GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- Walter Leonard Christensen, 81, Gulf Breeze, Fla., died Thursday, May 3, 2001.
He was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Omaha, Neb. He spent most of his life in Minneapolis after a stint during World War II in the Coast Guard. He worked as a pressman for the Minneapolis Star Tribune before and after World War II. He retired from The Star in 1982 after 43 years of service. While at The Star, he went from apprentice to journeyman and from a member of IPGCU Local 20 to chapel chairman to president and president emeritus. In addition, he was the president of the North American Newspaper Web Conference. He sang with the Apollo Club which performed at the inauguration of President Eisenhower. He was a Mason and a Shriner. After retiring, he became active in a wide range of conservation issues. He served as president of numerous conservation groups including Child, Girl and Woman Lake Association and the Association of Cass County Lakes. He served on zoning boards, ordinance committees and the Tri-County Watershed Project.
Survivors include his wife, Lee Christensen; a son, Jay, Dallas, Ga.; a daughter, Nancy Brannon, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials are preferred to the Wally Christensen Memorial Fund, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4257 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 32561.
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