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Larry Gene Christensen


This news story was published on December 9, 2018.
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Larry G. Christensen, 78, of Mason City passed away December 5, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City after an 11-month battle with cancer.

A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2018 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City, IA with Reverend Tom Martin of Bethany Lutheran Church in Kensett, officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the funeral chapel.

Larry Gene Christensen was born on July 6, 1940 in Elmore, MN, the son of Andrew and Ardella (Sandberg) Christensen. He attended and graduated from Mason City High School in 1958. Following High School, Larry served his country in the United States Army until his honorable discharge in 1965. It was in the Army that Larry learned his trade of welding. Not only did he work as a welder but was able to teach others the skill as well. Larry carried these skills in life, working as a welder for Thomas Machine Shop, his own Welding and Repair Shop, and as a teacher at North Iowa Area Community College. He also enjoyed working with Anderson Restoration in Kanawha and their specialized car restorations. On June 25, 1966 Larry married Janice Ostby at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kensett.

Together the couple spent their lives in Mason City where Larry worked on, restored, and created many cars. Larry loved to build cars from the frame up, designing each and every car with his own special touch. He was a lifetime member of the River City Street Rods.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Janice of Mason City; daughter, Sherri Slifka of Georgia; grandchildren, Steven (Adrienne) Jenkins of Georgia and Ashley (Josh) Frana of Alabama; great-grandchildren, Kaydence, Zackery, and Peyton Jenkins and Blake and Pasley Frana; siblings, Dennis (Marcia) Christensen of Manly, Barbara (John) Dahle of Minnesota and Jim (Wanda) Christensen of Mason City; brother-in-law, Paul (Charlene) Ostby of Michigan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Ardella, and a sister, Connie Lindsay.

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