Larry “Cork” Christensen passed on to his heavenly home on December 1, 2020. He was
a lifelong resident of Adams County until recently when he resided in Grand Island at
The Heritage at Sagewood.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be delayed to a later date. Private
condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland
Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Cork was born on November 11, 1934 in a home south of Holstein, NE. He attended the
Morseville country school, then Holstein Public School, where he graduated. Cork
farmed southwest of Holstein for almost his entire life beginning as a youngster with his
dad, then independently.
He married Jean Pointer on August 22, 1954, at which point they became “Cork & Jean”
to all who knew them. Together they were blessed with four children, Ronnie, Terri, Lori
He was a member of the Holstein Grace United Methodist Church and served on various
committees and offices for the church. He was also involved in community and business
activities, including serving on the Holstein Elevator Board and the Holstein School
Cork served as a Sergeant in Company “G” 134th Infantry of the National Guard, based
in Hastings, for six years in the 1950s. He achieved Expert on the M-1 30 caliber rifle,
and Marksman on the 57 MM Recoilless rifle.
A family man through and through, he attended many church programs, ball games, band
concerts, and other various activities for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
nieces, and nephews. He was a fun guy to be around and he especially enjoyed teasing
and joking with kids in his wide circle of family & friends. “Cork & Jean” were good
dancers, enjoying community dances at the Holstein Legion Hall and later square
dancing. They enjoyed traveling and camping in their travel trailer during the offseason
and in retirement. Cork also enjoyed collecting toy tractors. He began his collection with
“just the tractors I used when I farmed”, but his collection grew much larger once he
caught “the bug”. Always one to work with his hands, he enjoyed restoring old tractors,
including the first tractor he used when farming with his father, a 1931 CC Case. He
made beautiful things with wood – from furniture to drink coasters.
Cork was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; infant son, Ronnie; daughter, Terri; his
parents, Julius and Gladys (Peggy) Christensen; sister, Mary Ann Reiss; sister-in-law,
Donna Granville; brothers-in-law, Earl Reiss and Frank Mikos; and close friend/former
“hired man”, Gene Gentert.
Cork is survived by his daughters, Lori (Dan) Stevens of Hastings, NE and Peggy
Christensen of Aurora, NE; grandchildren, Julie Trausch of Lincoln, NE, Jeremy
(Jessica) Trausch of Roseland, NE, Jenna Trausch of Hastings, NE, Kazia Podraza of
Aurora, NE, and Luke Stevens of Hastings, NE; great-grandchildren, Linkin Newman of
Hastings, NE and Zade Podraza of Aurora, NE; sister, Delores Mikos of Seward, NE;
sister-in-law, Jody (Ronnie) Friend of Newport News, VA; nieces and nephews, Sharilyn
(Dennis) Albers of Alvin, TX, Dennis (Connie) Reiss of Sutton, NE, Brad Reiss of Red
Cloud, NE, Kim (Duane) Hagedorn of Omaha, NE, Kory (Kim) Mikos of Gretna, NE,
Ronnie Jr (Sherri) Friend of Hampton, VA, Robin Friend of Hampton, VA, Tycho
Granville of The Dalles, OR, and Marla Granville of Tigard, OR; along with many
extended family members and friends including former employees, Byron Swanson,
Roger Shaw, Brian Bonifas, and Allen Ehrman.
A special thank you to those who cared for Cork in his later years including Jenna,
Linkin, staff members of Home Instead, Tabitha Hospice, and The Heritage at Sagewood.