Raymond Edward Christen, born December 16, 1925, passed away on the morning of Sunday, March 11. He leaves behind Leroy (Victoria) and Loretta Martinelli, his brothers Clifford and Alfred (Toni), his sisters Eleanor, Carolyn (Howard) and Aileen, and his brother in law Carl Bucher as well as a granddaughter, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Lillian Christen, his parents George and Mary Christen, and his sister Cecelia Bucher.

Ray was born in Alton. The oldest of seven children, he grew up in Wadington and graduated from Ferndale High School in 1943. He was a devoted son, brother and uncle. Ray worked at the Humboldt Creamery for 47 years rising to become plant foreman before retiring in 1990. He was well liked and respected by his fellow employees for his competence, work ethic and loyalty.

When he met his wife Lillian (Dolly), his life was complete. They enjoyed traveling together, taking many wonderful trips and cruises in Asia and Europe with friends and family. Ray’s love for Dolly was never more poignant than when he devoted his waking hours to be by her side during her health struggles in 2017.

Ray was an avid and accomplished gardener. He enjoyed regularly “teeing it up” with his friends at Redwood Empire CC. Amongst things that Ray held most dear was his large extended family. Many days and evenings were spent in their company. His nieces and nephews were graced by his good humor and presence throughout their lives. They all thank him for teaching them how to drive (at a very young age) and other essential life skills.

His Catholic faith was an equally important part of his life. He was a generous and devoted parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fortuna. A viewing will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 pm followed by a rosary at 7:45 pm on Thursday, March 15 at Gobles Mortuary, Fortuna. Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 16 at St. Joseph’s Church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, 100 Pine St. #2040, San Francisco, California 94111 or a charity of your choice.


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