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Marv Christensen age 80 of Laurel

Posted: 30 September, 2013

Funeral services for Marv Christensen age 80 of Laurel will be held at the United Lutheran Church in Laurel on Friday at 10:30 a.m. with Officiate Rev. Lynn Qualm. Visitation will be held at the United Lutheran Church in Laurel on   Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. He passed away Monday at the Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel. Arrangements with Hasemann Funeral Home of Laurel.

On April 20, 1933 Marvin was born in his home South of Laurel.  He is the second of 4 children born to Chris and Ellen (Jackobsen) Christensen.   He attended rural school and later graduated from Laurel Public School in 1950.
On December 4, 1960, Marvin married Mary Ann Paulsen at United Lutheran Church in Laurel, where they lived and enjoyed  52 years of marriage.
Marvin had a passion for hard work; he especially loved farming which he started immediately after graduating from high school.  In 1974 he saw a local need for additional grain storage and markets and built North Side Grain.  In 1983 Marvin made the decision to sell the grain elevator as farming was his first love.  He sold North Side Grain which has continued to serve the local community. 
Marvin loved to fish with fishing buddies, family, and especially his grandchildren. He and Mary Ann also loved to travel and were privileged to see many places in God’s beautiful world.  Most of all he loved time spent with family.
He was actively involved in worship and activities at United Lutheran Church.  Marvin also enjoyed being part of the Via de Cristo.    He was passionate about his community and wanted to promote growth in the city of Laurel where he served on the board that started the Laurel Community Foundation.
Grateful for having shared in Marvin’s life are his wife, Mary Ann of Laurel, 4 children Beverly (Robert) Dahlquist of Laurel, Arnold(Jana) Christensen of Lincoln, Nebraska, Erick (Deanna) Christensen of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Rebecca (Michael) Beitelspacher of Le Mars, Iowa. 10 grandchildren, Katlyn (Ian) Engebretsen Omaha, Ne, Taryn Dahlquist and Corryn Dahlquist of Laurel, Ne, Nathan and Jason Christensen of Lincoln, Ne, Noelle and Elias Christensen of Fredericksburg, Texas,  Emma, Anna, and Ashlely Beitelspacher of Le Mars, Iowa.  Sisters Alice Gieseler of Vista, California and Margot (Harvey) Sorensen of Creighton, Ne and sister in law Mildred Christensen of Norfolk, Ne., Nieces, nephews and friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents Chris and Ellen, one brother, Carl; father and mother in law Paul and Mary Paulsen and brother in law, Arnold Gieseler.
On September 30, 2013 Marvin passed away at the age of 80 years.  He courageously battled Parkinson’s disease for 15 years.

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