Robert Christensen enjoyed family, construction

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 4:27 p.m. CDT; updated 5:19 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 12, 2013

COLUMBIA — Robert G. “Bob” Christensen Sr., or Papa, as he was lovingly called, loved his family and his work in construction.

Mr. Christensen of Auxvasse, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Port Aransas, Texas. He was 82.

He was born May 27, 1930, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Herman and Lottie (McPherson) Christensen.

Mr. Christensen married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ann Tabke, on July 3, 1948, and together they traveled the Midwest while he worked various jobs for his position as motor-grader operator with Reno Construction.

Later in his career, Mr. Christensen joined Columbia’s Richardson and Bass Construction, where he eventually served as president of the company for many years. More recently, Mr. Christensen was a key figure in Christensen Construction Company.

In the past, he was a board member and president of Associated General Contractors, on the board of directors of Auxvasse’s United Security Bank and a charter member of the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association.

Mr. Christensen is survived by his sons, Robert Christensen Jr. and his wife, Rosemary, of Columbia, and Tom Christensen and his wife, Katherine, of Fulton; daughters Juli Laydon and her husband, Hal, of Lake Ozark, Marsha Moore and her husband, Craig, and Deanna Knipp and her husband, Kenny, both of Auxvasse; sisters Betty Ludwig of Sioux City, Iowa, Carolyn Sulsberger and her husband, Roger, of Hornick, Iowa, and Marilyn Fredinberg and her husband, Don, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seventeen grandchildren, Michael Auer, Matthew Auer, Amy Skeans, Robert Christensen, Andrew Christensen, Katee Christensen, Chris Moore, Dr. Elizabeth Moore-Bhogapurapu, Dr. Joshua Moore, Jennifer Moore, Alex Moore, Jason Knipp, Paige Knipp, Mitchell Christensen, Wilson Christensen, Nicholas Christensen, and Samuel Christensen; and sixteen great-grandchildren, Jacob Auer, Madison Auer, Meghan Auer, Lily Auer, Olivia Skeans, Eric Skeans, Alexandria Christensen, Bobby Christensen, Gabe Mercado, Valerie Christensen, William Christensen, Christian Moore, Collin Moore, Colton Moore, Cayden Moore, and Akira Moore.

His wife, Margaret Ann Tabke, died earlier.

A private service for the family will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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