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Kenneth C. "Kenny" Jensen

May 18, 1932 November 24, 2019
Kenneth C.  "Kenny" Jensen
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Obituary for Kenneth C. "Kenny" Jensen

Kenneth C. “Kenny” Jensen, 87, of Dwight passed away Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Heritage Health in Dwight.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11 am at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dwight with Rev. Grant Speece officiating. . Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the church. Interment will follow the service at McDowell Cemetery in rural Dwight. Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Hager Memorial Home is handling arrangements for the family.
In his final years, Ken reflected on his life and wrote his own story. “I was born May 18, 1932 to Elmer and Louise (Anderson) Jensen on a farm south of Dwight. I graduated from Dwight High School in 1949. After graduation, I worked at Bush Hatchery before being called to the Army in 1952. When I returned home in 1954, my dad had bought a gasoline station in downtown Dwight. We later moved to our gasoline station on the corner of 17 & 47 and have been there for 65 years. 1954 was a big year as I also married my wonderful wife Barbara (Patten) and recently celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary on November 14th. Without her taking care of me during my illness I don’t know what I would have done. We had a lot of great times together. With our friends, we enjoyed dinners on Wednesday nights and dancing on Saturdays. Our favorite thing together was traveling and seeing many wonderful things. For 60 years, we spent two weeks of our summer fishing at Big Winnie in Minnesota. We went to Yuma, Arizona for many years and made lots of memories with great friends. Over 60 years in the gasoline business, I met a lot of wonderful friends and you will be missed. I really enjoyed all of you! As my condition has worsened over the last few years, all I can do is go out and play gin rummy with some of my good buddies. I had a good life but the last few years have been rough.”
Ken was a long time member of the First United Congregational Church and held many positions within the church. He was a member of the Danish Brotherhood Lodge #34 in Dwight, where he served as President along with serving as the Midwest District President. He volunteered for the Dwight Harvest Days for over 20 years. Most of these years, he served as the entertainment chairman. In 2011, he was honored as the parade marshal. He was also a member of the American Legion and served on the board of directors for the Bank of Dwight. Bowling, golfing, and cheering on the Chicago sports teams with family and friends were some of his favorite activities.
Surviving are his wife Barbara; three sons: Monte (Amy) Jensen, Gregg (Diane) Jensen, and Kent (Julie) Jensen; and one daughter, Anne (Mike) Rodosky, all of Dwight. Ten grandchildren: Courtney (Luke) Tjelle, Morgan (Lindsey) Jensen, Ainsley (Brad) Thompson, Brian Jensen, Brad (Jennifer) Jensen, Kevin (Jodi) Jensen, Megan Jensen, Drew Jensen, Dane Rodosky, and Abby Rodosky. Also 13 great grandchildren: Hayden, Mason and Oliver Tjelle; Parker Jensen; Aubrey, Leah and Grady Jensen; Brayden, Trevor and Jace Jensen; and Eli, Kade and Bristol Jensen. Two brothers: Keith (Betty) Jensen of Elk Grove Village and Richard (Connie) Jensen of East Moline.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and his father-and-mother-in-law, Irwin and Gladys Patten.


Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

26

Nov

4:00 PM 11/26/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/26/2019 8:00:00 PM
First Congregational Church of Christ

200 W. Delaware St.
Dwight, Illinois 60420

First Congregational Church of Christ
200 W. Delaware St. Dwight 60420 Illinois
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

27

Nov

10:00 AM 11/27/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/27/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Congregational Church of Christ

200 W. Delaware St.
Dwight, Illinois 60420

First Congregational Church of Christ
200 W. Delaware St. Dwight 60420 Illinois
United States

Service

Wednesday

27

Nov

11:00 AM 11/27/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Congregational Church of Christ

200 W. Delaware St.
Dwight, Illinois 60420

First Congregational Church of Christ
200 W. Delaware St. Dwight 60420 Illinois
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

McDowell Cemetery Final Resting Place

Rural West of Dwight
Dwight, IL 60420

Rural West of Dwight Dwight 60420 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

A Charity of the Donor's Choice

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