Howard Blair Christenson passed away on August 2, 2017 at River Pines Care Facility in Altoona, WI at 96 years of age. Husband and father, teacher, tree farmer and life-long learner, grandpa (great) Howard was the first to initiate a sing-a-long and give spontaneous lessons in history.

As a World War II bomber pilot, Howard first ventured away from Spring Valley, WI to explore the world on the US government’s travel plan. He and wife, Edna, continued to travel and shared interests in politics, writing, and gatherings with family and friends. Howard and Edna were fully involved in their Pierce County “tree farm” community and their Rush River Church Community. At 96, Howard has gone but his family is comforted by his readiness to move on to the next great adventure.

Howard is survived by his wife, Edna, currently residing at Care Partners Memory Care in Eau Claire; his son, Harlow (Pam) of Crystal, MN; son-in-law, Jeremy Lewis of Bend, Oregon; and daughter, Emily (Greg) Power of Eau Claire. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Kelly, Jared, Ariel, Erica, David, Esther, Brendan, and Katie; and 6 great-grandchildren: Ellen, Peter, Holland, Lucelle, Chloe, and Olive. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Irene Jill Lewis of Bend, Oregon.

Visitation will be from 10 until noon on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Rush River Lutheran Church N. 8623 Co. Rd. Y, River Falls 54022. Memorial service following visitation at noon with Pastor Dave Teig officiating, with graveside service to follow at the church cemetery.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be shared at