Kenneth E. Jensen, 80, passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Steven's Memorial Chapel in Ames. Funeral services are at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Story City Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. with a visitation, prior to the service, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Born Dec. 5, 1933, in Decorah, Kenneth Eric Jensen was the son of Eric and Phyllis (Meyer) Jensen. He grew up in Decorah and was a member of the Decorah Kilties. He received his education at Decorah High School, graduating in 1952. Ken was drafted into the United States Army and served his country in the Korean War. Once Ken returned he attended Luther College in Decorah and Iowa State University in Ames. Ken was united in marriage to his wife of 58 years, Elinor Luella Rolfs, Aug. 27, 1955. The couple made their home in Story City, and were blessed with five children: Wendy, Gary, Alan, Kristi and Lori. He had a 35-year career with the Iowa Department of Transportation, spending many long summer days inspecting construction of the interstate highway system. Ken had a passion for fishing, mushroom hunting and solving the newspaper jumble puzzles. Most of all, Ken loved his wife, children and grandchildren who all held a special place in his heart.
Ken is survived by his wife, Elinor; children: Gary (Jody) Jensen, Alan (Ann) Jensen, Kristi (Tim) Grotheer and Lori (Tim) Spink; grandchildren, Sarah and Katie Jensen, Matthew and Karl Grotheer, Jared, Ryan and Ashley Spink and Jeremy Zimmerman; brother, Darrel (Mary) Jensen; sister-in-law, Pat Jensen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, beloved daughter Wendy, and brother, Harold Jensen.
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