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James Edward Christensen

05/28/1940 - 04/28/2022
Service Date: 05/28/2022
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201

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James Edward Christensen, 81, of Mesa, AZ passed away on Thursday, April 28th, 2022.  He has joined his parents in their heavenly home.

Jim was the eldest child born on May 28, 1940, to Victor and Lila (Ventis) Christensen in Harlan, IA. He grew up in Harlan and then attended Westmar College where he graduated in 1963 with a degree in Economics.  On September 8,1962, he married Karen Sue (Spencer) in Danube, MN.  After graduation, he started his career in Banking like his father.  He served in many roles with individual banks and the OCC where he was known as a top-notch Bank Examiner.  He retired from the OCC in 1997 with 31 years and then started his own bank consulting business.  His career led to his family living in several towns including Grand Island, NE; Le Mars, IA; Sioux City, IA; Salina, KS; Wichita, KS, and Lee’s Summit, MO. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Jackie Christensen, and moved to Mesa in 2007.  He enjoyed following his kids and their family, cruising and spending time with Joyce, church, golfing, watching sports, reading, puzzles and having coffee with the Las Palmas crew.

Jim is survived by his children, James (Anita) Christensen of Mesa, Kirk (Kathy) Christensen of St. Joseph, MI; grandchildren (Anna, Tara, Erika, Nathan); sister Mary Anderson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at 11am, at Bunker’s Garden Chapel at 33 North Centennial Way in Mesa, AZ.  Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at https://www.bunkerfuneral.com.

Memorials can be offered to the Church of the Resurrection in Overland Park, KS (https://pushpay.com/g/churchoftheresurrection?src=hpp), or to the American Junior Golf Association (https://www.ajga.org/donate).

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Rich Schueneman

    Kirk and James,

    I am truly sorry for the sudden loss of your father. He will not be forgotten.

    Rich Schueneman

  • Hugh & Anita Reid

    So Sorry to hear this. Know we care! Hugs

  • Neil and Gina Hibben

    Our heart felt condolences……Jim was a stand up guy….will be missed by all that knew him.

  • So saddened by this news. I’m so glad I got to meet him. He was a wonderful gentleman.

  • Karen and I send our condolences and prayers. We’re sorry we can’t attend on the 28th, but know we are thinking of you and your family, James.

  • Curran & Anne Swift

    James & Kirk — Bob Hines sent me a note about your dad – was so sorry to hear that. Jim & I were together almost from day-one through high school and beyond. Anne and I both have many fond memories of being together with Jim over the years. I will miss our later-year biannual phone conversations. You two take care.

  • I did not know he had passed, and am so sorry to hear this. Jim was precious! He was so very good to my mother and to our entire family. He made our lives better during the time we knew him. He was/is a good man! Sorry for your loss! Can’t wait to see him again someday!

  • Kirk and James,
    Jim was my boss in the early 1980s in Kansas City. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences.

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