Rev. Carl Jensen

Rev. Carl Jensen


Rev. Carl Jensen, 96, of Clarion passed away Friday, January 21, 2005, at Wright Medical Center in Clarion.

Our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away January 21, 2005.

Carl approached life with gentleness and concern for all those he knew. He was born to Carl J. and Karen Jensen on April 29, 1908 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Carl Jensen attended Simpson College in Indianola, IA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended Garrett Theological Institute at Northwestern University and received his Bachelor of Divinity. Carl served Methodist Churches at Parkersburg from 1937 to 1940. Greeley Oneida from 1940 to 1944 and Traer from 1944 to 1945 before becoming a chaplain in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy during WW II he served for fifteen months as a chaplain stationed in the Philippine Islands. After, he returned to civilian life as a Methodist minister in La Porte City, IA from 1946 to 1952. Then he was recalled in to the U.S. Navy serving overseas duty on shore in Japan for 2 years. Then duty on board military troop transport ships in the Atlantic between Brooklyn, N.Y. and Bremerhaven, Germany and duty in the Pacific and Mediterranean. Other shore duty included Williamsburg, VA, Chaplains’ school, Naval Training Center at San Diego, CA, Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, IL, Camp Pendleton, CA and the Naval Air Station, Grosse Ile, MI. After Carl’s discharge from the Navy he returned to the ministry at United Methodist Church in Lake City from 1960 to 1966 and finally he was Clarion’s First United Methodist minister for 7 years. He retired from this church in 1973.

Carl and Maxine moved to Quincy, IL for 5 years where Carl was Methodist the parish visiting minister from 1973 to 1978. Carl and Maxine returned to Clarion and built a home. Throughout Carl’s life he loved to fish and sing… and he was good at both. He sang in each church choir. He’d fish to “capture the wily trout,” as he would say.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Maxine Hawke Jensen; his two daughters, Jeanie Ball and her husband Alan of Sandpoint, Idaho, Nancy Young and her husband Bill of Ankeny, IA; his grandsons, Steven Bohn and his wife Jackie of Plano, TX, Alan Bohn and his wife Pamela of Sagle, Idaho, Grant Young and his wife Michelle of Saylorville, IA, and Michael Young of Des Moines, IA; 3 great- grandsons, Jackson Bohn, of Plano, TX, Ross Young, and Carter Young of Saylorville; 3 brothers, Stanley Jensen, Wesley Jensen and his wife Pauline, and Harold Jensen

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Marian Jacobson, Carolyn Schobert, and Elsie Bishoff.

Carl is at home with the Lord, being there, the greatest experiences.

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