It is with great sadness that the family of Wayne Christensen announces his passing on October 16, 2020 in Swift Current. He faced a year long journey with cancer with determination, dignity and grace with his family by his side sharing memories, laughter, tears and much love with him.
Wayne will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 46 years Heather, daughter Lindsay Jackson and her husband Ryan of Eston, SK; son Kaare and his wife Jodi (Gottselig) of Grand Coulee, SK and grandchildren Daryn, Holden and Eva Jackson and Natalie and Jacob Christensen; his parents Melvin and Evelyn Christensen; brothers Bevan (Michele), Brian (Helen), sisters-in-law Beverley (Allan) Small, Barb (Mike) McCarthy, brothers-in-law Bill (Patty) Garland, David (Karen) Garland, Rod (Wendy) Garland, Aunt Corinne Peters, Uncle Britton McCrie, Aunt Eileen Ferguson as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and so many dear friends. Wayne was pre-deceased by his parents-in-law Bruce and Irene Garland.
Wayne met Heather at Clearwater Lake in June 1972 and a few short months later asked her to marry him. They wed on September 28, 1974 at First United Church in Swift Current. They found love and a best friend in each other.
Wayne was a hero to Lindsay and Kaare and was so very proud to have Lindsay become a registered nurse. He valued her knowledge, opinion and advice on all things medical. One of Wayne's proudest moments was presenting Kaare with his RCMP badge when Kaare graduated depot in 2003. He was adored by his grandkids and took so much joy in watching them grow and their unique personalities emerge. He was loved and respected by family and many close friends.
Wayne was born in Kyle, Saskatchewan on a sunny spring day in April 1952 to Melvin and Evelyn Christensen. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in Kyle.
On May 7, 1973 he was sworn in as an RCMP member and began six months training at Depot Division in Regina. He began his 36 year policing career at Tisdale, Saskatchewan with postings and promotions along the way in Elbow, Beauval, Prince Albert and Regina. He was respected by colleagues and made so many friends at those detachments and communities. He enjoyed his job so much and said he felt he hadn't worked a day in his life.
His favourite times were spent with family and friends. In retirement, Wayne and Heather worked hard to build their acreage into their dream home where Wayne became a jack of all trades tackling building projects, honing his plumbing, electrical and gardening skills and much to his dismay, learning about horses. He especially enjoyed time at the cabin at Mistussine and was happiest boating at the lake. Wayne and Heather enjoyed travel in Canada, Europe and the US. He had an interest in family history so much so that he researched and found relatives in Norway, travelled there and was able to see where his great grandparents had lived. It was such a special time for Wayne.
Wayne was kind and caring, gentle with a good heart and easy smile. He was honest, trustworthy, generous of spirit, and had a quiet demeanour that came with strength of character.
Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Wayne's life in their own way or by planting a tree or raising a glass of their favourite drink in his memory and joining him in beer o' clock.
A memorial service was held at First United Church on October 23, 2020 with Rev Annette Taylor officiating. Donations in his honour to the Swift Current SPCA or to Stars Ambulance would be appreciated by his family. Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home.
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