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Rodger Merville Christensen

May 4, 1948 May 3, 2021
Rodger Merville Christensen
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Rodger Merville Christensen died May 3, 2021 at the Marion VA CLC Hospice Center in Marion Il.
Rodger was born on May 4, 1948. He was raised by his father Merville, his Grandmother Julia, and his Uncle & Aunt-James & Jean Small. He grew up on the family farms in Gardner Il.
Rodger was a graduate of GSW High School, Class of 1967. After graduation he enlisted in the USMC and was off to Camp Pendleton in San Diego CA for basic training. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon his return home from 2 years of military service he worked at the Armory/Arsenal in Elwood Il. It was there that he met Donna Sue Hall. He and Donna married on December 19, 1970 and settled into life on one of the family farms in rural Gardner. Rodger took a position at Lyondell Chemicals in Morris where he worked for 35 years until his retirement. He served as the company Fire Chief and Safety Supervisor. He took and taught numerous chemical & fire safety classes in the area and at Texas A&M and UNLV. He was also a Pit Crewman for numerous Indianapolis 500’s. He was a member of the Gardner American Legion Post 663, the VFW & American Legion in Golconda, and The Church of Hope in Gardner. He served on the Reddick Ambulance Board and the Grundy County Vietnam Memorial Board. He also farmed for many years and was an avid hunter. Later in life he moved to Golconda to be closer to his granddaughters. He made many friends and enjoyed his time living there.
Rodger is survived by his daughter Christina (Greg) Eddington of Golconda. 2 sons-Robert (Sara) Christensen of Joliet and Richard (Tracy Marie) of Reddick. 4 Grandchildren-Katelyn (Bradley Swank) Eddington of Champaign Il, Allyson and Adriene Eddington both of Golconda, and Logan Christensen of Joliet. He is also survived by 1 brother Theodore Christensen of Gardner, 3 Sisters-in law: Wanda Thompson of Scarbro WV, Jean Tyree of Akron Ohio, and Sandra Hall of Kingston WV. 2 brothers-in law: Nick (Joyce) Hall and Joey Hall both of Scarbro WV. 24 nieces & nephews, numerous great nieces & nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was proceeded in death by his father, grandparents, uncle and aunt, his wife of 39 years, Donna. 1 sister Carol Jean Christensen. 5 sisters-in-law: Linda Christensen, Jane Bell, Margaret Hall, Shirley Tyree & Rosemary Waldron. 4 brothers-in-law: Wayne Hall, Alvin Waldron, William Tyree, & Blaine Tyree and 2 nephews.
Per Rodger’s wishes he will be cremated. Burial will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and Gardens in Elwood Il. His final resting place will be with Donna on the same grounds that they met. A memorial service will be held at Aly Funeral Home, Eddyville on Saturday May 8, 2021. Visitation from 5-7 with Memorial Service at 7PM with Pastor Tim Green officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marion VA Hospice Organization, the Pope County Golden Circle, or the Reddick Fire Fund. A Memorial Service will be held with burial in Northern Illinois at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers are Daniel Anderson, Matt Anderson, Brian Christensen, Edward Christensen, Walt Eddington, Greg Hall, Aaron Paquette, John Hollmeyer, Jared Riche, Sean Richie, Riley Thompson, Blaine Waldron, Brian Waldron & Carson Waldron.

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Visitation

Saturday

8

May

5:00 PM 5/8/2021 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/8/2021 7:00:00 PM
Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville

1099 State Hwy 145 North
PO Box 69
Eddyville, IL 62928

Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville
1099 State Hwy 145 North Eddyville 62928 IL
United States

Service

Saturday

8

May

7:00 PM 5/8/2021 7:00:00 PM
Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville

1099 State Hwy 145 North
PO Box 69
Eddyville, IL 62928

Aly Funeral Home - Eddyville
1099 State Hwy 145 North Eddyville 62928 IL
United States
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