Gerald "Jerry" Russell Jensen, age 73, was born on April 26, 1938 to Lois and Russell Jensen in Holstein. He was baptized on June 24th, 1944 and confirmed on April 6, 1952 in Galva. Jerry attended Galva High School, graduating in 1956. He played football while attending Morningside College from 1956-1959. He served in the National Guard from 1960 to 1966.
On Dec. 27, 1959, Jerry married Jean Grieme at St. John's Lutheran Church in Galva. They lived and farmed south of Aurelia from 1959 to 1974. Sons Jason and Jed were born during this time. They moved to Aurelia where he owned and operated Jensen Insurance, an independent agency, from 1973 until the present and has been the manager of Maple Valley Mutual since 1994.
Recently, Jerry and Jean had relocated to Spirit Lake, where they enjoyed spending time at the Lakes. They also enjoyed spending time with grandchildren, particularly attending their school activities in Spirit Lake and Sioux City.
Jerry was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a member of Kiwanis and received the George Hixson award in 2001, and a director of First Trust Savings Bank.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters-in-law, Ardie Grieme, and Betty Drey; and brother-in-law Burdette Grieme.
Jerry is survived by his wife Jean of Spirit Lake; sons Jason (Maggie) of Sioux City, and Jed (Amy) of Spirit Lake; grandchildren, Josh and Megan of Sioux City and Trevor, Connor and Zachary Jensen of Spirit Lake; sisters, Judy (Darrell) Murray of Naples, Fla. and Joanne Brandt of Flower Mound, TX; brother, Jon (Roxie) of Galva; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.