Norman W. Jensen, age 89, of Wisconsin Rapids, unexpectedly passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Kevin Ader will officiate. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services on Thursday at the church.
Norman was born October 8, 1931 in Big Flats, WI to William and Stella (Matthews) Jensen. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1949. He served his country as a jet mechanic in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1955. In his time stationed overseas, it meant a lot to him to visit Jerusalem and the holy lands where he came back with many photo’s. He felt proud to share them with us. He married Irene M. Heller in 1956. She was admitted into assisted living the day before they closed the doors to Covid. He wrote letters, kept a diary of visits, and spent many hours visiting at the window along with the family. She passed away on September 12, 2020. We feel he really missed her, and he went to be home with his wife on Valentine’s day.
Norman was a machine tender at the Port Edwards paper mill for 37 years, retiring in 1992.
Having grown up on the farm, Norman enjoyed being around animals. He also enjoyed camping, boating, gardening, snowmobiling, and traveling. He could usually be found working in his workshop or splitting wood in the backyard. He loved being with his family, whether it was in Tomahawk, WI where they rented a cabin every summer, or attending grandkids sporting events. He was honored to go on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight with his brother-in-law. He was always there to help his family with whatever they needed, and they could never leave without a hug.
Norman is survived by three children: Dennis Jensen, Ronald (Ellie) Jensen, and Debra Jensen; grandchildren: Eric (Janell) Jensen, Melissa (Mike) Keegan, Chad (Kellie) Jensen, Ashly Jensen and boyfriend Aaron Vann, Krysta (Sean) Henke, and Hayley Jensen; great-grandchildren: Lydia, Adeline, Brandon, Dakota, Caleb, Kylie, Camden, and Evalyn; sister, Betty Purves; and brother, Marvin (Burke) Jensen. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Irene.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids, is honored to be assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hermantaylorfuneralhome.com.
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