Jens Michael Christensen, known to most as Mic, 80, of Broken Bow, died June 29, 2011, at Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Mic was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Berwyn to Christian and Elsie Ogal (Wright) Christensen during a winter blizzard, a great surprise as twins had not been expected.
He attended all 12 years of schooling at Berwyn, graduating in 1948, then attended Kearney State College for one year.
Even as a very young child, he could be found on the seat of any available tractor, eventually working for a few area farmers. He served eight years in the National Guard. Following college, he bought his first tractor, rented some land and began farming, custom-applicating anhydrous and corn-picking. He raised calves, fed fat cattle and hogs, but as more land became available, he phase out of livestock. Since then he, along with his son, Mike and grandson, Chris, have expanded their row crop farming and haying operation.
October 12, 1958, he was untied in marriage to Karen Millsap at Broken Bow. Three children were born to this union.
They lived in Berwyn for two years before moving to their farm four miles east of Berwyn, and then moving to Broken Bow in 2003.
Mic was active in his church, serving on the board, building committees and leading the Awana games for 39 years. He especially enjoyed being the â€śfix-itâ€ť guy at church. He also served on agricultural and school boards. He was a member of the Gideons.
He enjoyed his basement woodworking shop during the winter months and, as everyone knows, buying John Deere equipment.
Mic is survived by his wife, Karen of Broken Bow; two daughters, Susan Christensen of Kearney, and Nancy Christensen of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; and one son, Mike of rural Broken Bow; four grandchildren, Chris and (Jessica Amsberry) Christensen of Berwyn, Brandy Christens and Chad Christensen of Broken Bow, and Shawna Christensen of Kearney; sisters, Margaret Beversdorf of Orland Park, Ill., and Marceil Millsap of Berwyn.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and a twin brother, Marvin Christensen.
Memorials are requested to the Youth Activities Center building fund at the Evangelical Free Church.
Published in Custer County Chief, July 7, 2011