CHRISTEN, Walter Edwin, 90, of Abilene, Texas, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his residence.
He was born in Paden City, West Virginia, January 7, 1923, to parents Walter U. Christen and Hattie Mae (Kirby) Christen.
He had one sister, L. Imogene (Imy) (Christen) Kemper of Wellsburg, WV, and a brother, Chauncey M. (Bud) Christen of Canton, OH, both deceased.
Walter is survived by his two children, daughter Sandra K. Lucas Knowles of Harrington, DE, and son Terrance L. (Terry) Christen of Lilburn, GA. Other survivors include six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Walter attended Paden City Junior High School and graduated from Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, WV, class of 1942. After serving with the U.S. Navy Seabees, he went to Chicago, IL, and attended Coyne Electrical School, where he graduated. He was employed by General Electrics Co. Distributor for 18 years, was a credit manager for RCA Victor Distributor for eight years, and was a group credit manager for Panasonic Company, Division of Matsushita Electric Corp. of American for 18 years. Health problems forced him to go to a milder climate. Walter moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Abilene in 1992.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Abilene, TX, and a member of Parramore Post #0057 American Legion, Abilene, TX. He was a Mason, PM, affiliated with North West Lodge No. 271 of Chicago, a Medina Shriner of Addison, IL, and a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Chicago.
He loved to travel in his motor home with his lifelong friend, Tommy Denton, and his German shepherd dog. The Denton family of Ballinger, TX have been his friends for some 50 years.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Clyde Kieschnick officiating. urial with U.S. Navy military honors will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hamil Family Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church – Debt Reduction Fund, 2801 Antilley Rd., Abilene, TX 79606; West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605; or Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605.
Online condolences may be posted at www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.