Donald Dean "Don" Jensen(1938 - 2013)

OELWEIN - Don Jensen, 74, of Oelwein, died suddenly Thursday morning, June 13, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Grace United Methodist Church, Oelwein with the Rev. Connie Markle officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.
The family will greet friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein and for one hour before the service at the church Tuesday. A public Masonic service will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home by the Oelwein Hebron Masonic Lodge 374 A.F. & A.M.
A memorial fund has been established for Grace United Methodist Church and the Oelwein Area United Way.
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Donald Dean Jensen was born Nov. 27, 1938 in Latimer, Iowa, the son of Lawrence and Gwendolyn (Potter) Jensen. As a child Don was always working selling ice cream, shoes or at many other various jobs. He graduated from Hampton High School at Hampton. Don served in the U.S. Army. Don then attended the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Don moved to Oelwein where he worked at Butler Coal Company and at Appliance Buyers Credit Corporation.
Don met Linda Jane Butler of Oelwein and they were united in marriage on Sept. 1, 1962, at Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein. Don and Linda lived in Des Moines as Linda was finishing her college degree and Don continued to work for the credit corporation. They returned to Oelwein in 1963, and three children were born to this union, Kendall, Kim and Chad. Don worked as a licensed auctioneer after graduating from auctioneer school. He later obtained his realtor's license and worked for Lou Pirillo Realty. Don purchased the business from Lou and owned and operated Don Jensen Realtors for many years. He continued his realtor work as an associate at Cornerstone Realtors in Oelwein.
Don was a well-known businessman in the community, respected and admired by all who knew him for his knowledge, fairness and honesty. Don and Linda enjoyed traveling to 34 countries and the time they spent with their family at their cabins in Guttenberg and Ackley, Minnesota and their condos at Punta Gorda and Bonita Springs, both in Florida. Don was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Oelwein Hebron Masonic Lodge #374 A.F. & A.M., the Shriners and the Sons of the Legion.
He enjoyed watching and participating in many sports and was an avid golfer. Don treasured his time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. Don always made life exciting. He enjoyed sharing with others about his latest bargain purchase, showing off his basketball moves, sharing coffee with his friends or rolling his own cigarettes. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Don is survived by his wife Linda Jensen of Oelwein; 2 daughters, Kendall Jensen of Oelwein and Kim Jensen and her son Ben of Oelwein; son, Chad (Lisa) Jensen and their children, Lauren, Will and Harrison of Ankeny; his brother Larry Jensen of Hampton; sister-in-law Sue Jensen of Newton and nieces and nephews, Josette Daum (Chuck Schamp), Jackie (Terry) Buss, Lyn (Jay) Barnes, Rod (Tammy) Freeman, Shelleen (Mike) Elling, Tammy (Doug) Casey, Dawn (Chad) Devries, Julie (Kirk) Gunderson and Jeff (Liz) Jensen.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill Jensen, 3 sisters, Lois Daum, Esther Freeman and Barbara Whipkey, nieceJean Iverson and a nephew Curt Jensen.

Funeral Home

Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home - Oelwein
221 N. Frederick Ave., P.O.Box 614  Oelwein, IA 50662
(319) 283-4922

Published in Oelwein Daily Register on June 15, 2013