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Christensen, Robert Robert K. Christensen age 79, of Rockford, MI, passed away resting peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with heart and kidney disease. Bob was born and raised in Boyne City, Michigan and attended Boyne City High School, graduating in 1958. He loved sports and enthusiastically participated in basketball, track and football while attending high school and pole vaulted at Michigan Tech in Sault St. Marie, MI in his freshman year of college. Joining the US Army in 1959 he served 3 years in Europe. Upon returning to the US he received his Associate's Degree from Northwest MI College in Petoskey. While working on his BA degree in Education from Western Michigan University, he met his wife of 52 years Kathryn (Rick) Christensen. They were married in 1966 in Oscoda, MI. He began his teaching career in 1965 at Rockford High School where he was employed for 35 years. While teaching at both the old and new Rockford High Schools, he was honored to be able to continue to pursue his love of golf and sports through coaching, where he coached golf, basketball, and track. He was especially honored to receive the RHS Athletic Hall of Fame award in 2015. Bob came from a large family of 7 children. Preceding him in death were his parents Henry and Dorothy (Vought) Christensen and his older sister Louise (Cecil) Giem. He is leaving behind 5 brothers: Ted (Delores), Bill (Lynda), Eric Tom (Carolyn), Dennis (Betty), and Mark (Linda) Christensen; 2 special children: Mike (Kellee) Christensen and Tracey (Christensen) (BJ) White; and 6 wonderful grandchildren: Andrew, Haley, and Madison Christensen and Megan, Allison, and Josh White. He was a loving spouse, father and grandfather. We will all miss him very much, including his 2 cats (Herbert and Cleo) that he didn't really hate. At this time there will be no funeral or visitation. He will be remembered in a Celebration of Life memorial service in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Rockford Historical Museum.
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