Jay Christensen


May 2, 1940 - January 28, 2019


Jay Christensen, 78, of Mitchell, died Monday, January 28, 2019 in the comfort of his own home.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, February 1, 2019 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, January 31 at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Jay David Christensen was born May 2, 1940 in Highmore, SD to Victor Sr. and Elsie “Ruth” (Stoley) Christensen. He graduated from Highmore High School in 1958 and worked various jobs in the Highmore area. Jay married Vesta Gimbel on November 9, 1968 in Miller, SD. The couple resided in Highmore until 1977 and later operated a dairy farm until 1994. They moved to Mitchell where Jay worked for Dakota Manufacturing until retiring in 2008. In recent years he operated his own saw sharpening business.

Jay enjoyed fishing, camping, and gardening. He loved spending time with his family, friends, and pets.

He is survived by his wife, Vesta; children, Julie (Steven) Norvell, Parker, SD, Kirk (Amanda) Christensen, Mitchell, Angela (Philip) Van’t Haaff, Mitchell; grandchildren, Jessie Schlaffman, Cassidy Larson, Cody Larson, Trenton Christensen, Lanie Kaas, Luke Van’t Haaff, and Molly Van’t Haaff; and great-grandchildren, Auden and Vayla Schlaffman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Victor Christensen Jr; and sister Arlene Kutz.


Thursday, January 31, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, February 1, 2019
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Duane and Sandie Aymar on January 31, 2019
Our prayers and sympathy to Vesta and family! May our Lord surround you with His love and comfort! Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow and grief!!
Posted by Berneice Kilber on January 31, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Vesta and her family! Didn’t know he wasn’t well
Posted by Colette Stadlman on January 30, 2019
Angie, Julie, Kirk & Vesta & all the grandkids- Jay will be missed!
Posted by Kristy Ozanne on January 30, 2019
So so sorry for your loss. Very good memories hanging out at the farm with you guys.
Posted by John Kutz on January 30, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss! I have many fond memories as a kid with your family.
Posted by Ronda Hamann on January 29, 2019
Cody sorry for the passing of your Grandpa 😢 Prayers for your family 🙏❤️🙏
Posted by Ronda Hamann on January 29, 2019
Cody sorry for the passing of your Grandpa 😢 Prayets for your family 🙏❤️🙏
Posted by Gara Stadlman on January 29, 2019
Vesta, Angie, Julie, Kirk and family. I am so sorry for the loss of you husband/dad. I didn't know him all to well, but he seemed to be a wonderful man. I thinking of you all and God Bless.
Posted by Jen (Hauser) Leischner on January 29, 2019
Deepest sympathy Vesta and family. Thoughts and prayers!🙏🏻❤️
Posted by Sherry Niles-Schrank on January 29, 2019
Deepest Sympathy to all Family and Friends
Posted by Marge wagner on January 29, 2019
Sorry about your loss angie and family you have my prayers and sympathy
Posted by Kelly Gross on January 29, 2019
I am very sorry to read this. I always enjoyed my visits with Jay when I was out to your place on business. My thoughts are prayers are with you, Vesta.
Posted by Fred and Michelle Stickley on January 28, 2019
Our Deepest Sympathy to Vesta and her family.
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