RACINE - Kenneth Ken Jensen, age 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 12, at Hospice Alliance Racine Hospice House, surrounded with the love of family. Ken was born in Racine on August 24, 1928 to the late Bert and Magda (nee: Jacobsen) Jensen. After graduating from Washington Park High School in 1946, Kenny faithfully served our Country with the United States Army during the Korean War. On September 15, 1950 in Holy Communion Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Rita Marie (nee: Knosgaard). Ken was the President / Owner of Bert Jensen & Sons Sheet Metal for his entire career until retiring in 1990. With a profound Christian faith, he was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church. Respected for his wealth of knowledge & interest in our community, Ken served on the Board of Directors for M&I Bank, Danish-American Home, and Lincoln Lutheran. He was also active with the Racine Jaycees & Elks Clubs. Among his interests, Kenny enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, summering at his home on Bohners Lake and wintering in sunny Arizona. Above all, Kenny spent every available moment in the surroundings of his adored family. Surviving are his loving wife and best-friend of 63 years, Rita; their children, Bruce (JoAnne) Jensen, Camille (Edward) Guion and Randall Jensen; grandchildren, Michael and Marna Jensen; Hannah, Haley and Mia Guion; Jarrett and Jack Jensen; sister, Norma Pugh; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ken was preceded in death by his father, Bert Jensen; mother, Magda Jensen-Munch; step-father, Hans Munch; brother, Albert (Janice) Jensen; brother-in-law, Lindley Pugh; Ritas parents, Jens and Dagmar Knosgaard; and sister-in-law, Phyllis (Vince) Raschella. In accordance with Kens wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Avenue, on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm. A reception will follow. Visitation will be in the church on Saturday from 11 am -1 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bethania Lutheran Church, Hospice Alliance or The Prairie School Performing Arts have been suggested. A heartfelt note of thanks to the entire staff of Hospice Alliance for the compassionate care & support given to Ken and to our family during the past few weeks. May God bless all of you! Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory 4600 County Line Rd. 552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com
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Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd. Racine, WI 53403
Published in Racine Journal Times on Apr. 16, 2014