I always find unique and first ever type documents that I've never seen before in Veteran's military collections, and why I prefer to go through the papers myself. I will find something
that is historically unique and important and may use it in the Veterans' book.
This first document is really unique. I wonder if today's military goes through "marriage counseling" like occurred with Mervin?
I'm sure some would consider it invasion of privacy but with the degradation of family life today, I wonder if this wasn't a good idea after all.
Training for transfer
Volunteer for Korea
In 2011, Mervin Christensen was interviewed by his family. Below is the rough draft of that interview about his military service.
I also received several pictures to scan and have now asked for military and discharge papers and any other photos they may have to help finalize Mervin's story.
Mervin passed away in 2012, so we are fortunate to get these memories and notes, first-hand from him.
Anyone connected to Manning and is a Veteran, I encourage to contact me so we can work on your military write-up. All of these stories takes a lot of time to work on and photos need to also be scanned and edited, so please do not delay.
F-86 that Merv worked on
Mervin - high school graduate
While my database is quite extensive, I don't always have individual pictures of all family members I feature in these web page
stories...missing below are Mervin's wife, Sondra, and their son Mike.
I can usually find other pictures of the person being featured which shows how they participated in the community...here are a few more pictures of the Christensen family.
Renee Christensen MHS 1975
1974 Good Ole Days - Mervin Christensen operating a belt driven buzz saw, assisted by Barry Kusel.
Back: Levi, Bill, Courtney, Patrick, Mike, Shari, Dale, Nate
Front: Breann, Starre, Sondra, Martin, Mervin, Renee, Nicki, Stacy, Benjamin.
From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book
Mervin and Sondra Christensen, along with their children, Starre, Renee, and Michael moved from Denison, Iowa, to Manning in the fall of 1965.
They owned and operated Chris's Dairy Sweet for eighteen years. Mervin served as president of the Manning Chamber of Commerce. He also was active in the Manning VFW and the Manning American Legion. Mervin worked for the Manning Ag Center, M&I Dehy, and Rasmussen Lumber. He drove school bus and did lawn maintenance for the Manning School District until his complete retirement in 2002. During this time Sondra worked as a CNA at the Manning Plaza. She also volunteered with the Manning ambulance as an EMT for thirteen years, volunteered with the local AFS Chapter as President and later as Regional Coordinator.
They are members of the Zion Lutheran Church.
Starre (MHS 1972) graduated from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing in 1975. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City in 1986 and a Master of Science from Arizona State University's College of Nursing in 1996. She married William F. Haney of Columbus, Nebraska, in 1976. They lived in Overland, Kansas, for three years and then moved to Sioux City where their three children were born. In 1989 they moved to Mesa, Arizona, where they continue to live. William works for the City of Mesa as the Director of Water and Waste Water. Starre is the Disaster Supervisor for the Scottsdale Healthcare System and coordinates their military partnership program. Their son Patrick, born in 1979, graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering, and works for a private consulting firm in Phoenix, Arizona. While attending UNL, Patrick played on the university water polo team and was a member of Phi Psi Fraternity. Their daughter Breann, born in 1981, graduated in 2005 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor's degree in physical education with a coaching endorsement. Breann also swam for two years with the UNO Mavericks women's swim and diving team, setting many distance records. She is married to Levi Oman from Callway, Nebraska. They reside in Omaha where she coaches for the Brownell-Talbott Raiders Swim team, and Levi works as a foreman in construction. Their daughter Courtney was born in 1986 and attends the University of Connecticut where she is a member of the Husky Women's swimming and diving team. While at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Courtney was an Arizona 5A State Champion in the 100 breast stroke, All American in the 100 breast stroke and 400 free style relay, and All American Consideration in the 200 IM and 200 Free Relay. The Haney family hosted an AFS student Anna Vinnars, from Sweden, during the 2003-2004 school year.
Renee married Dale Stangl in 1975. They have two children: Nathan and Nicole.
Michael (MHS 1979) graduated from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1981, where he played football his freshman year. He then went on to Morningside College in Sioux City, graduating in 1983 with a BS degree in Ag Business and Economics. He is married to Shari O'Bannon of Storm Lake, Iowa. He has one son, Martin and two step-sons, Doug and Steve O'Bannon. Currently Mike works for Tyson Fresh Meats as a Hog Buyer in Prinsburg, Minnesota. Shari is the Buena Vista County Recorder in Storm Lake.
The Mervin and Sondra Christensen family hosted four AFS students: Johannes Plessing, Austria, 1974-1975; Hans Kristian Hegland, Norway, 1977-1978; Taryn Glasson, Australia, 1984-1985; Mikkel Nordvig, Denmark-Greenland, 1992-1993.