James Jensen

January 9, 2020

obit Jim JensenFeb. 20, 1947 – Jan. 3, 2020

James Carl Jensen, age 72 of Tyler, passed away Friday, Jan. 3 at the Tyler Healthcare Cen­ter. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 7, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funer­al service will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. at Danebod Lu­theran Church in Tyler. Inter­ment will follow at Danebod Lutheran Cemetery. To view Jim’s life history or sign an on­line registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
James Carl Jensen was born Feb. 20, 1947, to Raymond and Hazel (Hansen) Jensen.He was raised on the farm and attended school in Tyler, where he graduated from Ty­ler Public High School in 1965. During his childhood, he was a member of the 4-H club and enjoyed working with his fam­ily’s square-dancing horses. Throughout his high school career, he was very passion­ate about sports including football, basketball, and base­ball. He even went on to play collegiate football at Concor­dia College in Moorhead prior to returning to assist on the family farm. He was a great dancer, and was a member of the theater group during his college years, as well.
Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army on Sept. 24, 1969, and went on to serve in Vietnam. Jim was united in marriage to Joyce Drake on Sept. 5, 1970, in Tyler. He furthered his edu­cation by studying masonry construction at the Pipestone Vocational School and earned his degree in 1973. Jim start­ed his own business, Jensen Masonry Construction, which he operated for over 40 years prior to his retirement in 2012. In addition to his ca­reer, it brought Jim great joy to brick his daughters’ homes. Jim took great pride in his work and attention to detail. On Friday, Jan. 3, Jim passed away at the Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 72 years, 10 months, and 14 days.
Jim and Joyce were look­ing forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary in nine months. His family was very important to him and he truly adored his grandchildren. Some of his favorite memo­ries were made on family va­cations and playing cribbage at family holidays. Jim also valued his family history and kept family memories alive by sharing stories. Jim’s love of sports continued into adult­hood, in addition to watching the Discovery Channel, he spent many hours watching and supporting all Minnesota sports teams. He appreciated the outdoors and could often be found gardening, maple sapping, fishing, or hunting. Jim was a talented card player and also enjoyed working on sudoku puzzles. His fam­ily will always remember his ability to teach those around him, his solid handshake, and his love of pistachios and ice cream.
Jim and Joyce were mem­bers of Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Jim was proud to have been able to use his talents of bricklaying on the Danebod Church sign, Dane­bod Cemetery entrances, and several area community and church projects. Jim’s mission trip to New Orleans to help with hurricane relief was a very impactful event in his life. Jim was active on bowl­ing and golf leagues, as well as organizing, sponsoring, and playing on the Tyler Fast Pitch Team in the early 1980s. Jim was a member and past president of the Lions Club. He was also a member of the New Vista Housing Board since its origination in 1976. He served on the Tyler Lum­ber Board, Danebod Village Board, Danebod Folk School Board, and the Danebod Cem­etery Board.
He is survived by his wife Joyce of Tyler; daughters— Stephanie (Joel) Lorsung of Pine City, Karie (Steve) Rutz of Mankato, and Karissa (Matthew) Winter of Cleve­land; eight grandchildren—Hannah Marie Lorsung, Ali­son Cassandra Rutz, Katelyn Marie Lorsung, Leia Korine Rutz, Jocelyn Marie Lorsung, Emmett James Rutz, Gwen­dolyn Rae Winter and Kasyn Rae Winter; sister Susan (Mi­chael) Thompson of Bagley; siblings-in-law Clair (Deanna) Drake, Noreen (Ken) Grunig and Debbie (Gunnar) Tous­saint; nieces and nephews Darice (Jason) Nielsen, Chad (Renae) Drake, Daynica (Pat­rick) Brown, Cade (Amanda) Drake, Megan (Bill) Reyn­olds, Mitchell (Brittany) Grunig, Mackenze (Meredith) Grunig, Zachary Toussaint, Klae (Kristi) Thompson, Kole (Yumiko) Thompson, Kelsie Thompson, and Kase (Tonya) Thomspon; great-nieces and nephews Ashlyn and William Henry III Reynolds, Kamryn, Kiptyn and Kaliana Thomp­son, Jayce, Zachary, Shane and Kaley Thompson, Jaden and Nichole Chesley, and Lexi, Kira and Domanick Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Betty Drake.
Memorials are preferred to Danebod Cemetery, where Jim was an active board mem­ber and the current ground­skeeper.