Robert "Bob" Christensen, 51, chief executive officer of Christensen Farms, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, from an apparent heart attack while hunting with his son and friends in Kansas.
Christensen Farms, Sleepy Eye, Minn., started as a small family operation in 1974. Today, it is one of the United States’ largest producers of pork, with operations in six states. The pork production enterprise includes feed-production facilities. Christensen also was instrumental in developing Triumph Foods’ hog packing and processing business.
Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, North Chapel, and will continue on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the church from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service time.
The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm, Minn. Burial will be on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at the Prairieville Cemetery in Prairieville Township in Brown County.
Monday evening, the company announced changes to the board of directors as well as management adjustments, click here for more.
Christensen Farms provided the following obituary for Bob Christensen:
Bob Christensen may have been an unlikely person to become a giant in American agriculture. With his beginnings in a small farm outside of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and tending to the farming needs of the family as opposed to getting a college education for himself, one might have predicted a competent solid citizen; not a world class entrepreneur. But Bob has always wanted to defy the odds. Using the values and experience of his simple beginnings, Bob became a pioneer for modern animal agriculture and a role model to those who seek excellence.
In his work life, evidence of Bob’s imagination, intuitive business sense, and hard work are apparent. Bob built a pork production company that is, today, one of the largest family owned livestock production operations in the world. Bob’s company, Christensen Farms, employs over a thousand people across the Midwest. The Christensen Farms herd is the backbone of farming operations of hundreds of independent contract producers in Iowa and Minnesota. The professional staff that Bob has assembled continues to advance the Company’s goal of producing the highest quality product at the lowest possible price for consumers both in the United States and abroad.
Evidence of Bob’s creativity is apparent elsewhere in the industry. Bob was a pioneer with respect to animal housing, genetics, nutrition and nutrient management, and a host of other specialized activities that have made livestock production more cost effective and profitable. His methods have been adopted by many of his fellow producers.