Leonard Kenneth Christensen
June 1, 1924 - June 5, 2011
Longtime College Place resident and businessman,
Leonard Kenneth Christensen, 87, died June 5, 2011, at Walla
Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. 2nd Avenue,
Walla Walla, Washington.
Leonard was born June 1, 1924, in Rapid
City, South Dakota, to Jens Christensen and Marie Constance Larson Christensen.
He attended elementary schools in South Dakota. The family moved to the Gaston,
Oregon area where he graduated from Laurelwood Academy in 1943. On December 1, 1946, he and June
Page married in White Salmon, Washington. They moved to this area in 1957.
As owner of Christensen Lumber Company, he was in wholesale
and retail lumber sales, selling the lumber yard in 1977. He also
had built apartments and houses and managed rental properties.
Leonard did logging and sawmilling on private property for many
ranchers in the Walla Walla Valley. He enjoyed camping, boating,
waterskiing and antique cars, and earned his private pilot's license
in 1968. Leonard and June traveled south to Desert Hot Springs,
California in the winters until 2008.
His memberships included the Lumbermen's Association,
Realtors Association, Walla Walla Apartment Owners' Association
and the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church where he had
served as a deacon.
Leonard is survived by his wife at their home; one daughter:
Nancy Barnett of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; four sons: Kenneth
Christensen of Claremont, California; Ronald Christensen of
Auburn, Washington; Gary Christensen of College Place; and Dale
Christensen of Walla Walla; one brother, Milton Christensen of
Salem, Oregon; eleven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his parents; four brothers; an infant daughter, Kathleen; and two
Family and friends may pay their respects from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The funeral service
will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2011, in the Chapel of the Village
Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12th and Larch Streets, College
Place. Pastors Steve Walikonis and Ed Gienger will officiate. Burial
will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Outreach through the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the
online guestbook at www.mountainviewcolonialdewitt.com.