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Eugene Kristensen - May 29, 2013


Eugene “Kris” Kristensen, 93 years of age from Minden, formerly of Tijeras, N.M., died on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Bethany Home in Minden.
Kris was born on Dec. 18, 1919, near Minden to Arthur and Magdalena (Mestmacher) Kristensen.
He grew up in the Minden area and graduated from Minden High School in 1938. He attended Nebraska College of Commerce in Hastings.
He began his government career in January 1941 in the office of the Secretary of War in Washington, D.C.
He served in the U.S. Army from March 1942 until 1946. He achieved the rank of Major. After his discharge he briefly worked for the Veterans Administration in Albuquerque, N.M. After the war he was assigned to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, N.M. The Project was the United States military agency responsible for the nuclear weapons remaining under the military after the Manhattan Project. In 1973 The Special Weapons activity was downgraded and Kris became the Labor Relations Officer for Kirtland Air Force Base until he retired in 1980.
Kris married Mary Jean Isler on May 14, 1944, at the chapel at Roswell Army Airfield in Roswell, N.M.
Kris was a life member of the Elks Club.
He received several commendations for his military and civil service.
Survivors include his brother, Donald M. Kristensen and wife Mary Lou of Minden; brother-in-law, Francis H. Isler and wife Shera of Tucumcari, N.M., and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife in 1999.
Funeral services were June 1 at the Bethany Home Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Nancy Cole officiating.
Burial was June 5 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M., with military honors.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden was in charge of arrangements.