Clifford "Cliff" T. Christenson, November 20, 1924 - October 8, 2018

Clifford "Cliff" T. Christenson
Clifford "Cliff" T. Christenson
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Clifford Tyler Christenson, 93, of Chippewa Falls, WI died at his home on October 8, 2018 under hospice care.  He was born November 20, 1924 to Tilman and Ruth Christenson of Eleva, WI.  He was the oldest of eight children—six sons and two daughters.

One of his first jobs was at the Norden Cheese Factory.  He was a milk hauler for the neighboring farmers, and was Assistant Cheese Maker at the factory.

Cliff was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Navy from Aug 1944 until May 1946.  He was based in San Diego and deployed to Nagasaki.  After being discharged he began an apprenticeship with Hoeppner-Bartlett Construction Co. and became a journeyman cabinet maker.  It was there that he met Jean Sattergren, whom he married on November 15, 1952.   Together they had three children.

Cliff enjoyed motor- and fishing-trips with his family and tending his vegetable gardens.  He was a 4-H leader for Howard-Wheaton club in Chippewa County and an active member of First Lutheran Church of Eau Claire.  He enjoyed singing; at an early age he and his five brothers were asked to perform at church and neighborhood events.  He sang in church choirs, the Eau Claire Male Chorus, and the Great Lakes Navy Choir.

Cliff is survived by his wife Jean, son Mitch (Roxanne) Christenson, and daughter-in-law Diane (Mark) Christenson; grandchildren Tawna (Tim) Sikora, Brock (Laura Carolevschi) Christenson, Darsel (Justin) Shavlik, Nathan (Rachel) Christenson; great-grandchildren Blake, Jeffrey, Abigail, Gabrielle, Lilah, Calvin, and Alex Beth; brothers Roy and Don (Marie) Christenson, sisters Clarice (David) Kunferman and Janice (David) Kneer; sister-in-law Cecelia (Stewart) Christenson-Wade; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Beth Christenson, son Mark Christenson; brothers Leland, Merle, and Richard; sisters-in-law Delores (Roy) Christenson and Louise (Merle) Christenson.

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Dean Simpson officiating.  Visitation will take place at the church on Monday from 10 am until the time of service.  Committal service with military honors rendered by American Legion Post #53 will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire at 2 p.m.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Rebecca and Larry Zenger October 14, 2018

    We were sorry to hear of Clifford’s passing. Our sympathy to you and your family at your loss.

  2. Ryan and Dana Rosenthal October 13, 2018

    Our thoughts are with you as you celebrate Cliff’s life. We are so glad to have had the chance to meet him. His life and legacy speak volumes as to the amazing man he was. He will no doubt be missed by all those who knew him.

  3. Nyla Musser October 11, 2018

    Jean, it was with heavy heart and sadness to read that Clifford had passed away. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know how much you all will miss Cliff. My deepest sympathy. Psalm 121 is helpful to read.
    God's Peace be with you. Nyla Musser

  4. Karen (Klavetter) Keehn October 11, 2018

    Cliff was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I worked with him at Hoeppner-Bartlett - he was always right through the door to the shop crafting the most beautiful things. I still have the very large rolling pin he made for my husband and me when we got married. And he always looked out for me when I was expecting our first baby. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Christenson family. He will always be in your hearts until you see him again.