Javis “Jay” Earl Christensen

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, April 29, 1925
Date of Death:
Monday, January 27, 2020
Age:
94 years old

Visitation

Date: Saturday February 08, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday February 08, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Bethel Lutheran Church [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, April 29, 1925
Date of Death:
Monday, January 27, 2020
Age:
94 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, April 29, 1925
Date of Death:
Monday, January 27, 2020
Age:
94 years old

Javis “Jay” Earl Christensen

Jay Christensen passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Arbor Terrace Memory Care. He was born in Rochester, Minnesota, on April 29, 1925. He was the only child of Inger and Albert Christensen.

He grew up and attended school in Rochester. Jay enlisted in the Army Air Corp as a senior in high school. He completed basic and advanced training to fly B-52 bombers. The war ended before he saw active duty.

Following the war, Jay returned to Rochester, working beside his father in the construction business, building over 30 homes in his lifetime.

Jay left the construction business to work at the Rochester State Hospital where he advanced from a cabinet maker to the Director of Plant Operations. He retired after 30 years of service during which time, he was responsible for the physical closure of the facility in 1982.

Jay married Donna Templeton in Tracy, Minnesota on November 1, 1947. He was a master woodworking craftsman. For many years he designed and built custom made furniture for Dayton’s Furniture Department in Rochester. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, camping, bowling and traveling with Donna.  He was a lifetime member of Bethel Lutheran Church, member of the Rochester Bowling Hall of Fame and long-standing member of the Elks Lodge #1091.

Jay is survived by his children, Marty (Janet) Christensen, Deer River, Minnesota; Karla (John) Lester, Estherville, Iowa and Sue (Tom) Jamar, Hibbing, Minnesota; six grandchildren Andy (Sophia) Christensen, Tyler Christensen, Emily (Andy) Inman, Derrick Lester, Kyle Jamar, Erin Jamar, and one great granddaughter Lucia Christensen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife in 2006.

Funeral services will take place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 8 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota.  Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice, Rochester Minnesota (www.seasonshospice.org) or Bethel Lutheran Church (www.bethellutheran.org).

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 Marty & Janet, Carla, and Suzy!! I’m so sorry for your loss, Papa J & Mama D  were such a wonderful influence in the lives of the Jacobs family. If Jake was here we’d be in Rochester to say goodbye to your dad. At least your dad will be with your mother again. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this heartbreaking time.


Jill Jacobs Woodward


Bella Vista, Arkansas

I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful friend to my father Berdine Erickson. He made several pieces of furniture for our childhood home. I have a walnut clock that your father made here in my home in Tucson. May you all gather together in peace and love. 

It was a honor knowing your dad. Prayers to your family.