Vernon “Vern” Jensen of Litchfield died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 81.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lake Ripley Cemetery with military honors by the Litchfield Miltary Honor Guard.
Vernon Lyle Jensen was born March 23, 1932, to Christ and Vera (Hawes) Jensen in Grove City, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed at Arndahl Lutheran Church. Vern enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Army Corp of Engineers from 1953 to 1955. He was united in marriage July 25, 1953, to Norma Lambert at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. They lived in Eden Valley, and spent many afternoons at their cabin on Eden Lake. He worked for Minnesota Valley Breeders, which became 21st Century Genetics, for more than 40 years. After retiring in 1993, Vern
and Norma moved to their home on Lake Minne Belle. Vern was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, the American Legion, and was active with the Eden Valley-Watkins School Board. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, woodworking with his scroll saw, attending Litchfield Dragons basketball games, feeding and watching birds, and spending time with his family and friends.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Mark Olson; and sister-in-law Adair Jensen.
He is survived by his wife Norma of Litchfield; children Randy (and Maureen) Jensen of Marquette, Mich., Vicky Olson of Alexandria, and Bryan (and Cindy) Jensen of Savage; six grandchildren Katelynn Jensen, Nolan Jensen, Julie Best, Lisa Olson, Dan Olson, and Kristy (and Eric) Custer; great-grandson Rick Custer; and brothers Norman Jensen of Spicer, and Rolland (and Verna) Jensen of Hutchinson.
Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church, or the American Cancer Society.