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John ‘Jack’ Christensen


John “Jack” Christensen, 75, of Lucas, formerly of Creston, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.

Celebration of life memorial services were 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, in Creston. The family requested casual dress. The Rev. Rick Titus officiated. Military flag presentation with taps was by Theodore J. Martens VFW Post No. 1797. Visitation with family present was one hour prior to the service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Camp Sunnyside. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

John J. “Jack” Christensen, son of Shelby Chris Christensen and Doris (Woods) Christensen, was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Creston. He attended grade school at Douglas 6 in Union County and then Creston Schools until he joined the United States Navy in 1960. While in the Navy, Jack completed his GED. Following Jack’s discharge, he was a bronco buster, worked at Purolator in Creston and also did some truck driving.

On Nov. 21, 1964, Jack married Joyce Miller in Creston. They had two children, Jana and Jamie. They later divorced.  

On Feb. 10, 1979, Jack married Sharon Selsor and gained two sons, Monty and Jay. They later divorced.

Jack started working for Union Pacific Railroad on April 4, 1972, as a heavy equipment operator. He was employed there for 39 years, and retired in February 2011. Following his retirement, Jack began working for Wright Rodeo as a stock supervisor and truck driver.

Jack was a past president with the Pony Express, serving two terms. He was active with several rodeo associations most recently the IRCA and URA. He was also active with Clarke County Youth Rodeo and Clarke County Fair Board.

Jack is survived by his daughter Jana (Lynn) Weland of Creston; son Jamie Christensen of Creston; stepson Jay Selsor of Guthrie Center; grandchildren, Ashli (Steve) Peterson of Creston, Adam (Rhianna) Leith of Creston, Alec Christensen of Cedar Rapids and Lauryn Christensen of Creston; stepgrandchildren, Ronnie and Harley Selsor; great-grandchildren, Keyana and Hunter; sister Eva (Harris) Perkins of Creston; along with extended relatives and many friends. 

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, niece Diane Berry and great-niece Amy Roan.

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