Donald Jensen, 56, Rochester

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The funeral service for Donald E. Jensen of Rochester, formerly of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Curtis Zieske will officiate. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.


Donald E. Jensen died unexpectedly near Wabasha on Friday, July 1, 2011. He was 56.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1954, in Albert Lea, the son of Norman and Lois (Fuller) Jensen.

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He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1973 and then graduated from the auto body program at Austin Vo-Tech. Donald married Kathryn McCall on March 7, 1973. They were later divorced.

He had worked at Dave Syverson Ford as body shop manager for more than 20 years and then at Crossroads Trailer. He moved to Rochester a year ago. Donald enjoyed fishing, camping and riding his Harley. He was a handyman, with the ability to fix anything. His favorite times were those spent at the cabin, earlier years in Bemidji and later in Wabasha. His dogs were special companions for him.

Donald is survived by two children: Jeremy Jensen (special friend Jamie Rupp) of Albert Lea and Janelle (Mike) Oothoudt of Albert Lea; brother, Mark (Sheila) Jensen of Albert Lea; best friend and companion, Cheryl Ash of Rochester; former wife, Kathy Jensen of Albert Lea; brother-in-law, LaDean (Doreen) McCall of Robbinsdale; nieces and nephews: Amanda (Tom) Mensink of Austin, Sarah Jensen of Wyncote, Pa., Jared Jensen of Albert Lea, Macy (Aaron) Sandnes of Denver, Colo., Crystal and Mason McCall of Alpine, Calif., Holly and Rachel Johnson, Emily and Olivia McCall all of Robbinsdale; and great niece, Madison Mensink of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Lois Jensen; his grandparents, Edwin and Frieda Fuller and Levi and Rose Jensen.