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Dennis R. Christensen, born March 1, 1944 (78) in Petoskey, Michigan, passed away on April 8, 2022 following a long illness in Petoskey, Michigan. A lifelong Boyne City resident, Denny was preceded in death by his father Henry E. Christensen and his mother Dorothy (Vought) Christensen as well as his brother Robert Christensen and sister Lelah Louise Giem. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers Ted, Bill, Tom, Mark, and many other members of his extended family.
Following his military service in the U.S. Navy, Denny married his beloved wife Betty Meadows on August 23, 1969 and raised two sons, Michael (Jennifer) Christensen and Nikolas (Nikki) Christensen, in Boyne City. He enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his family and with his grandchildren Mathew, Kyra, and Kenna.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Denny could often be found casting a line near the mouth of the Boyne River when the walleye were biting. (He was slightly more difficult to find during deer season due to the camouflage.) At times, Betty could tell when the fishing was good… by the number of walleye swimming in the bathtub when she woke up in the morning.
As a great music lover, Denny enjoyed singing and playing the guitar. In years past, he could often be found singing The Rose or In the Ghetto at karaoke nights. He loved playing his guitar and instilled a love of music in both of his sons. Nothing quite tickled him last Christmas like the toy guitar purchased for his granddaughter (3) as she danced and “played” for the family.
Golfing and riding his motorcycle were two of Denny’s favorite summer pastimes. He greatly enjoyed the times he was able to share them with friends and family.
Denny often reminisced about his last conversation with his father during which they were playing cards. Denny told his father that he had to leave, but would beat him when he came back. They were unable to play that next game. We can only presume that they’ve finally been able to pick up where they left off.
Denny will be remembered fondly by his friends and family. Per Denny’s request, no funeral arrangements are being made.
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