Dr. R. M. Christensen

Dr. R. M. Christensen

AQHA Director-at-Large and 50-Year Breeder Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ ‘Doc’ Moller Christensen died August 16.

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AQHA Director-at-Large and 50-Year Breeder Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ ‘Doc’ Moller Christensen, passed away August 16, 2021, at Ava’s Hospice House. He was born on February 1, 1936, in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, to Andreas Christensen and Inger Riis Christensen and was the youngest of five children.

He grew up on a farm and was active in 4-H, basketball, football and choir. He attended South Dakota State University and earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1964. Prior to graduating from Iowa State, he served two years in the United States Army and worked at the Animal Research Laboratory at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

While at Iowa State University, he met the love of his life, Linda Thorp, and they were married June 1, 1963. They had four children.

Bob was a skilled and caring veterinarian. He practiced for two years in Elgin, Illinois, and then opened Christensen Pet Clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he practiced until his retirement.

He had a lifelong love of horses and raised registered Quarter Horses for more than 50 years. He also organized and managed the Sioux Falls Quarter Horse Shows for more than 30 years.

Bob was a loving husband and father and always believed in helping those who were less fortunate. He will be missed.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his four siblings, Jens, Eugene, Edna and Paul. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his four children, Heather (Ernie Bell) of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Eric (Anita) of Indianola, Iowa; Rob (Betsy) of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Andrea (A. J. Mese) of Piedmont, South Dakota; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on August 20 at the First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with interment at 4 p.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 19 at Anderson Jones Corcoran Funeral Chapel, Harrisburg, South Dakota.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to IBM research through the Myositis Association, 6950 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 370, Columbia, MD 21046.