Details for James "Buzz" Christophersen
September 9, 1936 - February 20, 2018
Shopiere, WI -- James A. “Buzz” Christophersen, 81 years old, of Shopiere, WI died peacefully with family on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Azura Memory Care, Beloit, WI. He was born in the family home to Harry and Minnie (Nelson) Christophersen in Shopiere, on September 9, 1936. He graduated from Clinton H.S. in 1954, and married Toby A. Jones on August 13, 1955. Buzz retired from GMAD in 1991, where he was a member of the UAW, and a committee man for many years. He was a member of Shopiere Congregational Church, and a member of the volunteer Turtle Fire Dept. Buzz loved Triumph motorcycles, and restored them for decades until 2009. Buzz was a life member of the American Motorcycle Assoc., and a member of the Cast Iron Cowboys Motorcycle Club, the 4R’s Motorcycle Club, and the Pacesetters Motorcycle Club. Buzz helped host many events, including the ice races on Rice Lake for many years. He would hunt morels every spring, hunt deer in Ontario, WI yearly, go to any motorcycle race he could get to. Buzz dearly loved going to Daytona Beach with Toby every March, as well as other vacation spots. He always had stories to tell. Buzz was well known, and loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his children: Steven Christophersen, of Shopiere, Julie (Dennis) Newland, of Clinton, WI, and Laura (Ted) Brockner, of Beloit; his five grandchildren: Brandyn (Sonja) Capes, Shannon (Karl) Pawinski, Kaitlyn (Cedrick) Edwards, Steven Capes, and Austin (fiancée, Michelle Herzog) Brockner; his six great-grandchildren: Drea, Mia, Peyton, Chloe, Myloh, Olivia, and one on the way! He is further survived by sisters, Eleanor Ramsey, of Beloit, and Annabelle (Harold) Schiefelbein, of Janesville, WI; sister-in-law, Nancy Christophersen; brothers-in-law, Mike (Sharon) Jones, and Vic Stibbe, both of Beloit, and Tim Urbonya, of Madison, WI; many nieces; nephews; cousins; and wonderful, lifelong friends, including special friends: Dale and Dianne Matteson, Ron and Barb Whitson, Bob and Tina Soderberg, and Dawn Wollslair for all her compassion, care and love for “Dad” these last 3 years. He was preceded in death by Toby, his wife of 59 years; his parents; his son, Jay; brothers, Bob (Barb) and Sonny Christophersen; and an infant sister.
Buzz’s Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. on Saturday February 24, 2018 in the SHOPIERE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 5328 East Church St., Shopiere with Rev. Norman Starks officiating. Friends will be received on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Brian G. Mark Funeral Home, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit and again on Saturday in Church from Noon until the time of service. Burial will follow the service in the Shopiere Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Shopiere Congregational Church or the Rock Co. Dementia Care. Please share a memory or a condolence with the Christophersen family on our website, brianmarkfh.com.
Brian G. Mark Funeral Homes, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit (608) 362-2000