OREGON-Dallas Lowell Christensen, age 77, of Oregon, passed away at his daughter, Rhonda and son in-law, Dennis' home where he has resided for the last seven years.
He passed away on Jan. 28, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 19, 1936, in Madison, the son of Leslie and Leota (Short) Christensen. Dallas was a graduate of Oregon High School, class of 1955. In 1956, Dallas married Catherine "Kitty" Olson, and remained in the Town of Oregon raising four wonderful daughters. He retired from Bancroft Dairy where he worked for 30+ years; he also served as the Town of Oregon Chairman for 18 years until he was in a tragic deer hunting accident in 1998 that left him paralyzed with limited ability to communicate.
His hobbies and interests prior to the accident included his beloved farm, deer hunting, and spending time at his cabin. He also enjoyed watching the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Even after 15 years of being debilitated, Dallas always showed determination, positive energy, and love for life and never stopped trying to improve and work towards new goals. He always enjoyed a good laugh and was thankful for the opportunity to receive care at his daughter's home in the country where he could watch the cows and the horses. He could often be found sitting outside in the sun, with his best friend, a very special Weimaraner named Easton who was his protector and his right-hand man.
Dallas was known as a truly genuine, fair and practical man. He was and continues to be an inspiration to all. Some may also remember him for his ability to cobble just about anything.
Dallas always valued the time with family and friends when they stopped into visit. He was blessed to be able to see his grandchildren grow up, watch three of them get married and witness all of their separate journeys begin.
Dallas is survived by his one and only love, his wife, Catherine "Kitty" (Olson) Christensen of Oregon; daughters, Leota Christensen (Derek Olin) of Goodyear, Ariz., Heidi Landphier of Madison, Brenda (Jody) Close of River Falls, and Rhonda (Dennis) LaFlash of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Scott Close, Lacey (Juan) Mejia, Riley (Crystal) Close, Chase O'Brien, Margo LaFlash (Jon Kann), and Paige LaFlash; sister, Nahldean (Bill) Maher; brothers, Lennis (Edith) Christensen and Wendall (Marge) Christensen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie & Leota Christensen; father and mother In-law, Ernest "Red" and Garnett Olson; his son-in-law, Phil O'Brien; and his very close friend, Joe Jones.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.1, 2014, with Father Timothy Jones LC presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday.
The family would like to extend their appreciation and are forever grateful to those who went above and beyond for Dad throughout his journey.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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