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Verne Christensen, 49

LuVerne (Verne) Roy “Vern-Dog” Christensen, age 49, of Hutchinson, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at his home.

He was born March 18, 1966, in Hutchinson, the son of Nathan and Arlene (Miller) Christensen. Verne was baptized as an infant at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth at Lamson Evangelical Free Church in Dassel.

He received his education in Dassel, and was a graduate of the Dassel-Cokato High School class of 1984.

Verne was united in marriage to Jenny Krause June 25, 2001, at Lamson Evangelical Free Church in Dassel. This marriage was blessed with three daughters, Britny, Nichole, and Kelsey.

Verne resided in the Dassel, Florida, and Tennessee before moving to Hutchinson.

He worked as a farmhand, with the railroad, and did welding. Currently, he was working in construction before he was injured in December 2008.

Verne was part of the Lamson Evangelical Free Church family.

He enjoyed watersports, boating, listening to music, and traveling; as well as working with and helping others. Verne especially cherished spending time with his family, friends, and his dog, Sugar.

He is survived by his daughters, Britny Christensen, Nichole Christensen, and Kelsey Christensen, all of Litchfield; mother, Arlene Christensen of Dassel; brothers Neal Christensen and his wife, Sara of Darwin, and Leon Christensen and his special friend, Brenda Jackson of Dassel; sisters Kristine Benson and her husband, Brandon of Dassel, Anita McCarthy and her husband, James of Cedar Mills, and Corrine Grotto and her husband, Michael of Dassel; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Verne was preceded in death by his father, Nathan Christensen; a sister in infancy; grandparents Alvin and Viola Christensen, and Edward and Berndina Miller; and many aunts and uncles.

Memorial services took place Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at Lamson Evangelical Free Church in Dassel, followed by interment in the Dassel City Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Erickson officiated at the services, and Kathy Mattson was the organist. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Special music was “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” and “Jesus and Mama.”

Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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