Christenson, Daniel N. 92

Christenson, Daniel N. age 92, passed away April 27, 2023. He was born April 26, 1931 in Dassel Township, the 5th of 10 children. He attended country school and joined the military before finishing High School. In the military he received his GED. After completing his time in the service, he went to the University of Minnesota, where he achieved two associate degrees, one being in agriculture. While at the U of M, he became a foreign exchange student to Sweden. After completing his internship, he traveled across Europe, sight seeing and interacting with people. Back in the states, he worked a number of jobs, including being an orderly in a hospital, a cab driver, and a bus boy at a restaurant.
In the early 1970’s he discovered his true calling was going to be farming. He took over the family farm and bought a herd of cows to start dairy production. In 1980, he purchased the farm from his father’s estate. Daniel farmed and milked cows for almost 30 years. When he sold the cows, he retired and put the land into CRP acres, these are set aside acres to help wildlife have a nice habitat. Daniels goal was to be a steward of the land. Part of this motivation was due to his fondness of bird watching and his appreciation for deer and pheasants. Daniel was able to stay on the farm until January 7th, 2021 when he was no longer to walk without assistance. He moved into Cokato Manor where he received excellent care until 5 minutes after his 92nd birthday.
Daniel was a lifelong member of North Crow River Lutheran Church, where his faith was cultivated and grown throughout his life. He was a devout Christian and his faith in God and his only son, Jesus Christ, carried him through many years of hard work and endurance. Daniels was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Ruby, brothers, Dale and Duane, sisters, Marilyn Kujawa, Evon Anderson, and Carolyn Koeneke.
Survived by Rosalie Haglund, Mae Ruotsinoja, Lowell and Sharon Winfield, brothers in law, Marvis Anderson and Franz Koeneke, sister in law, Ruth Christenson, along with many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. He will be missed.
A celebration of life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 20th, 2023 at North Crow River Lutheran Church, with visitation 1 hour prior to services at church. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, MN 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com