren, Aaron, Sean, Alyssa, Anastasia, Christa, Andrea and was anxiously awaiting the birth of his eleventh; sisters and brothers, Anna (Daniel) Larsen, Pamela (Rick) Franke, Timothy Christensen, Denise (Scott) Rude, Laura (Mike) Hayne, Sally (Rodney) Holmdahl, William (Karen) Christensen and Carl (Eileen) Christensen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barbara (Arnie) Christiansen, Robert (Susan) Christman, Bill (Kitty) Christman, Daniel (Julie) Christman, Thomas Christman and Sheila Christman; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and extended family from the bar-too numerous to mention by name. In addition to his parents, Wilfred “Bunny” and Betty; Dan was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Linda Patterson.
Funeral services, with military honors, will be held in the funeral home on Sunday, September 27, 2009, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home from 12 – 3 p.m. A motorcycle procession to the funeral home will take place on Sunday – all bikes should meet at JQ Foxes by 11:30 a.m. Memorials to the “Dan Christensen Memorial Fund” have been suggested – for distribution to Dan’s favorite charities.
A special note of thanks to South Shore Police & Rescue, Wheaton Franciscan Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit, especially Dan’s caring angel - Jenny RN, for doing everything in their powers in trying to save Dan’s life. Your kindness and compassionate support will always be remembered.
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000