It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our son, brother and uncle, Kyle Foster
Christensen. He was 54 years old.
Kyle was born December 29, 1964 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He lived there until 1972 when the family moved to
Columbus, Ohio where Kyle spent the remaining years of his education. He graduated from Upper Arlington High
School in 1983. Later, Kyle attended Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. He eventually decided to
concentrate on working in the construction industry using his skills of carpentry. He was a natural craftsman and did
fine work always striving to achieve the highest levels of quality to meet his own standards.
Kyle is survived by his mother Lois Foster Leihgeber (Jim), father Dean Christensen (Judy), sister Kara Christensen
Curran (Mike), brother Erik Christensen (Cheryl), and nieces and nephews Erik (Maeve), Laura (Scott), Hallie,
Caroline (Matt), Alexander, Ansley and Emily as well as grand-nieces Mary Grace and Ro and his grand-nephew
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Oscar and Charlotte Christensen and maternal grandparents
Charlie and Belva Foster.
Kyle loved the great outdoors and specifically the West. His life took him to live in many places there including
Littleton, Aspen, Durango, Minturn and Red Cliff, Colorado; Boise, Idaho; Pinedale, Wyoming; and Bend, Oregon.
Living in these places allowed him to enjoy skiing, hiking and simply being outside with his thoughts.
Kyle was a loyal friend and family member. Many of his friends today have been friends since childhood. He loved his
family, was proud of them and always wished he had more time with them.
He had a special relationship with his Grandpa Oscar spending time with him over the years fishing, and later, joined
by his dad and brother on the lakes of Wisconsin and in Canada, making fond memories for them all. He became a
Master Angler in Manitoba, Canada by catching a record walleye.
Kyle’s passion was music of all kinds but particularly bluegrass and The Grateful Dead. He listened to music
constantly at home or in his car and regularly attended live shows both well-known and more obscure.
He enjoyed many years with his beloved dog Ursa who provided him with great love and companionship.
Kyle enjoyed daily meditation and found it to be a peaceful, grounding practice that made him more thankful and
aware of life’s blessings.
Given the opportunity to describe him since his passing, many have mentioned his gentle soul. He will be missed by
A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, November 17th . Many family members and friends attended to celebrate
Kyle’s life, enjoying music, prayers and memories.
Because Kyle so appreciated God’s wonders, donations in his memory may be made to The National Park
Foundation at https://fundraise.nationalparks.org/Kyle-Christensen or a tribute donation to Doctors Without Borders
www.doctorswithoutborders.org in Kyle’s memory.
To send flowers to Kyle's family, please visit our floral section.