Theodore W. Christisen


Theodore W. Christisen, 78, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
He was born August 12, 1945, in Seventy-Six, Missouri, to Ludwig William and Evelyn Mary Schremp Christisen. He and Caroline Brewer were married September 21, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Perryville. He later married Janet Runge in 1988. She preceded him in death August 23,2017.
Ted worked several years as a farm hand and especially enjoyed bailing hay. He also worked at the Alfalfa Mill in McBride and for Deere & Co. in East Moline, Illinois. He was an over the road truck driver for over forty years.
Loving survivors include two children, Patti Jean (Ralph) Gilliam of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Mark Wade Christisen of Jackson; two brothers, Roy (Shirley) Christisen, and Allen (Renee) Christisen; four sisters, Loretta Wood, Judy (Robert) Fry, Patricia (Rodney) Torbert, and Donna Mahnken; a niece, Amanda (Michael) Klaus; and a nephew, Bradley (Tiffany) Mahnken; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Theodore was preceded in death by a son, Theodore Christisen II; eight brothers, Robert, David, Merlin, Larry, Kenneth, and Ronald Christisen, and two infant brothers; three sisters, Carolyn Grindstaff, Norma Schumer, and Terri Emmendorfer; and two brothers-in-law, Neal Mahnken and James Grindstaff.
Visitation was Wednesday, August 23, 2023, from 4-8 p.m, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 8 am to service time, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville.
The funeral service will be held at 10 am, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. Burial will follow at Point Rest Cemetery near Menfro.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Perryville or Zion Lutheran Church, Crosstown.
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