Vernon C. Christensen, 87, of Vermillion, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at the Sanford USD Medical center in Sioux Falls.
Vernon was born Oct. 18, 1925 to Ernest and Anna (Aalboe) Christensen on the family farm near Irene. The youngest of seven children, he grew up in the Irene and Mission Hill area before the family moved to Yankton. In 1943 he entered the Navy serving during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
On Nov. 9, 1947 he married S. Jean Freng in Yankton. Vernon worked for John A. Conkling Distributing until moving to Vermillion in 1957. Together they owned the Varsity Pub and a radiator repair shop for several years before opening the Korner Bootery Family Shoe Store retiring in 1987. He was a longtime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the Vermillion Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member and past president of the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce and an avid supporter of the USD Coyotes. He enjoyed family camping trips, fishing and golfing, and spending winters in Arizona. He especially enjoyed family gatherings and playing cards with family and friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Jean of Vermillion; three daughters, Vicki Dunn of Scotsdale, AZ, Karen (Al) Sabers of Garretson, and Janet (Greg) Merrigan of Vermillion; and a son, Terry (Heidi Smith) Christensen of Sioux City, IA; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Norma Christensen of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Gladys Albrecht, Edna Knutson, Evelyn Eide and Mildred Freng; and two brothers, Stanley and Kenneth Christensen; and a son-in-law, Maurice Dunn.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion with burial of ashes at a later date. Visitation will be Friday, January 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. hansenfuneralhome.com.