Richard-Jensen D.O.-Obituary

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Richard Lee Jensen D.O.

Dyer, Indiana

Feb 2, 1933 – Aug 26, 2019


Smits Funeral Home - Dyer Obituary


Born February 2, 1933 to Bertha M. Messinger (Theodore Jensen).  Graduated Monroe High School in 1951, married Oneta Dinges June 10, 1951. Graduated Iowa Wesleyan College in 1955, graduated from Chicago College Osteopathic Medicine in 1958. Completed two residencies Obstetrics/Gynecology and General Surgery.  He was in private practice from 1967 to 2012.  Served the state as President of the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society, chief of staff of Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital twice, service as a delegate to the American Osteopathic Association for many years, served the AOA as hospital inspector for several years, active in Boy Scouts of America.  Preceded in death by his step-father Ray Askey, mother Bertha Askey, father Theodore Jensen, and brother John Robert Askey. He is survived by his wife Oneta, children Jerry L (Jill) of Crete, IL, Donna C (Tom Wallis) of Macomb, IL, and William V (Susan) of Deerfield Beach, FL; four grandchildren Jeffrey (Rachel), Sandra (Zach), Julie (John) and Andrew (Ellen); great granddaughter Leah Marian Jensen. Three half brothers Neil (Sharon), Gary (Ann), and Dean (Brenda) Jensen and one sister Donna Anderson (Dan); 13 nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews and many great great nieces and nephews.  During his lifetime he enjoyed model airplane flying, traveling by motor home, automobile or airplane and he was able to travel throughout the United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Newfoundland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Holland, France and Italy. One of the interesting trips was to South Africa where the family toured by car and trailer.  His hobbies were model trains and antique automobiles.  Cremation with remains in Orangeville Cemetery. There will not be a visitation or service at his request. 

Memorials to Jerry L. Jensen, D.O. (Donations will go to the OMM Department-Richard Jensen, D.O. Scholarship Fund for OMM Scholars), 15525 South Park Ave, Suite #113, South Holland IL, 60473, or to Iowa Wesleyan College. Mt Pleasant, IA.

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Dear Mrs. Jensen and family,

Please accept condolences from me and the entire Moy family of former How How Restaurant of South Holland. We are so grateful for you and Dr. Jensen came to my parents' restaurant all the time for many, many years. A lot of good memory with Dr. Jensen, you, and your children.
All of my love and gratitude! Take care.

Agnes Chew of South Holland, September 12, 2019

Richard was an honest, and trusted colleague with whom I was proud to be associated with, and all his patients had a great respect for him. Richard had a great respect for his profession and all of his patients. We'll miss him

Dear Mrs. Jensen,

Please accept condolences from all of us at the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society who knew you and your husband for many years. Thank you for your service to both the IOMS and the Advocates (nee Auxiliary).

May you be blessed with good memories of your life together.

Deepest condolences. Dr. Jensen was truly an icon within in the osteopathic community; his unwavering commitment and dedication to his profession inspired the next generation of DOs; and his attentive and empathetic style made him beloved by his patients. His light will continue to shine in those who were blessed to know him.

Dr. Richard saved my life on two occasions and took care of me with fatherly love for about 30 years. I am so grateful for him in my life. Happy he is in heaven and at rest now. All my love and gratitude. Janie Roberts, Steger, Il.

Richard was my colleague at COH for many years, first when I was a med student, resident, and then anesthesiologist. Richard had a huge collection of Disney movies that would make any lover of Disney jealous. He was a caring doctor who loved his family and his patients. He was a friend and he will be missed.

A great doctor, always there to help ,you will be missed

I am so sorry I never had the privilege of meeting Richard. Hopefully I can meet the family at future Jensen reunions. Out deepest condolences!!. Graham and Linda Richards

Richard was our primary care physician for decades until his retirement. We always enjoyed our visits and his humor. We will miss him.