David Warner Christenson, 61, passed from this life to the next in the early morning hours of Aug.12, 2009, at his home surrounded by the love of his family.
David was born on May 12, 1948, the son of Harry Warner and Alice May (Carlson) Christenson in Geneva.
David grew up less than a mile from where he would raise his own family. He was a â€œfourth-generation Genevianâ€ who would eventually raise two more generations in his hometown, and no one could be prouder.
David attended school in Geneva and graduated with the class of 1966 from Geneva High School. He then went on to attend and graduate from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
David was one of the last people in Kane County to be drafted into the armed services on Oct. 28, 1971. He served his country for two years, primarily honoring his fallen brothers on the funeral detail before his honorable discharge on Jan. 8, 1973.
Upon his return to civilian life, David took over his fatherâ€™s business as a wood and metal pattern maker. He met his future wife, Barb, at Tin Cup Pass in November of 1977. She came in to pick up her friend, who was working at the restaurant and caught Davidâ€™s eye as well. They had their first date a few days later at Pal Joeyâ€™s and were eventually married on Sept. 13, 1980, at the Geneva Lutheran Church in Geneva.
They began their new life together in their house that became the home where they raised their family and made thousands of memories.
He was a very active lifetime member of the Geneva Lutheran Church.
David was an intelligent man who knew â€œa little about everything,â€ which was evident in his â€œjack of all tradesâ€ persona. David also had a great sense of humor and could make light of any situation in life. He was a great craftsman and could build just about anything with his hands. He built a special table for his sister, all of his childrenâ€™s bedroom furniture from three White Oak trees he cut down at his fatherâ€™s house, put a beautiful addition onto his home that has been used for all of the family holidays, remodeled the upstairs and added a patio outside.
David had a great love of nature, as well as motorcycles, which led him and Barb to take the Harley for a â€œroad trip.â€ It took three weeks as they rode along the Canadian border, over to Vancouver, down to Washington and back home. They camped out every night under the stars and just got back to nature.
David loved his family and all the memories they made together. From canoeing with his brother-in-law Ed, (even if the canoe tipped over and they got wet) to doing â€œdonutsâ€ in the car with his daughter and her friends, family vacations that took them across the country and beyond, family came first in his book. He was always there to help anyone with anything. Everyone admired Davidâ€™s life, because he did what he wanted to do.
He now leaves his loving wife, Barb; two children, Matthew and Elizabeth; one step-daughter, Jennifer; one grandson, Joseph Michael; his mother, Alice of Geneva; one sister, Karen (Ed) Worst of Westmont, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Barbara Hoffman of St. Charles; one niece, Emma (Ken) Evans of Portland, Ore.; one nephew, Stan (Jessica) of Palatine, Ill., and a family of friends.
He now joins his father, Harry; and father-in-law, Joseph Hoffman, who preceded him in death.
Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at the Geneva Lutheran Church. A funeral to celebrate his life was held Monday, Aug. 17, also at the church, with a brief visitation prior to the service. Rev. Doug Opp, pastor of the church, officiated, with private family interment following cremation.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Geneva Lutheran Church Building Fund. Checks may be made to the â€œDavid Christenson Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com, or www.davidwarnerchristenson.com.