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Richard Jensen, 82

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Richard George Jensen, 82, died Thursday, February 20, 2014 at his home.

Richard was born May 10, 1931 in Warren to parents George and Lottie (Krolak) Jensen. He graduated from high school in Warren. He spent three years in the armed services, Signal Corps, from 1951-1954 (19 months in Korea). He was awarded an honorable discharge as staff sergeant.

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He graduated from Minnesota State University in Moorhead with teaching degrees in math and history. He taught high school for 30 years of which 13 years were in Gonvick and 17 years in Cannon Falls. He was nominated teacher of the year two times.

He taught Sunday school at Samhold Lutheran Church in Gonvick and at Vasa Lutheran Church in Vasa.

On October 27, 1951, Richard married Lorraine Rinkenberger at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston.

He and his family visited many state parks and national parks throughout his lifetime. Richard and Lorraine traveled in every state in the USA including Hawaii and Alaska. They also traveled in all the Canadian provinces bordering the USA and several states in Mexico.

After his retirement, Richard and Lorraine backpacked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, which was 2,147 miles.

They joined a medical team and made five mission trips to Nicaragua with them, and also went on mission trips three times into Mexico with work crews. They were snow birds for 15 years, spending time in Texas, Mississippi and New Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; children, Robert (wife, Beth), Joy; grandchildren, Anna (husband, Mark), Rebekah, Sarah, Maria; great-grandson, William; and sister, Verna.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond, Elmer, Ralph and William; and sister, Luella.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 24 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in rural Holmes City. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on February 25.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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