Major (Ret) John Christensen, USAR, 79,
of Carlisle and formerly of Manheim, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Carlisle Regional Medical Center with his loving
family by his side. He was born on Sunday, February 5, 1933, in Dover, NH, a son of the late Ernest and Lois (Hanson) Christensen.
John graduated from Dover High School in New Hampshire
and received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and also attended one year of medical
school at the University of Vermont. He served more than 21 years with the US Army Reserve and retired with the rank of Major
and was the holder of the Ranger Tab. John had worked for 33 years with the former Moore Business Forms, Inc., Lancaster and
had co-owned and operated with his business partner, Michael Esworthy, Progressive Forms & Label Systems in Harrisburg,
which was acquired by The Phillips Group. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Carlisle. John enjoyed and
was a member of several area dance clubs, and he also enjoyed skiing.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 22 years, Doris "Dee" (McHugh)
Christensen, one daughter, Karen Christensen Poe of Palmyra, one son, Eric H. (and his wife, Denise) Christensen of Lititz,
one brother, Robert (and his wife, Lenore) Christensen of East Bridgewater, MA, five grandchildren; Christopher Adam Poe,
Evan M. Poe, Elissa N. Poe, Kadin H. Christensen and Tierza B. Christensen, two great-granddaughters, one niece and one nephew.
Also surviving are his stepchildren; Susan (and her husband, Michael) Reinaman of Dillsburg, Julie (and her husband, Kirk)
Reed of San Diego, CA and James Borst of Newburg, his mother-in-law, Edna Collins of Surprise, AZ and three step-grandchildren;
Joseph, Jacob and Rebekah Reinaman.
services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Ritner Highway, Carlisle,
with military honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal
Church, On the Square in Carlisle, with Rev. Canon Mark A. Scheneman officiating. The family will receive friends following
the service in the church parish hall for a time of fellowship. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is assisting the family
with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior
Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
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I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing..Please know that my
thoughts and prayers are with you and if you need anything please let me know.
So sorry for your loss, I worked
with John for more than 13 years and he was a pleasure to work with and his knowlwdge and stories would always surprise me
and have me laughing. He will truly be missed...
Bruce Brandt (EAGLE Graphics Inc. )
We are praying with you in this time of loss.
May God hold you in peace and love.
John and Joan Cowburn
Peace and Love be with
Ken and Mary Ann Lucas
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