Melvin R. 'Redgy' Christensen, 71
Redgy Christensen passed on to his Heavenly Father on March 27, 2014 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He passed at his home surrounded by members of his loving family.
He was born in Rock Springs, Wyo. on March 25, 1943 to Thomas Christensen and Mazie Boren Christensen.
He was raised in Manila, Utah and went to school there from grades 1 through 12. He excelled in sports, especially basketball.
On June 22, 1962 he married Deanna Brown. They have three surviving daughters, Paula Ann (Rob) Gordon, Robin Leigh Franco and Jodi Sue (Timothy) Amber. Redgy and Deanna later divorced. He then married Debby Gardner on March 23, 1970. They have three surviving sons, R. James Christensen, Robert T. “Bobby” (Edene) Christensen and R. Ray Christensen.
Redgy and Debby moved from Salt Lake City, Utah in 1978 to Pingree, Idaho where they presently reside. Redgy was a union ironworker for over 30 years. He was mainly a foreman on several jobs in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Washington. He was part owner along with his sons of Christensen Steel, Inc from 1998 to 2002. Two total knee replacements finally forced him to retire in 2002.
Redgy mainly enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, woodworking (especially his barn wood picture frames) and spending quality time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Debby; four brothers, T. Jerry (Merilee) Christensen, Ronnie T. Christensen, Floyd V. Christensen and Brent (Sue) Christensen; two sisters, Nancy M. Caldwell and Brenda Anderson; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; and nieces.
A celebration of Redgy’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. Family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The family is asking that, if anyone is so inclined, in lieu of flowers a donation to either cancer research or hospice be made in Redgy’s memory.