Archbold, OH

Christenson Is March Resident Of The Month

Robert “Bob” Christenson is the March Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold.

He was born on March 2, 1926, to Lawrence and Vera (Nichols) Christenson, two miles north of Lyons. He had two older siblings, Ida and Leslie; Ida is deceased and Leslie lives in Fayette.

Bob attended a one-room school, and graduated from Lyons High School. He helped with farm work, and hauled milk to Toledo.

He met his wife Dorothy on the route, and they married Nov. 20, 1944, in Angola, Ind. They lived on a farm near Palmyra, Mich., then moved near Winameg, and later moved to a farm on US 20, east of Fayette.

Bob and Dorothy had five children. The oldest, Patricia, died in infancy. Richard was born at Palmyra; Lynn at Winameg; Edward and Susan, at Fayette, where they lived 35 years.

They worked closely, fixing machinery, driving tractor, milking cows, lawn work, or gardening.

They milked cows until 1969, when Ed started high school. Dorothy decided it was too early to get Ed up to milk the cows before going to school, so she sold the cows. They farmed without livestock until the 1970s when Richard quit teaching and returned to the farm.

Richard started a farrow-tofi nish hog operation, and Bob and Dorothy helped.

Throughout their marriage, Bob worked at various jobs away from the farm including a feed mill, factory, fertilizer plant and construction. He retired from farming in 1991.

He continued to drive dump truck and operated a crane for a construction company until 2006, when his wife became ill. They visited Tucson, Ariz., five times to visit Bob’s sister, and went to Florida several times.

Dorothy died in 2006. Bob moved to Fairlawn in December 2007, and was voted 2008 king.

He bowls in tournaments with Fulton Manor, takes trips and bus rides in the summer, and plays cards.

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