Harry Jensen - March 17, 2011
Harry LaRoy Jensen passed from this earth to Heaven March 8, 2011.
Harry was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Neil (Nels) and Gladys Hunse Jensen. He grew up and attended schools in Chicago, graduating from Forman High School in 1949.
Harry’s father was a Danish immigrant who at age 18 passed through Ellis Island, NY. Harry was able to obtain Ellis Island records of his father’s passage, and Neil Peder Jensen’s name is engraved on the Wall of Remembrance at Ellis Island.
Harry and Jewel Kathryn Camp of Englewood, Colo., were married Aug. 30, 1957.
Times were hard and money was tight, so Harry sold his horse, Arb, in order to have a weekend honeymoon. Harry and Jewel celebrated 53 years of marriage in 2010.
Harry worked as a mechanic on the Titan/Minuteman missiles for Martin Company in Denver, Colo., Wichita, Kan., California, Arizona and Idaho. The family moved to Kansas City, Mo., where Harry worked as an aircraft mechanic for TWA airlines.
In 1966 they moved to his family’s ranch in Gordon, Neb. Harry loved being outdoors, working cattle on his favorite horses, Penny and Flicka, driving the tractor and taking cattle to the sale barn where he worked on Fridays.
Harry and his family moved to Imperial, Neb., in September 1973. Harry and Jewel owned and operated H&J Sales auto parts store until their retirement in 1991. Imperial became home for Harry and family.
After retirement, Harry enjoyed carpentry work and helped build the new United Methodist Church in Imperial. Then he and Jewel joined Laborers for Christ mission for 10 years; traveling across America in a 5th wheel recreational vehicle. Harry and Jewel made many friends during this time with stops in Carrollton, Amarillo and Kerrville, all in Texas, Temecula and Highlands, Calif., Marysville, Ill., Washington, Alabama and Colorado. Harry and Jewel returned to Imperial in 2006 to build their retirement home.
Harry and Jewel also enjoyed vacation travel to Denmark, Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Mexico and several trips to the east and west coasts.
Harry enjoyed riding his motorcycle, square dancing, singing in the church choir, and working on his 1959 Ford Fairlane retractable hardtop convertible. Harry and his riding buddy Don Banks enjoyed motorcycle trips to Sturgis, S.D., the Colorado Rockies, Wyoming and throughout Nebraska.
Harry and Jewel square danced with the Chase County Stompers. They traveled with Bob and Burnetta Ahrens to square dance festivals throughout Nebraska and Colorado.
Harry is survived by his wife, Jewel Jensen, of Imperial, Neb.; children, Kevin Jensen and wife, Lesa, of Littleton, Colo., Pamela Jensen of Denver, Colo., and Brian Jensen and wife, Ruth, of Garland, Texas; brothers, Richard Jensen and wife, Jeannine, of Holdrege, Neb., and Thomas and wife, Carole Jensen, of Fruita, Colo.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Neil and Gladys Jensen; half-brother, Harold Jensen and wife, Vivian; sister, Margaret; grandparents, Laurtis and Jensine (Neilsen) Jensen of Denmark; and Walter and Adolphine (Zeimes) Hunse of Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Harry’s honor to the Imperial United Methodist Church Memorial Committee, Rainbow Promise Preschool or the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Imperial, Neb. with Pastor Fred Andersen officiating.
A private family inurnment was held at an earlier date.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.