William "Bill" Jens (1928 - 2017)

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William "Bill" Jens, 88, passed away on Aug. 9, 2017. Funeral services were held Aug. 14, 2017 at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood with Pastor Susan Reed officiating. Burial was at the Glenwood Cemetery.
Jens, born Aug. 21, 1928, was one of three children born to William Peter and Elsie Dorothea (Bokemper) Jens. Bill spent his life on a farm five miles northeast of Glenwood. During his youth he attended Mineola Lutheran Church where he was confirmed in 1942 with 30 others.
Bill married Florilla June Hunt on November 21, 1948. They were blessed with five children, Michael William, twins, Jeffery Lynn and Patrick Lee (passed in infancy), Kathryn Diane, and Ronald Bruce.
When they retired from actively farming, they spent their winters in Apache Junction, Arizona for 22 years. They met many good friends during their winter stays in Arizona.
In 2011, after 62 years living on the farm, they moved into Timberlane Estates in Glenwood.
Bill loved when the family gathered for special occasions. Bill enjoyed fishing at his farm pond. There were many memories made at the pond, and enough fish stories to last a lifetime.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Florilla (2012); sons, Jeffery and Patrick, parents; William P. and Elsie D. (Bokemper) Jens; sister and brother-in-law, Rudy and Darlene (Jens) Bichel; and brother Leonard Jens.
Bill is survived by his son Mike and daughter-in-law, Judie Jens of Omaha; daughter Diane and son-in-law, Dale Malcom of Glenwood; son Ron and daughter-in-law, Lori Jens of Otley, Iowa; grandchildren: Jeff, Dan, Kathy, Michaelene, Amanda, Dennis, Matt and Sarah; great-grandchildren: Kaitlin, Jeffery, Ethan F., Ashley, Kirkland, Carson, Cody, Ethan M., Caden, Camryn, Blake, Colton, Madelyn, Nolan, Carter, Graysen, Alex, Avery, Molly, Brayden, and Asher; great-great granddaughter: Marren; step-grandchildren: Cory Bolander, Kellie (Bolander) Hatcher, Trisha and Cam Bolander, and Devin Schwanet; sisters-in-law, Genevieve and Helen Hunt, nieces and nephews.
Memorials are requested to be directed to the Charles E. Lakin Community Center c/o Mills County Fair Association or First Congregational U.C.C.
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Loess Hills Funeral Home-Glenwood
112 North Vine
Glenwood, IA 51534
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Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Aug. 16, 2017