Tuesday, August 4, 1931
Date of Death:
Sunday, March 31, 2019
87 years old
Richard Earl “Chris” Christopherson, age 87, of Rochester, MN died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Richard was born August 4, 1931, in Regent, ND, the son of Kenneth and Clara (Harth) Christopherson. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1950. He honorably served in the US Army Medical Corps. He was stationed in Germany for a year and a half. When he returned home, he worked for Mayo Clinic as an X-ray Technician for 43 years. He was united in marriage to Venetia “Sis” Lampman on August 4, 1951 in Rochester. He was very active in the Rochester community, coaching youth hockey, baseball, and football for many years. He was also First President of the Youth Hockey Association in Rochester. During those years, he was instrumental in raising funds for the building of Graham Arena. Chris and Sis lived in their dream home on Lake Zumbro for 38 years, until returning to Rochester. He was very involved with the Senior Center, and won the Mayor’s Award in 2009 for services to the elderly. Chris and Sis were voted representatives of Senior Volunteerism in Olmsted County at the Minnesota State Fair.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Richard is survived by his wife, Venetia “Sis” of Rochester; children: Scott Christopherson of Rochester, and Dan (Laurie) Christopherson of Oronoco, MN; grandchildren: Jamie (Matthew) Lambert of Rochester, Sumer (Dustin) Gullickson of Rochester; great-grandchildren: Sydney Christopherson, Maddox Christopherson, Holland Christopherson, and Leland Gullickson; brother, Robert (Margaret) Christopherson of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM in River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, MN, with Rev. Nicklas Mezacapa officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.
Memorials are preferred to Rochester Youth Hockey.
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We are so sorry. Our dearest thoughts are with you. This is a difficult time for you, we know; always remember the many fun times you and Chris had over the long years of your marriage. Our love is with you always.
Very sorry to hear about your father, Scott. I hope you have many great memories.
Sis and family,
Our hearts & sympathy go out to you. As long time neighbors with Sis & Chris on Lake Zumbro, we have many many fond memories. Our son Jesse practically grew up with their grand daughter Jamie. It seemed we also shared a dog with them along with the rest of the neighborhood called Murphy. Chris would let Murphy lay in front of their fireplace on an occasional winter night until they went to bed, then would send him home. Their kitchen was often the meeting place for happy hour where a few Pfeiffer beers might of been consumed. The neighborhood hasn't been the same since they moved to Rochester. Occasionally, we'd see Chris & Sis drive out to look at the home they lived in for many years & they would stop to see us. As luck would have it, Sheldon & our son Jesse got to see Chris the day he died. Chris was one of the nicest people we've ever known. Thanks for the memories.
Dear Scott, Dan, Mrs Christopherson and family,
I was sorry to read of the death of your father and husband. While I haven’t seen Chris in years, I have very fond memories of him through my childhood and in my early years at Mayo Clinic. I remember watching Scott and Dan as hockey players I admired at Cooke Park and JM and always seeing Chris at the games, in the arena, at the park... He was always warm and gracious with me and with other kids, even though we didn’t know him well. I remember seeing him while we both worked at Mayo and feeling proud that we both worked at the same place.
I am sure this is a very difficult time for you, and I hope you are able to mostly focus on your countless great memories with him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.