BANGOR - Robert E. "Bob" Christen, 80, of Kingfield, passed peacefully on the evening of Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor.
He was born on April 1, 1934, in Westwood, N.J., a son of Emil John and Winnifred (Denman) Christen. He received his education in Park Ridge, N.J., and was a veteran, having served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
On June 27, 1970, he married Diane Bors in Park Ridge.
In 1980, he and his family moved to Kingfield, where he enjoyed farming and raising beef. The summer months were favorites, as he loved to hay. He took a great deal of pride and enjoyment from being able to mentor many young people during their employment on the farm throughout their formative years. He was also a self-employed plumber and co-owned The Woodsman Restaurant in Kingfield with his wife, Diane.
He was a dedicated member of the Kingfield community for many years and served as a selectman for 10 years. He was also a member of Mt. Abram Masonic Lodge 204, the Norton-Wuori American Legion Post and the Aurora Grange. In his free time, he enjoyed fly-fishing, but, most of all, he loved being in the company of his grandchildren on the farm and never wanted to leave the farm, or Kingfield.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane Christen, of Kingfield; three children, Emil Christen, and his wife, Debbie, of Calfon, N.J., Stacie Hotham and her husband, James Hotham DVM, of Blaine, and David Christen and his wife, Bridget, of Benton; and four grandchildren, James Hotham, Elizabeth Hotham, Jacob Hotham and Matthew Christen. He was predeceased by his folks and three siblings, Charles, Harold and Viola Viglietta.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial visitation from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road (U.S. Route 2 and Route 27), Farmington, where public memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Remembrance gifts may be given to Gifts of Love c/o Michelle Beedy, 57 Narrow Gauge St., Kingfield, ME 04947. Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.