Roger Christensen, age 66, of Aurora, formerly of Lincoln, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, October 12th at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Kronborg. Interment will be in the St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery. Military Rites provided by Lester S. Harter Post #42 - Aurora American Legion. Visitation will be from 5 Ė 8 P.M. Thursday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
OBITUARY: ROGER CHRISTENSEN
Roger Dean Christensen, the son of Nels Hans and Frances Louise (Grella) Christensen, was born in Central City, Nebraska on December 28, 1951 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on October 6, 2018, at the age of 66.
He attended the Country School District #21 north of Central City through 2nd grade. The family moved to Marquette and he graduated from Marquette High School in 1970. Roger served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 Ė 1996. When he returned home from active duty in 1978, he served in the Reserves until 1983 then re-enlisted into active duty. Roger was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1996, after proudly serving his country for over 20 years of active duty and 5 years in the Reserves.
Roger was united in marriage to Opal Jensen on December 14, 1975. They have three daughters, Jennifer, Yvonne and Angela. Roger worked for Norland International in Lincoln as a mechanic for 20 years, traveling to many different countries before retiring in 2017. He moved back to Aurora to be closer to family.
Roger was proud to have served his country in the Submarine Force with the elite Navy. He served our country during the Cold War and was stationed on the USS James Monroe, USS Hammerhead, USS Emory S. Land, USS Baltimore, and USS L.Y. Spear. Roger was involved in many organizations that reflected his passion: Treasurer for Nebraska Base US Submarine Veterans Incorporated, Lincoln VFW Post 2, Navy Fleet Reserve Association, American Legion, D.A.V., and the OVER House.
He was preceded in death by his father, infant sister, Joan Teresa and sister, Rachel Brummund.
Those left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Thomas of Central City, Yvonne (Chad) Carlson of Aurora and Angela (JT) Reisdorph of Cedar Falls, Iowa; 8 grandchildren, Kyle & Kaleb Thomas, Kyla, Caden, Jenna and Ryan Carlson, Sydney and Jackson Reisdorph; Opal Christensen of Aurora; mother, Frances of Aurora; two sisters, Rose (Mark) Martin of Hayward, CA and Christine (Christopher) Garraway of KY. He is also survived by his aunt Elvera (Dwight) Willcock of Stockham, aunt, Jayme Grella and many other family members and friends.