Services were held Friday Dec. 21 at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Pastor Larry Nielsen officiated. Burial was in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, Iowa.
Pete was born Jan. 13, 1910 near Alta, to Danish immigrants Carl and Christina (Thygersen) Christensen. He attended country school in the Aurelia and Linn Grove areas. He attended barber school in Sioux City, but found his "knack" in cooking. During World War II he worked as a welder in the shipyards in California. On Aug. 21, 1945 he married Leahanne "Lee" Thietje in Hartley. She preceded him in death March 15, 2007.
Pete owned and operated his own restaurants in Hartley and Spencer. After moving to Cherokee, in 1960 he worked as a cook for Speelmon's Steak House and the Caravan Country Kitchen. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cherokee. In his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, reading, watching baseball and old movies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife "Lee" (2007), five sisters (Astera, Nora, Lillia, Marvel, Kella) four brothers (William, Alfred, Arnold, Karl) nephews (Calvin and Roger Christensen)
He is survived by his daughters, Cheri Stevenson of Corvallis, Ore., Beckly Haselhoff and her husband, Roger, of Aurelia,; grandchildren, Denise Shepherd of Beaverton, Ore., Matthew Haselhoff of Algonquin, Ill., Michael Haselhoff and his wife, Melissa, of Parker, Colo.; great-granddaughter Emma Lynn Haselhoff; a sister-in-law, Doris Hunt of Rapid City, S.D.; a niece, Claudine Cacek of Custer, S.D., family friends, Alan Piatt, Larry and Maureen Petersen.