Wallace “Wally” Christopherson

Monday, March 2, 2015 4:04 pm

Wallace “Wally” Christopherson, 90, years old and formerly of Jesup, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at ABCM Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – East Campus in Independence. Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the American Lutheran Church, Jesup, with burial at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Locust, rural Decorah. Military rites will be conducted by Pump-Scheer American Legion Post No. 342 of Jesup. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday at the White Funeral Home, Jesup, and for an hour before services Tuesday at the church. Memorials will be directed to the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery Association at Locust. Online condolences may be posted at White-MtHope.com.

Wallace Carsten Christopherson was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Winneshiek County, the son of William Christopherson and Cora (Gjere) Christopherson. He served in the US Army and as a paratrooper during World War II. He was united in marriage to Mae Caroline Knoke Sept. 10, 1945, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Locust. He farmed from 1945 – 1974 and then he and Mae moved to Jesup where he worked at Christopherson Hydraulic Jack repair until 1984. He also drove school bus several years for Jesup Community Schools. Wally was a member of the American Lutheran Church and Pump-Scheer American Legion Post 342 in Jesup and was a member of the Independence Merry Mixers square dance club for many years.

Mr. Christopherson is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mae Christopherson of Independence; one son, Carsten (Barb) Christopherson of Cedar Rapids; three daughters: Barbara (Jon) Wilken of Salem, S.C., Beverly (Merle) Headington of Cedar Rapids, Debra (John) Williams of Winthrop; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six sisters: Mary Sanders of Luck, Wis., Crystal Thayer of Sarasota, Fla., Thelma (Charlie) Brown of Sun City, Ariz., Ruth (Jim) Wilson of Cedar Rapids, Grace (Ken) Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev., Arlene (Ron) Vavroch of Cape Coral, Fla.; one brother, Ivan Christopherson of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: Carmen, Jerome, Robert, Raymond and Francis Christopherson; and two sisters, Esther Stevensen and Betty Hansel.


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