Ed Christensen

July 30, 1919 ‒ October 19, 2018

Wooster, Ohio
Formerly of Galion, Ohio

Ed Christensen was a man of genuine Christian faith. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and kind-hearted man who gave of his time and talents to help others. Edward C. Christensen, 99, of Wooster and formerly of Galion passed into the Lord’s presence on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Danbury Senior Living Center in Wooster.

He was born July 30, 1919 in Henry, South Dakota and was the son of the late Chris and Helen (Bauman) Christensen. Edward married Betty Hildebrand of Edison Ohio on January 16, 1948 who preceded him in death on October 13, 1992. He married Delpha H. (Ward) Lyon.  She also preceded him in death.

Ed grew up on a farm and worked two terms of assignment for the Civilian Conservation Corps.  He also served his country in United States Navy during World War II. While in the Navy, he participated in the liberation of Guam.

Ed worked at the former North Electric Co. and retired from the former PECO II both in Galion. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church for 46 years where he taught Sunday school class and served on various boards and committees. Ed was currently a member of Apple Creek United Methodist Church.

He loved music, gardening and nature.  Ed was also an avid hiker.  Along the rural roads near home, Ed logged approximately 4,000 miles in a four-county area and picked up aluminum cans for recycling donating nearly $3,800 to charity.

He is survived by sons Jerry (Karen) Christensen of Marble, NC, Donald (Brenda) Christensen of Youngstown and Eric (Sherry) Christensen of Redmond, WA; step-children Cheryl (Lonnie) Sipe of Bucyrus and Sandra Lyons of rural Bucyrus; grandchildren Megan Christensen, Kelly (Stephen) Bush, J.C. (Marghie) Christensen, Joy (Joseph) Patterson, Emily (Alan) Hoornstra, Peter (Andrea) Christensen, Ty (Lindsey) Christensen, Evan Christensen and Olivia (Michael) Bowker; and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday with Rev. Kenneth Curren officiating. Burial will be in Rivercliff Cemetery, Mt. Gilead.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the VFW Post 8054 and AMVETS Post 87 Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice Lifecare or Apple Creek United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Ed Christensen, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • So sorry for the loss of your father. From your entries in Facebook it sounds like you have lots of wonderful memories to help you through this rough time. Remember the good times and as long as you have your memories our loved ones are not truly gone.. they have just gone on ahead to wait for us.

  • Don, Brenda, and family,

    Sorry to hear hear of your loss. He sounds like a wonderful gentleman.

    Sounds like you all will have quite a life to celebrate.

  • So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I know you have wonderful memories of him to sustain you as well as the knowledge that he is resting in the arms of God and you will see him again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ed was a wonderful influence in my life & I know he will be missed. Prayers for all your family.

  • Sending condolences and love to your family at this difficult time. He sounds like he was a wonderful man who left a beautiful legacy in his children and grand children. XOXOXO

  • The Canfield United Methodist Church offers our sympathy and love to the Christensen family and especially to Don and Brenda. What a long and blessed life.

  • Jerry, Karen and Christensen family:
    So sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Losing a parent is difficult. Your memories of the many years you had together will always be with you. I pray for safe travel home to be with family.

  • Dear Karen ,Jerry and family. Love and prayers for all and safe travels. Will probably not be able to make visitation but know my heart is with you God bless your work in Thailand Keep in touch love Joan

  • So sorry for your loss. Reading his tribute was amazing to see all he had accomplished in his lifetime. This will certainly be a celebration of life! A long and amazing one! As your family shares their memories during this time, may blessings flow!!

  • Mike and I are so sorry for your loss, but celebrate with your father’s faith in Christ. Praying God will comfort you and bless you with great memories of time spent with your dad.

  • We were remembering yesterday our last visit with Ed when he was 95. He was studying two versions of the Bible and making notes on their similarities and differences. May we finish well as he certainly did. What a Godly influence he had in our lives.
    May God bring comfort to each family member and strengthen you when you need His help.


  • Jerry, Don & Eric and Families: You all have my deepest sympathy on the death of your father. Ninety-nine years old! What an amazing thing! He obviously lived a good and productive life, and, more importantly, was a faithful servant of God. You will miss him greatly – and there will be times of deep sadness. I join you in rejoicing that he is now in the loving arms of the Lord. Praise be to God! Teresa Parrott Rhoads

  • Proverbs 20:7 describes Ed very well. It says “A righteous man leads a blameless life, blessed are his children after him.” Janet & I were in Sunday School class with Ed at ACUMC and we remember a discussion in class about resisting temptation and sin. Ed’s advice was ” Just because a bird lands on your head, you don’t have to let it build a nest.” Ed was a wise man , with deep faith and he lived it out each day. We remember one visit with Ed and he was telling us he was reading the Bible from beginning to end again and this time he was reading all the footnotes to the verses. I went to church one 90+ afternoon and there was Ed pulling weeds from the hillside. Ed always helped with the church dinners and the rummage sale always supporting in anyway that he could. Thank you Ed for the legacy that you left us.
    Rick & Janet Kaufman

  • Always enjoyed visiting with your Dad when he would come into the Attorney’s office that I worked out. He was always such a gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Don and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We were so grateful for the love and support your dad gave to us during our 4 year appointment at Ebenezer. I will never forget the many vegetables we found on our door step in the summer. One time he offered to bring us 1 or 2 quarts of blueberries and we ended up with 8. If there were problems at the parsonage, he was always there to help.
    Know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    In Christ’s Love, Gloria & Terry Loughman