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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.


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