Obituaries Keith W. Christensen

Keith W. Christensen, 73, died Sunday, May 22, 2005 at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Keith Wayne Christensen was born on June 13, 1931 near Revillo, to Harry and Frances (Hansen) Christensen. In eighth grade he moved with his family to Pomona, CA, where he graduated from Pomona High School in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954, having been stationed in Germany. On June 22, 1955 he was united in marriage to Ann F. Brehmer at Bellingham, MN. They farmed for a time near Revillo before moving to Sioux Falls.

He started his career in law enforcement with the Sioux Falls Police Department where he was one of the first officers in South Dakota to have a K-9 unit, his partner Stormy. He was a highway patrolman for the South Dakota Highway Patrol for 20 years having been stationed in Rapid City, Belle Fourche, Clark, Pierre, and Vermillion. He also worked for two years as a court security officer with the U.S. Marshall Service in Sioux Falls.

He wrote a book titled The History of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. After his retirement he moved to the Christensen family farm near Hurley and received his degree from The University of South Dakota, Vermilllion.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Ann; a son, Tim (Brenda), Colorado Springs, CO; three daughters, LeAnn Carr (Jerry), Flandreau, Kristi Nelson (Chuck), Sioux Falls, and Jeanne Schieffer (Tim), Columbus, NE; 12 grandchildren; and three sisters, Carol Van Maanen, Greeley, CO, Lois Karr, Woodinville, WA, and Edith Draxton, Hemet, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ray and Harry, Jr.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hurley with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation began at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hofmeie-ster-Jones Funeral Chapel, Hurley with the family present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

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