Ronald Jenson, 1943-2018

Published 1:00 am Saturday, June 9, 2018

Memorial services for Ronald D. Jenson, 74, of Hartland will be at 2 p.m.  June 16 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Todd Walsh, chaplain at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community, will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Interment will be at North Freeborn Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home June 16. Online condolences are welcome at

Ronald Jenson

Ronald died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea.

Ronald David Jenson was born Oct. 15, 1943, in Albert Lea, the son of Ronald and Valborg (Sorlie) Jenson. He attended Freeborn County District 7 School and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1961. He furthered his education at the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor of Science in mechanical agriculture with an agronomy minor. Ronald proudly served in the Army National Guard. He managed agriculture co-ops before returning home to work on the family farm.

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On May 1, 1971, Ronald was united in marriage to Patricia Rudel at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. He had an interest in collecting and discussing firearms, military history, tractors and hunting. At one time he had his private pilot’s license and enjoyed his time in the air.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Jeff (Lynnette) Jenson; grandchildren Kaiden, Kerynn and Kohen Jenson; sister, Dr. Carol (Dr. Thomas Telzrow) Jenson; sister-in-law, Linda (Bill) Bakken; special cousin, John (Nancy) Sorlie, and their daughter, Jennifer, as well as many other cousins; and nephews Michael (Val) Bakken and Paul (Alison) Bakken and their families.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents.