A Memorial service honoring David’s life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist Church, 5109 Washington Ave., Racine, WI. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. To view David’s service via livestream, please click the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yODNfFMuKE0
David Christian Christensen 1956-2023
David Christian Christensen (aka Boog/Uncle Boog) was born in Waukegan, IL on December 18, 1956, to James and Betty (Baumgartner) Christensen and died January15, 2023 in Racine, WI following a lengthy illness. David was raised and educated in Zion, IL, and graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School Class of 1975. After graduation, David worked for Coca-Cola in Niles, IL and was a route helper and then driver mainly covering Great Lakes Naval Training Center. In 1978, he decided he wanted to become a carpenter and was an apprentice for WM & Associates in Zion. He became a journeyman and worked for several different contractors in Lake County, both housing and commercial buildings. He loved doing carpentry and being able to look at the progress at the end of the day. Unfortunately, he had an injury that eventually forced him into an office setting doing construction estimating…and drove most project managers crazy with his “filing” system, which were piles of papers on his desk. He eventually had to medically retire in 2010. David was an avid hunter to include pheasant hunting with his Brittany Spaniels, Shorty and Lady, bow hunting deer and gun hunting deer, coyotes, partridge and whatever else Lake and McHenry Counties in IL and Gordon, WI had to offer. He also was an avid ice fisherman. Due to his illness the last 10+ years, he had to give those up. David married his high school sweetheart, Debrah (Wallace) Christensen May 16, 1981, at Trinity Assembly of God in Zion, IL. That first winter David decided to take his bride to live in God’s country, in a cabin in the woods, 7 miles out of town, with only cold water in the kitchen and an outhouse, with only a fireplace and wood stove for heat (she was a good sport evidently). He returned to IL and lived there until 1994 when he went to Racine, WI. While in Racine, David worked as a construction estimator for Big Buck Lumber/Custom Components, both in Kenosha and Racine. It was in Racine, where he added his sons to the mix, and spent their growing years enjoying various sports and band activities. He was a past member of Christ Church United Methodist in Racine where he served on the Trustee Committee and sang bass in the choir.
David is survived by his wife, and sons, Michael of IL, and Jared of WI. He is further survived by sisters Connie Snyder, Cindy Jensen, Diane Dickman, Janice Booker. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, as well as great-nieces, great-nephews, and many cousins. David is preceded in death by his parents, James (2010) and Betty (2021), and brother James Christensen (2004).
He will be missed by those he loved.
Leah Jester says
Oh Deb, Michael & Jared, We are crushed by your loss. We have known Dave, “Uncle Boog” from our youth. We love him and your entire family and are holding you so close right now. We will always cherish the laughs and great times together, the lifetime of good memories we share… we are so very sorry. We love you so much… Jim, Leah, Jasen & Jake
Lonnie Sutton says
Sorry for your loss cuz. Looks like we have one more thing in common. I am ready to have you lean on me and I will return the favor. Hugs and prayers to you and the boys.
My condolences to the family. Dave was always a joy to wait on at work. He will be missed.