James Harold Jensen, age 77, of Sacred Heart, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sacred Heart. The Rev. Dale Svendsen will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Sacred Heart. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and will continue Friday one hour prior to the services all at the church in Sacred Heart. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.
James Harold Jensen was born on May 31, 1942, in rural Franklin, Minnesota to Harold “Ace” and Margaret “Marge” (Kaufman) Jensen. He attended Franklin Public Schools until transferring to and later graduating from Morton Public Schools in 1960. He went to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN prior to accepting a call from the American Peace Corp. He and 43 other Peace Corp. members served in Iran for 2 years. Upon returning from the Peace Corp., he continued his education at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. He received his B.A. degree and then taught school in Gann Valley, SD for one year. He was then drafted into the United States Army and served his country in an Army Hospital at Fort Polk Louisiana.
He was united in marriage to Carol Rae Scollon and together they had three children: Heather, Brierly, and J. Trever. After the service, he attended Mankato State University and earned his teaching degree, this brought him and his family to Adrian, MN where he taught science and coached. James also worked for several years in the farm chemical industry as a salesman in NW Minnesota and the Red River Valley. He later moved to Grove City, MN where he raised his family. James married the love of his life, Rebecca Mahlum on October 12, 1996. Together they made their home in Sacred Heart. Jim was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, active in the Sacred Heart community, and a member of the Sacred Heart American Legion and Lions Club. He loved the outdoors and all sports, especially golf, coaching basketball and baseball. Jim was a kind, caring man and would do anything for anyone.
He is survived by his loving wife Rebecca; his daughters and son: Heather (and Kyle) Ziehl of Litchfield, J. Trever (and Erika) Jensen of Boca Raton, FL, and Brierly (and Darin) Grimsgard, of Grove City; seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter; his stepchildren: Terry (and Donna) Mahlum of Austin, TX, and Carrie (and Richard) Ashburn of Sacred Heart; 6 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandsons; his siblings: Audrey Nelson of Edina, Ken Jensen of Litchfield, Paul (and Deb) Jensen of Forrest City, IA, Helen (and Ken) Adolf of Eden Prairie, Deb Jensen of Edina, Kirk (and Kay) Jensen of Mesa, AZ, Neil (and Ann) Jensen of Franklin, Mark Jensen of Litchfield, and Gary Jensen of Franklin; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Colleen McDonald.
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