Paul Allen Christenson of Onalaska, Wisc.

Paul Allen Christenson of Onalaska, Wisc., born February 14, 1953 in Minneapolis, returned to Jesus’ loving arms September 6, 2019 at the age of 66.

Paul attended school in Rushford. His proudest time of life was serving in the U.S. Military. He joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and served in Viet Nam 1971-72. He was honorably discharged at Ft. Ord, Calif., in 1973.  He was trained in basic combat & carpentry.

Paul was a true ‘Jack of All Trades’ and enjoyed helping family and friends out on projects. He was in his glory when running a crew, working steel and being a crane rat. He loved Jesus, the outdoors, Harleys, fishing and golfing and had an incredible sense of humor.

Paul was a very kind and helpful man. But like many of us, had issues, which would challenge people in believing that. He had a tough time in school. By the time he was into 5th grade they found out he had dyslexia. Already disliking school, it was difficult for him to care anymore. His believing he ‘couldn’t’ do well, didn’t change his need to belong, to have friends, be daring and bold. He would choose friends who, much like him, could be dared to do most anything … and he wasn’t happy with himself about it. Paul would be the first one to tell young people not to turn to smoking, alcohol, or any drugs ‘to belong’ or to fight depression. He never recovered from those things…yet he remained a kind, caring and helpful person. 

Paul is survived by his two sons whom he loved and talked about all the time, Christopher and Nathan Christenson, of Milwaukee, Wis., sister Beverly (Leon) Helleland of Rushford and brother John (Verna) Christenson of Naugatuck, Conn., four nieces and three nephews, seven great nieces and five great nephews; and one great-great niece. Paul was preceded in death by his parents Winton (Christy) J. Christenson and Alice Palma (Polly) Christenson of Rushford.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Military Honors burial at the Preston Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Please be on time because it is a quick ceremony…but one Paul would be very humbled and blessed by. A casual Memorial Gathering will be held at Root River Community Church in Rushford the same day from 3-6 p.m.