Carl Christenson Jr.

Posted Online: July 03, 2014, 5:54 pm
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Carl V. Christenson Jr., 84, of Moline, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date in Britt, Iowa, next to his grandparents. Memorials may be made in care of Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
Carl started life in Kanawha, Iowa, on Oct. 9, 1929, a son of Carl V. Sr. and Marie J. Christensen Christenson, where he was raised a farm boy. He married LaVera J. Williams on Nov. 6, 1948, and moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he started his family. He had six boys and two girls.
For 20 years, Carl and his family moved around Iowa where he worked as a salesman. He lived in the Quad-Cities for 44 years, where he was a Kirby Distributor and floral delivery driver for Hy-Vee. He truly loved delivering flowers.
Carl enjoyed gardening and sales shopping.
Survivors include his children (and spouses), William K. Christenson, St. Petersburg, Fla., Todd J. (Barbara) Christenson, Davenport, Cary V. Christenson, St. Petersburg, Paul E. (Joy) Christenson, San Diego, Calif., and Tracy M. Christenson-Nutt, Cord R. Christenson and Carolyn E. (Jon Calahan) Fitzgerald, all of Des Moines; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rhonda (Eugene) Berhow and Ramona (Dave) Kabrick, both of Britt; and brothers, Randy (Ramona) Wright, Britt, and James Christenson, Des Moines.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott E. Christenson; sister, Carla Christenson-Bierman; and mother of his children, LaVera Jean Williams.
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