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Harley G. Christenson, 90

Harley G. Christenson, 90, of Ellsworth, died Sunday, May 24, at Fairview Red Wing Hospital. Harley was born on March 13, 1919, in Ellsworth, the son of Martin and Gunda (Halverson) Christenson.

He served in the U. S Army, with distinction during WWII, serving in Asiatic-Pacific Theater, receiving a Purple Heart in the line of duty and a Bronze Star.

Harley married Myrtle Hanson on Sept. 19, 1946. During his working life he worked for the Pierce County Highway Department and farmed in the Moeville area. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on his yard and spending time with his kids and grandkids. Harley was a member of Bethel Covenant Church and a life member of Kinne-Englehart American Legion Post #204, Ellsworth, and VFW in Red Wing.

Harley is survived by his wife, Myrtle, of Ellsworth; two children, Ellie (Tom) Gilbertson, Menomonie, Wis.; Roger (Sharon) Christenson, Ellsworth, Wis.; five grandchildren, Jeffery, Michael, Tanya, Deana and Brent; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Glenn Christenson, Beldenville; and sister, Marcella Hanson, Ellsworth.

His parents and sisters, Shirley Glaus and Mary Ann Herum preceded him in death.

Funeral services for Harley will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Bethel Covenant Church, Ellsworth. Rev. Greg Fondell will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends and family were invited to call at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m., and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jeffrey Gilbertson, Michael Gilbertson, and Brent Christenson; great-grandsons, Aaron Gilbertson, Brandon Gilbertson, Wesley Gilbertson, and Justin Gilbertson.

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Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth, is assisting the family.