Paul Gerhard Jensen age 85, of Pequot Lakes, MN died peacefully on October 12, 2018. He was a committed and adventurous father who loved his family dearly. He enjoyed the challenge of being a minister for fifty plus years.
Paul was born December 22, 1932 to Gerhard and Gladys (Rowe) Jensen. He graduated from Augustana Academy and Augustana University. He continued his education at Luther Seminary and University of Edinburgh. His first pastoral call was to Alamo, ND. Paul then moved to Hecla, SD and then back to Western North Dakota where he had a three-point parish near Roseglen. He loved the people and the beauty of North and South Dakota.
The middle years of Jensen life were spent in Wanamingo, Braham and Pine River, MN. The call to First Lutheran Church in Pine River was a beautiful journey filled with lots of love and support towards our whole family. We have many memories that include Luther League canoe trips down the Crow Wing River, Boundary Waters, Luther Crest Bible Camp, camping at Crosslake and spending time removing brush, mowing and planting trees at the family cabin. The people of Cass and Crow Wing County took very good care of our family and we deeply appreciate each one of them.
Paul spent his final years of parish ministry near Watford City, ND and Moe Parish near Canton, SD. With great excitement they retired and moved back to the family cabin near Pequot Lakes where they watched sunrises and drank coffee. He loved his water clarity volunteer job on Upper Hay Lake, planting trees for each grandchild born into the family, continuing to fish with his buddies and volunteering at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes.
He was preceded in death by his brother Johan; sister-in-law Polly Jensen; sisters: Sonja Halvorson, Esther Anderson; brother-in-law David Anderson; nephew Aaron Anderson; brother-in-law Orvin Johnsrud, and nephew Richard Johnsrud.
Survived by his loving wife LaVonne Jensen; children: Kristine Jensen and Ron Trosvig; Mark Jensen; grandchildren: Andrew and Rebecca Urness, Thomas and Elizabeth Jensen; sisters: Solveig (Lew) Loken; Cindy (Holly) Pederson; brother-in-law,Jim Halvorson; sister-in-law, Mavis Johnsrud; many other loving relatives and friends.
Paul’s celebration of life service is at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 29 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, MN.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Lutheran Social Services (LSS) at https://www.lssmn.org/get-involved/donate/memorials-and-tributes or mail the donation to Lutheran Social Services at 716 E St NE, Brainerd, MN 56401 or Good Samaritan Hospice Client Dreams Fund at Good Samaritan Hospice, 24090 Smiley Road, Ste 200, Nisswa, MN 56468 in memory of Paul Jensen.
Lutheran Social Services (LLS)
716 E St NE, Brainerd MN 56401
Good Samaritan Hospice Client Dreams Fund
24090 Smiley Road, Ste 200, Nisswa MN 56468