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Alvin Benjamin "Benny" Christensen
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1926
Nuckolls County
Nebraska, USA
Death: May 1, 1977
Thayer County
Nebraska, USA

Ruskin farmer dies after fall from tractor.

A Ruskin farmer, Benny Christensen, 51, died Sunday in the Thayer County Memorial Hospital in Hebron from injuries received Thursday in a farm accident on his farm.

Family members said the mishap occurred while Christensen was fertilizing with anhydrous ammonia. The trailer pin came uncoupled and broke pulling the hose loose from the tank behind the applicator.

It is believed Christensen was trying to jump from the tractor to avoid the fumes when he fell beneath the tractor and the vehicle ran over him.

Complications from a number of broken ribs, a fractured shoulder blade and punctured right lung were the apparent cause of his death.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p.m., at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ruskin. The Rev. John Sorenson officiated and interment was in Spring Creek Cemetery. The Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife, Charlotte; sons, Doyle of Rising City and Randy of the home; daughters, Mrs. Larry Judy (Dorcas) of Hardy, Mrs. Rocky Renz (Rogene) of Ruskin and Rhonda of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Christensen of Ruskin; two brothers, Donald of Riceville, Iowa, and Willard of Hardy; and one grandson, Brian Judy.

Alvin Benjamin Christensen, one of three children of Oscar and Thora Petersen Christensen, was born on a farm near Ruskin on January 15, 1926.

He was baptized at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ruskin in the year of his birth by Pastor Johan Petersen.

Benny (as he was known by all) grew up on the farm. He was educated at the District 2, Wiemer County School and a graduate of the Ruskin High School.

Benny was married to Charlotte Christiansen on June 13, 1948, at Bethany. To this union five children were born.

At the time of his death he was a faithful member and president of the Bethany Lutheran Church. He was a past Sunday School teacher, a past Sunday School Superintendent, a past board member of the Farmers Union Co-op and a past member of the Ruskin School Board.

After injuries due to a farm tractor accident on Thursday, April 28, Benny died in the Hebron Hospital on Sunday, May 1, 1977, at the age of 51 years, 3 months and 16 days.

He is survive by his mother and father, Oscar and Thora Christensen of Ruskin; his widow, Charlotte of Ruskin; three daughters, Dorcas (Mrs. Larry Judy) of Hardy, Rogene (Mrs. Rocky Renz) of Ruskin, and Rhonda at home; two sons, Doyle and daughter-in-law, Teresa, of Rising City, Nebraska, and Randy at home; two brothers, Donald of Riceville, Iowa, and Willard of Hardy; and a grandson, Brian Judy.

Funeral services were held from the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ruskin on Wednesday afternoon, May 4, 1977. Pastor John Sorenson officiated. Two vocal selections, Beautiful Savior, and Our Father has Light in His Window, were sung by Hartley Petersen accompanied by Hildegarde Hansen. Pallbearers were Eldon Sorensen, Donald Petersen, Harold Hansen, Thorkild Kastrup, Ronald Lewis, and Willard McCutcheon. Burial was in the Springcreek (sic) Cemetery at Ruswkin. The Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, May 12, 1977; pg. 3

Family links: 
  Oscar Christensen (1895 - 1995)
  Thora Petersen Christensen (1898 - 1998)
  Donald Edwin Christensen (1922 - 2015)*
  Alvin Benjamin Christensen (1926 - 1977)
  Willard Lee Christensen (1931 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Creek Cemetery
Nuckolls County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Lot 77A, Grave 4
Created by: Marsha Hanson Dillon
Record added: Feb 13, 2009
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Alvin Benjamin Benny Christensen
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