OBITUARY

Benjamin Irving Christenson

December 18, 1977June 3, 2018

December 18, 1977- June 03, 2018. Chief Petty Officer (retired) Benjamin Irving Christenson 40, a native of Columbus, OH, passed away on June 3, 2018 in Misawa, Japan. He was a veteran of the of the United States Navy where he served as a member of an elite Navy Special Operations community known as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). Chief Christenson was highly respected by his peers. He started his career as Avionics Technician deploying multiple times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, and received multiple awards, including Army Commendation Medal with combat valor.

Ben was survived by his parents Irving and Jodelle (Jodi)Christenson, wife Jimelyn, sons Ben Jr and Brandon, brother Craig Christenson and his wife Shelly, brother in law Jimjo Malaga and wife Lea, mother-in-law Jocelyn Hecht, nephews James and Gavin, nieces Alexia, Grace and Leana Joy.

Ben will be interred with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service was held at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan where he was surrounded with family and friends, and was lovingly called “ The Mayor of Misawa” for his love of people, service, and community volunteer of the year. Visitation will be held on Thursday Jul 19, 2018 from 1800-2000 at Murphy’s Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd, Arlington VA. Interment will occur at Arlington National Cemetery on July 20, 2018. We will meet at the administration building , please arrive no later than 0915. There will be a graveside service with a Navy chaplain. A reception will take place after the burial at Ft Myers O’ Club (Patton Hall).

Ben’s family would like to thank their family, friends, neighbors, and military community for the outpouring of love and support. Special thanks to EOD Foundation and Navy Special Operations and close family and friends for financial support. His loss was felt deeply by those who have known and cared for him. He will be greatly missed!

Upon arrival at Arlington Cemetery please let the gate guards know that you are there for Chief Christenson funeral so you can drive your vehicle to administration building. Don’t forget to bring an identification card ( you will enter a military base and they will ask for your ID if you are 18 and above).

Below is the direction to the reception following the funeral. Please use the Hatfield gate, you use this address 29 Carpenter Rd Ft Myer VA 22211 follow the loop for security you will end up again in Carpenter Rd. Take the first left turn at McNair Rd then left of Lee Ave (small road). You will see the Patton Hall at the end, you can park in front or the side of the building. Also, attached is a link regarding burial at Arlington National Cemetery: https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Funerals/Attending-a-Funeral/Order-of-Events

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

Benjamin Irving Christenson

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Jayne Poches

July 21, 2018

Dear Family of Ben,

You are in my thoughts and prayers, dear family. I was Ben’s second grade teacher. I remember him as a freckled face, smiling, and questioning seven year old. Children are such precious beings. I remember Jodi and Irv sharing things in our classroom with Ben and his classmates. You have my sincere sympathy and love.
Jayne Poches

Ghie Ewing

July 19, 2018

Ben, you will be missed...thank you for loving my family and for always being a great buddy to Jim way back in VP-47 days...you will always be remembered as the best Uncle sitter of all time❤️thank you for your service and we love you.

Tom Diley

July 19, 2018

Ben, although we haven't seen each other in many years you made a big impact with me growing up & I knew your life would be destined for greatness. You were fearless which I greatly respected & even to this day can rember so vividly about you. We spent a lot of time in catechism & growing up, finding our way as teenagers at Peace Lutheran for which I am very grateful to have shared those experiences. I will pray for your family, Jodi & Irv are the best. I will see you again in god's kingdom.
Lion Pride, Class of 96!

Debbie Russell

July 19, 2018

Ben, I have known you since the day your parents brought you home from the hospital. Since that day, your parents loved you with their whole heart. As a little guy growing up, I remember your energy, your smile and laugh, as well as your excitement for anything you encountered! You had more freckles than you could count!! Your parents and Craig always supported the sports you were involved in. When you entered the Navy, you made everyone in your family proud. You put your life in danger continuously as a member of EOD. Honor, dignity, commitment are words that come to my mind to describe your service. Thank you. Jam, Ben Jr. and Brandon, you are loved and all of hearts are broken for you. Jodi and Irv, hold on to the beautiful memories of the daily phone calls that Ben shared with you. He was a good man and a devoted son, husband and father. I feel blessed that you were in my life, Ben. Rest in peace🙏

Malinda Slane

July 19, 2018

Ben and his brother, Craig will always have a special place in my heart, as I was blessed to spend time at their house baby sitting for them when they were growing up. My fond memories are of their snakes, lizards and turtles, the Masters of the universe alarm clock that I can still recite, playing out back and letting Ben drive in the alley behind his house before he got his license. My husband, Jeff, fondly remembers all the conversation that they had and the war plaque that he created for Grandpa Lloyd using explosives. We love him and his family! He will be missed!

Tim Hutchison

July 18, 2018

Ben, from the moment I met you in the 6 Series barracks in Jacksonville in 1998 to this moment, I have carried you in my heart as a one of my closest friends. I will always. We have shared many good times and laughs. I’ll never be able to watch Braveheart, Rocky, The Simpson’s without thinking of you and smiling. I love you brother. I am so sorry Jam. I love you and your boys and hope compassion and peace find you.

Betsy Hussey

July 18, 2018

Safe journey home, Ben. Your service to your country speaks volumes of your character and selfless acts of courage and bravery. Your love for your family was shown in your actions. Prayers to your parents and family .

FROM THE FAMILY