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In Memoriam, Feb. 6, 2012

February 3, 2012
Dale R. Christenson Sr., co-owner of a namesake Chevrolet dealership in Highland, Ind., died Jan. 16 at age 90.
Mr. Christenson was an Army veteran of World War II; a longtime businessman in Highland and Griffith, Ind.;  and a volunteer at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point, Ind. He worked for several family businesses before devoting all his efforts to Christenson Chevrolet.
In his free time, Mr. Christenson  loved to be with his extended family at “The Cabin,” teaching adults and children how to fish and enjoy the outdoors. He was an avid supporter of Purdue University.
Survivors include his daughter, Lynn; sons Dale and Robert; stepchildren Frank Lazzaro Jr. and Sheryl Lazzaro; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
William C. “Bill” Shaver, 85, whose family once operated Indiana’s largest Chevrolet dealership, died Jan. 13.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Shaver joined his father, John B. Shaver in the automobile business. His younger brother, Richard Shaver and, later, John B. Shaver III, also joined.
In 1969, Mr. Shaver moved his family near Homewood, where he and his son built a new Chevrolet dealership. That franchise became one of Chicagoland’s largest, and it expanded to include Peugeot (largest in Midwest). He continued to expand by becoming the 3rd assigned Mitsubishi dealership in the Midwest region.  
Mr. Shaver is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jane; sons John and William; daughters Connie and Cindy; four grandchildren; and five great-granchildren.