Phil Jenson, 1927-2018
A funeral service for Phil Jenson, 90, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Phil died July 2, 2018, at Oak Park Place in Albert Lea.
Philip (Phil) Berglund Jenson was born Aug. 19, 1927, to Herman D. and Gladys (Berglund) Jenson in Albert Lea. He was baptized at First Baptist, later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1945. On June 12, 1949 he was united in marriage to Loneita (Nita) M. Nelsen at Trinity Lutheran.
Phil was raised at Broadway Farm, where Phil and Nita continued to live for 50 years. Beginning with a dairy of 60 Holsteins and a few horses, they later farmed 1,000 acres, with a 100 cow-calf beef operation, over 60 quarter horses and a saddle shop. He instructed youth in horse clinics and was involved in starting the Minnesota 4-H horse project. Phil’s priority was believing in family first, being a devoted husband and father. He excelled in carpentry, farm mechanics, woodworking and playing “500.” Phil loved to sing with his beautiful tenor voice and enjoyed country/gospel music. Downsizing farming, Phil worked at VASCO for over 10 years. Later they moved to an acreage, where he restored antique tractors. In 2004, after Nita’s stroke, Phil became her caregiver and cook.
Phil was active in the Minnesota quarter horse industry as an avid horse owner, breeder, showman, clinician and judge. He was an AQHA judge for over 30 years throughout the U.S. and Canada, AQHA national director and past president/director in the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association & Sunset Saddle Club. Phil had many champions at the Minnesota State Fair and exhibited for 55 years at the Freeborn County Fair. Numerous honors include AQHA Breeder awards, Minnesota Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and SouthEastern Minnesota Saddle Club Association Horse Person of the Year. Phil and family hosted the annual AQHA spring show for 28 years, which at one time was the largest one-day show in the nation.Broadway Farm horses earned several state and national championships.
Survivors include daughters Gale Nelson of Albert Lea and Trudy (Darvin) Moberg of Bruce, South Dakota; grandchildren Jeff (Melissa) Nelson, Scott (Amber) Moberg, Shane (Tori) Moberg and Trina (Andrew) Turner; great-grandchildren Allie, Josie, Becca and Brock Nelson, Whitney and Kelsey Moberg and Madelyn Moberg; sister-in-law, Jackie Jenson; and several nieces and nephews.
Phil was preceded in death by his wife, Nita; his parents Herman and Gladys; brother, Ralph Jenson; sisters Marynona (Clair) Brunkow, Lois (Don) Hill and Carol Jenson; and son-in-law, Lynn Nelson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prairie River Camp Horse Ministry (Youth for Christ), Minnesota 4-H Horse Endowment at z.umn.edu/4hhorsegift or Central Freeborn Lutheran Church.