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Gwynn Merrill Christensen

Gwynn Merrill Christensen

November 5, 2017

Gwynn M. Christensen, age 92 of New Richmond, Wisconsin passed away peacefully November 5th, 2017, at American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, Wisconsin.

Gwynn was born the son of Rolland and Margaret (Krueger) Christensen on August 21, 1925, at home in Lake Mills, WI.

Gwynn graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1943. He then enlisted and served his country in WWII in the U. S. Navy Air Corps from 1943-45. He was stationed in the South Pacific and flew from the carrier USS Santee in a Grumman Avenger Torpedo Bomber.   He was an Aviation Radioman 3rd Class and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery.

In 1946, following the war, he attended and graduated from UW-Madison.  He played Right Halfback for the Badger Football team from 1947-1950.   He was selected to be on the first Senior Bowl team in 1950. He then furthered his education and received his Masters from UW-Stout.  He married his hometown sweetheart, Pearl Hein, on July 29, 1950, and then began teaching and coaching in high schools from 1950-59, which included Mondovi, Watertown, Janesville and Muskego, WI.  His college coaching began at Wayne State in Nebraska, but he yearned to return to the Badger state. In 1962 he moved his family to River Falls, WI and became Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at UW-River Falls.

In 1970 a career move brought his family to New Richmond where he found his niche in sales at WIXK Radio, Bernard’s Northtown and finally Dowd Reliance Insurance in Hammond where he retired in 2003.

During their retirement, Gwynn and Pearl had fun making many memories with family and friends, traveling to Arizona to enjoy the warm weather, and many U.S. destinations for reunions with his Navy comrades and their wives.

Gwynn supported his beloved Badgers and attended four Rose Bowls in Pasadena. He was an avid golfer and Green Bay Packer fan.  He was also a member of the ZOR Shrine, Mason, the American Legion in New Richmond and was an active member of United Methodist Church for 45 years.

Gwynn was preceded in death by his parents, Rolland and Margaret (Krueger); his brothe,r Gordon; father and mother-in-law, Ben and Clara (Steinel) Hein; sisters-in-law Betty Christensen, Elaine Hein, Joyce Schuld; and brothers in law Jim, Marvin (Rachel) and Phil Hein.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Pearl; daughters, Vicki (Chuck) Ulrich, Tama (Scott) Schmidt; grandchildren, Charlie Ulrich (Deana), Emily Wolf (Gary), Taylor Moe (Tom), Sarah Cupo (Jason) and Carley Schmidt; great grandchildren, Jaivon, Blake, Ashtyn, Ethan, Eric, Ella, Caleb, Conrad, Alivia, Justice and Enzo; nephew, Dennis Christensen (Monica); and niece, Karen Dietrich (Bobby).

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at New Richmond United Methodist Church, 209 East 2nd St., followed by a Masonic service at 11:30 a.m.  Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m.  Military honors will be performed by the American Legion Post #80 of New Richmond.

Our family would like to express a very heartfelt thank you to Westfields Hospital, Lakeview Hospice and especially the American Heritage Care Center for their support, compassion, and wonderful care of Gwynn.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the family.  

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is Altoona is serving the family.  


Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at New Richmond United Methodist Church, 209 East 2nd St., followed by a Masonic service at 11:30 a.m.


12 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at New Richmond United Methodist Church, 209 East 2nd St.,