Andrew "Chris" R. Christenson

August 31, 1925August 3, 2013
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Andrew "Chris" R. Christenson, Age 87, born on August 31, 1925 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed on August 3, 2013 in Commerce, Michigan. Beloved husband of Aki Christenson for 51 years. Loving father of Ami Christenson. Cherished grandfather of Melony DeVoll, Amanda Christenson, Haley Smith, and Brandon Christenson. Proud great-grandfather of Ellianah and Mallace Waldron. Chris proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1941 until retirement in 1962. For the next thirty years he worked for General Motors Proving Grounds as a Cinematographer. Family Will Receive Friends on Saturday August 10, 2013, beginning at 10:00 am until the time of service at 12:00 Noon, at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home 3295 East Highland Road Highland, Michigan. Memorial donations appreciated to the Michigan Humane Society. Interment will be held Monday August 12, 2013 at 10:00 am, at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. To share a memory please visit


  • Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 10, 2013

Andrew "Chris" R. Christenson

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John & Judy Stein

August 17, 2013

Aki, we were very sorry to learn of Chris's passing. You have our very deepest sympathy. May God bless his soul.

August 9, 2013

My grandpa was the best grandpa anyone could ask for. He would always find a way to make us laugh and tell funny stories. He ALWAYS had his dog with him wherever he was. Even right to the end we all knew how much he loved us because he told us every chance he got. We love and miss you so much grandpa, it will never be the same without you.
Love, Haley and Brandon

Bill Hickok

August 9, 2013

Aki and Ami-
I am very sorry for your loss.
Chris was a great photographer and very inventive. I remember his movie of the Pikes Peak highway taken from the top of a station wagon. He also helped us develop a tire test trailer by taking movies from a helicopter flying down the N-S straightaway.
May the Lord bless you and give you His peace.

Chuck Smith

August 8, 2013

I joined GM Proving grounds in 1966 and worked at Engineering Test across Area 5 in the old building. Chris was always a joy to be around. He never had a bad word about anyone and always had a smile on his face. Aki worked in my area for years, so I really got to know Chris Through Her. So sorry for your loss, Aki. May The Lord Proved you with peace and comfort you at this sad time.

August 7, 2013

When I was a "new kid engineer" in 1966 I joined the SRDL and I was supposedly in charge
of running crash tests way before the building was built, Chris was a great help.

I knew he was going to take care of "his duties" for sure. Can't ask for any more than that. And, he
did it with a smile.

He was a "work aquaintance", not a "real close friend". But, we really liked each other,