Howard Otto Christensen

August 17, 1922

October 20, 2023

Howard Otto Christensen, a resident of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2023, at the remarkable age of 101. Howard was born on August 17, 1922, on the family farm near Standard, Alberta. Growing up with four siblings, Howard cherished his family deeply. While his brothers were obliged to assist in World War II, Howard was designated an “agricultural worker” and remained on the farm. Although he had little interest in formal education, Howard honed his shooting skills and became an exceptional marksman. He remembered working on the farm and driving a tractor as early as the age of ten.

In his thirties, Howard achieved his pilot’s license by training at the Calgary Airport. His test flight from Calgary to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and back to Calgary marked his sole experience as a pilot. Howard met and married Betty June Angel, who served as a teacher in Chancellor. Together, they raised four children and Howard delighted in creating various amusements for them, including a go-cart, monkey bars, and a giraffe-shaped slide. Over the years, as grandchildren and great-grandchildren entered the picture, Howard continuously invented new ways to entertain them, such as crafting a wagon for his grandsons.

While Howard initially farmed in the Chancellor area until 1964, he eventually relocated his family to Calgary and worked as a handyman and painter. In his later years, Howard dedicated his time to multiple projects in his wood shop, showcasing his skills in various tasks, most notably crafting tables. For over two decades, he organized a family picnic at different locations to celebrate everyone’s birthday for the year. Howard’s passion for baseball led him to join a city seniors men’s team after retirement, and he continued to play ball until his nineties. His perseverance and sportsmanship earned him the prestigious Bob Sanderson Award in 2013. Additionally, Howard actively participated in curling throughout his nineties, playing twice a week. Apart from sports, he found joy in cross-country skiing and hiking.

Howard played an instrumental role in supporting his Conservative constituency offices during elections, assisting with sign placements and removals. Known for his caring and easy-going nature, Howard was always willing to lend a helping hand. His genuine smile and laid-back demeanor will be sorely missed by many. Howard is survived by his sons, Colin Christensen and Kevin Christensen, his daughter Shirley Berry, and daughter-in-law Sandra Christensen. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and a special friend named Georgie Muir and her family. Sadly, Howard was predeceased by his son Daryl Christensen in Rathdrum, Idaho on March 5, 2022.

In accordance with Howard’s wishes, there will be no funeral service at this time. However, a family gathering will take place on a later date to honor his memory. Condolences, memories, and photos can be shared and viewed at “www.mhfh.com.”

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