Wesley Wallace Christenson
April 5, 1918 – May 4, 2021
Wesley Wallace Christenson, a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, went Home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at age 103.
Wesley was born on April 5, 1918 to Chris and Harriet Christenson in Fall River Mills, CA. His family moved to a farm in Red Bluff, CA when he was very young, bringing their possessions in a horse drawn wagon. He called Red Bluff home for the majority of his life.
Wesley attended Red Bluff High School, then continued his education at Biola University with an emphasis in Ministry. Shortly after his time at Biola, Wesley was drafted. He served his country as an Army Medic during World War II. After the war ended, on his way home, Wesley met and fell in love with Helen Groth of Pasadena, CA. They were married at her parent’s home in November of 1949.
Upon returning to Red Bluff, Wesley put his Ministerial training to excellent use; not in any formal setting, but as he and Helen raised their six kids, opened their home to any and all in need, and served as a faithful and much-loved member of his church for decades.
Wesley enjoyed working with his hands. To provide for his family he was a walnut and prune farmer. He also bought, fixed up, and sold homes in town.
Preceding him in death were his father Chris Christenson, his mother Harriet Christenson, brother Douglas Christenson, his sister Edith Arnold, two sons-in-law, David Clark and Arthur Buchanan; and great granddaughter, Lydia Buchanan.
Wesley is survived by: his wife of 71 years, Helen; his six children, Arthur Christenson, Elsa Buchanan, Harriet Weeks (Daniel) of Montreal, QC, Sara Macy (Roger) of Iowa Falls, IA, John Christenson (Anna) of Red Bluff, CA, and Cora Robinson (Mark) of Red Bluff, CA; sixteen grandchildren Hans Buchanan, Barry Buchanan, Heidi Wright, Benjamin Clark, Timothy Clark, Camille Tippe, Amanda Macy, Andrew Macy, Jennifer Macy, Abigail Sutherland, Katie Christenson, Nathan Christenson, Eliana Christenson, Asa Robinson, Serena Robinson, Samara Robinson; and sixteen great-grandchildren David Clark, Peter Clark, Chloe Clark, Maxwell Clark, Jadon Buchanan, Jared Buchanan, Elisha Buchanan, Annie Wright, Caroline Wright, William Wright, Tucker Wright, Barrett Sutherland, Charlotte Macy, Titus Robinson, Micah Robinson, and Clara Robinson.
Wesley will be greatly missed. His gentle, kind-hearted nature, quick wit, willingness to help, and steadfast faith were hallmarks of his life here on earth. His family is comforted knowing that he is resting peacefully in the presence of his Lord and Saviour whom he trusted and served for so many years.
There will be viewing, funeral, and graveside services held for Wesley as follows: Viewing: Tuesday, May 11 4:00-8:00 PM at Chapel of the Flowers, 816 Walnut St., Red Bluff, CA 96080 Funeral Service: Wednesday May 12 11:00 AM. 22475 Gilmore Ranch Rd., Red Bluff, CA 96080 Graveside following the Funeral service at Oak Hill Cemetery, Red Bluff, CA Reception to follow the Graveside services. 22475 Gilmore Ranch Rd., Red Bluff, CA 96080
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Wesley Wallace Christenson
May 12, 2021
thank you for being Mr. C,,,loved and missed!
May 12, 2021
When I think of Uncle Wesley, I think of the many times I went through that screen door of their yellow house! I loved the smell of their home...a mix of the fireplace and the orchards in bloom causing a humidity thanks to the hit Red Bluff sun.. Every visit somehow turned into a Bible lesson, Graham cracker snack, a walk and a nap. Many times in the winter when the storms raised the creek between meeting and our family ranch., we knew we had a safe place if ever needed at Uncle Wes and Aunt Helen's. Boy would my sibilings and I cross our fingers that that creek would be to high to get home. I always loved how wise Aunt Helen was...yet how Uncle Wes balanced this out with a sparke in his eye as he would shuffle off to his garage. It seemed like he could fix most anything...and if not he would come back out with an even cooler treasure he dug out of a box or shelf. He was a neat "big kid" and always impressed us young people with his hand stands. When I think of Uncle Wes, I am humbled by how someone of few words could be such a testimony of Salvation in his every day life and mischief in his smile. He reached many more people with how he treated others with kindness even when they may not have expected or deserved it. He was a good example of faith in action.
I send a huge hug to the family as I know as happy as they are that he is going home to be with the Lord...it is not without an incredible hole in their hearts. He will be missed.