Rev. Richard Stephen Jensen

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rev. Richard Stephen Jensen 62, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2007, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Tuesday June 26, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church of Northwood. Rev. Wendi Gillan and Rev. Jim Morris will officiate.

There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

A Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at the Langdon United Methodist Church, Langdon, with Rev. Jim Morris and Rev. David Kruse officiating.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Wednesday. Inurnment will be in Valley View Cemetery, Graettinger with full military honors conducted by members of the Nelson Christianson Post No. 162.

Rev. Richard was born on Dec. 10, 1944, in Estherville, the son of Henry and Marian (Cameron) Jensen. He attended grade school in Graettinger, graduating from Graettinger High School in the class of 1962. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 6, 1962, at Ft. Des Moines, and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., through June of 1965. While in the military, Richard was a heavy equipment operator. Richard attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, where he earned his Associate of Arts Degree. Richard also attended Mankato State College. He was united in marriage to Mary Kay Catherine Loos on June 8, 1968, in Spirit Lake.

Richard continued his education at Inwood and Lester, Westmar College earning his Bachelor of Arts degree. Richard earned his Masters degree in Divinity at the University of Dubuque. He began his ministry at the Sherrils Mound Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ in Dubuque. He was also part of security for Sylvester Stallone when he was in Dubuque. Reverend Jensen was honored to have been part of the Methodist parishes in New Virginia/Medora, Tabor/Randolph, Sioux Rapids, Northwood/Kensett, Terril and Langdon, Iowa, and had been in the ministry for 33 years until his recent retirement.

He was a member of the Northwood Lions Club, KIWANAS Club in Terril, Ecumenical Affairs Committee, and the Iowa Conference Historical Society in Des Moines.

His parents preceded him in death.

Rev. Richard is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Jensen of Northwood, his children: David (Becca) Jensen of Raymond, Neb., Lisa Jensen of Terril, Christine Jensen, of Jenkintown, Penn., Matthew Jensen of Manly; two grandchildren; his brother Stephen (Paula) Jensen of Camdenton, Mo., Susan Thompson of Emmetsburg, Cathy (Brad) Bryan of Urbana, Mo., Amy (John) Weishaar of Santee, S.C., and Mary (David) Klein of Peachtree City, Ga.; and his mother-in-law, Helen Loos of Milford.

Memorials may be directed to Rev. Richard S. Jensen Memorial Fund.