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“Dear Carol, Sorry to hear of your loss of your best Friend and husband. You were blessed to have spent 60 great years together. May you know my...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Robert E. &Luanne; Shubert

“Dear Carol, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Bob was indeed a special man and will be missed by many. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. ...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Joyce Havens

“So sorry I couldn't be with you in remembering Bob. My sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Beth Griesser

“I rode to and from a Habitat build in Slidell, LA, in Bob's van, at least 2 years.I was always amazed that Bob could work on his knees on a wooden...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: David Leonard - Winneconne, WI

“Carol our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Sending much love. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Jane and Ed Brown

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing. He was a gentle, kind, compassionate man. Our sincere condolences go to Carol and the family. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Barb and Chuck Merry

“Carol, We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Mom wishes she could have attended the service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Pfaffenroth - Crossville, TN

“God-speed, Bob.. You were a wonderful neighbor and feel blessed to have gotten to know both you and Carol. The world needs more people like you.Penny...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Penny VandeVoort - Appleton, WI

“Thank you Bob for touching the world in so many ways. Your impact at Mosquito Hill Nature Center is greatly appreciated. I'm sure your family is...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Steve Petznick

“Dear Carol,Bill Eggleston told us the sad news of Bob's passing. Please know that you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. We...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Carol and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing Bob with us at Habitat for Humanity for so many years. He truly was...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jodi Isom

“Carol & Family: Mike and I are so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. What a great man he was. He had so much compassion for other people and...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Mike & Leigh Stormer - Menasha, WI

“Carol and family,So sorry to read of bob,s passing. Such a great kind man. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We send love...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Marlene Kloiber - Kimberly, WI


Robert W. Christenson, 85, of Appleton died in the evening of March 6, 2017. He was born on July 23, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa to Melvin and Gertrude (Richter) Christenson. He grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Franklin High School. He attended Iowa State University where he earned degrees in both mechanical and industrial engineering. On September 28, 1957, Bob was married to Carol Koch in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1956, he started a long career with Kimberly-Clark Corporation – first in Fullerton, CA then from 1958 to 1977 in Memphis, TN, and finally in Neenah, WI where he retired in 1993. At the Memphis mill, he was on the engineering development team that introduced Kimbies Diapers, which became the product now called Huggies. When he retired from the corporate offices in Neenah, he had been the Manager of Buildings & Grounds for a number of years. After retirement, Bob became very involved with Habitat for Humanity. From 1998 to 2012, he was part of the home construction teams and helped build dozens of home in the greater Fox Valley area. For the last several years, he volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Appleton. Bob was an enthusiastic wood worker and carpenter. He enjoyed building anything from plant stands to doll houses to shoe racks, finished many basements, and built more than a few decks. He was always willing to help out with building projects. His passion for helping others and his skills with a hammer and a saw lead him to participate in numerous mission trips around the country. Throughout his life, Bob was an avid tennis player and golfer and enjoyed fishing with his buddies. While his son, Bill, was growing up he was very active with the Boys Scouts of America as an adult leader. He loved the outdoors and served for several years as the treasurer for the Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London, WI. He was also a member of the Sherwood Lions Club. Bob, and his wife Carol, truly have seen the world – travelling often with other couples, groups of friends, and with guided Road Scholar groups. They have been from Ireland to China and Alaska to Australia and had just returned from a trip to Cuba last week. He is survived by his wife, Carol; their three children: Bill (Anne Marie) Christenson, Darien, IL; Caren (Ken) Cohee, Indianola, IA; and Amy (Rich) Bothmann, Grayslake, IL; and grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as "Buddy" or "Gramdaddy": Megan Christenson, Rob Christenson, Kaitlyn Christenson, Evan Freyberg, Alex Cohee, Tanner Freyberg, Jackson Bothmann, and Hanna Bothmann. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard (Dick) Christenson. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, 325 E. Franklin St., Appleton at 1:00pm. Pastor Marcus Wegenast officiant. Visitation Friday at First United Methodist Church from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Private inurnment Sherwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to First United Methodist Church.

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