Daniel “Chris” Christensen

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Daniel "Chris" 

Daniel L. “Chris”  Christensen

Our Hero – WWII Navy Veteran: Daniel L. Christensen, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at the age of 96 years.  Beloved husband of the late Thelma.  Reunited in heaven on their 73rd wedding anniversary.  Dear father of Jill (Michael) Knoll, Jackie (Keith) Zierhart, Jody (Shelly) Christensen, James (Amanda) Christensen and Jay Christensen.  Grandfather of Daniel (Adrea), Katie (Jim), Tim (Megan), Morgan, Alec and Max.  Great-grandfather of Avery, Molly, Evan, Owen and Lucy.  Preceded in death by his sisters and their husbands Lois (Robert) Swantz, Elaine (Norman) Hansen and Darcy (Tom) Dinauer.  Brother-in-law of Lila (the late Leo) Szymborski and the late Geraldine (Colin) McDermott.  Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 3600 S. Chicago Ave. in South Milwaukee from 9:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:30 AM.

Military Honors ceremony will be held at Church at the conclusion of the Funeral Service.  Private interment Oakwood Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church Building By Grace Fund would be appreciated.


  1. Jeri Switalski January 8, 2022 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    My cribbage buddy with your mom. RIP

  2. Sherry Boudreau January 8, 2022 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    It is with a heavy compassionate heart that I leave this Condolence. My name is Sherry. I was one of Chris’s Caregivers at AZURA Memory Care of Oak Creek. I cared for him for the better part of 1 1/2 years. It was always a pleasure to engage with one of my favorite Veterans during my shift. He was a sweet man who was always willing to throw a twist of witty humor into the conversation when I started with my shenanigans. He appreciated everything I did for him and would request my assistance on a regular basis, which made me feel honored and gratified, I knew at those moments the compassion, patience and Love I have for my job was well worth everything I do for our elderly population. Thanks you Chris for always appreciating me and being one hell of a good intellectual conversationalist! You will be missed. Thank you for your service. My condolences to the family, my heart and prayers are with you.

    • Margaret Coonan January 11, 2022 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Sherry, what a wonderful tribute you give. You sounded like an awesome caregiver; not many people can do this type of work. Margaret Coonan

  3. Scott & Carol Redman January 8, 2022 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Christensen family. Love Scott and Carol

  4. Ann Schubert January 8, 2022 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers

  5. Janet Cook January 8, 2022 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    My prayers are with you and your family.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  6. Jennifer Dondajeski January 9, 2022 at 8:15 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Chris. I loved watching his face light up when I called him “7 up”. Rest easy Chris. ❤️

  7. Barb Kaprelian January 9, 2022 at 9:00 am - Reply

    My husband,Bob Dallmann, played pool at Blavat’s with your dad. I knew him and your mom back then and thought they were wonderful.
    My sympathy to the family. You were blessed to have him for so long.

  8. Dan & Lynn kazmierski January 9, 2022 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss our thoughts & prayers to the family

  9. Peter LeRoy Hansen Family January 14, 2022 at 1:02 pm - Reply


  10. M Barnes January 14, 2022 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    I will never forget the stoic man who quietly walked the halls of Seven-Up in West Allis, Wisconsin. His only mission was to make our brand bigger and our lives better.
    My time at Seven-Up was short but I never forgot Dan Christiansen.
    One day, I don’t recall how long ago, Jay, Dan’s son showed up at my dock.
    Jay looks like his father, quiet and all business.
    I see his name, I look at his face and I ask if he is related to Dan. The resemblance is too strong and Seven-Up is so many years ago.

    Did your Dad work for Seven-Up?

    Then, of course, I go home tell my husband that I met Dan Christensen’s son, Jay.
    The causal, informal, passing of information begins.
    Eventually, as time passes, my husband shares, “Dan was his mentor”.

    Dan elevated my husband in the Soft Drink world. Dan recognized his strength and cultivated it into undeniable respect by the other behemoth beverage companies.

    I know, I because I worked for a behemoth company in the Milwaukee market.

    Dan recognized leadership skills and selflessly elevated coworkers to recognize and mentor others to excellence.

    I learned about Dan the Mentor, causally over the years, as my husband hired and promoted others into the Beverage industry.

    I learned more about Dan, because I recognized Jay, dropping freight at my dock.

    Dan, made a difference in my husband’s life which became his career in the Beverage industry.

    My husband can easily name those he mentored and elevated because of Dan.

    My husband knows it was Dan that took the chance on him, pulled him off the truck and into sales and eventually to infinity and beyond in the Energy Drink segment- opening new markets and sales possibilities.

    Yeah, Dan did that.

    It is because Jay walked onto my dock, my husband had the blessed opportunity, to acknowledge and thank Dan when we visited him at Azura, Oak Creek.

    • Thomas Barnes January 14, 2022 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Condolences from Tom Barnes and wife, Maggie.

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