David W. Christenson

Date of Birth

May 12,1948

Date of Death

Aug 12,2009

David Warner Christenson, age 61, passed from this life to the next in the early morning hours of August 12, 2009 at his home, surrounded by the love of his family. BORN: David was born on May 12, 1948, the son of Harry Warner and Alice May (Carlson) Christenson in Geneva, IL.EARLY YEARS : David grew up less than a mile from where he would raise his own family. He was a "4th generation Genevian" who would eventually raise two more generations in his hometown, and no one could have been prouder.EDUCATION: David attended school in Geneva and graduated with the class of 1966 from Geneva High School. He then went on to attend and graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.MILITARY: David was one of the last people in Kane County to be drafted into the armed services on October 28, 1971. He served his country for two years primarily honoring his fallen brothers on the funeral detail, until his honorable discharge from duty on January 8th, 1973.MARRIAGE Upon his return to civilian life, David took over his father’s business as a wood and metal pattern maker. He met his future wife Barb at Tin Cup Pass in November of 1977. She came in to pick up her friend who was working at the restaurant and caught David’s eye as well. They had their first date a few days later at Pal Joey’s and were eventually married on September 13, 1980 at the Geneva Lutheran Church in Geneva, IL. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: They began their new life together in their house that became the home where they raised their family and made thousands of memories. MEMBERSHIPS He was a very active life-time member of the Geneva Lutheran Church. LIFE NOTES David was an intelligent man who knew "a little about everything" which was evident in his "jack of all trades" persona. David also had a great sense of humor and could make light of any situation in life. He was a great craftsman and could build just about anything with his hands. He built a special table for his sister, all of his children’s bedroom furniture from three White Oak trees he cut down at his father’s house; put a beautiful addition onto his home that has been used for all of the family holidays; remodeled the upstairs and added a patio outside. David had a great love of nature as well as motorcycles which led he and Barb to take the Harley for a "road trip". It took three weeks as they rode along the Canadian border, over to Vancouver, down to Washington and back home. They camped out every night under the stars and just got back to nature. David loved his family and all the memories they made together. From canoeing with his brother-in-law Ed, (even if the canoe tipped over and they got wet) to doing "donuts" in the car with his daughter and her friends, family vacations that took them across the country and beyond, family came first in David\\\’s book. He was always there to help anyone with anything. Everyone admired David’s life, because he did what he wanted to do.SURVIVORS He now leaves his loving wife Barb,Two children:Matthew and Elizabeth;One step daughter Jennifer, One grandson Joseph Michael;His mother Alice of Geneva, One Sister, Karen (Ed) Worst, of Westmont, IL His Mother in law Barbara Hoffman of St. Charles, IL One niece Emma (Ken) Evans of Portland, OR, One nephew Stan (Jessica) of Palatine, IL and a family of friends. PRECEDED He now joins his father Harry and father- in-law, Joseph Hoffman who preceded him in death. VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., Sunday Aug 16, 2009, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held Monday, August 17, 2009, also at the church, at 11 a.m., with a brief visitation from 10:00 to 10:45 prior to the service, Rev. Doug Opp, pastor of the church, will officiate with private family interment following cremation. MEMORIAL In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Geneva Lutheran Church Building Fund. Checks may be made to the "David Christenson Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com., or www.davidwarnerchristenson.com.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., Sunday Aug 16, 2009, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. A funeral to celebrate his life will be held Monday, August 17, 2009, also at the church, at 11 a.m. Rev. , pastor of the church, will officiate.

Private family interment following cremation.

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