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Fred Jensen Nov. 14, 1922 - Sept. 7, 2009

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KENSINGTON -- Frederick Jens Jensen, 86, of Kensington died Monday at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman. Military rites will be by Kensington Legion Post 268. Burial will be at Terrace Lawn Cemetery in Montevideo.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Hoffman.

He was born Nov. 14, 1922, near Cottonwood to Frode and Paulina (Klukas) Jensen. They lived north of Balaton and moved to Montevideo in 1928. He graduated from Montevideo High School in 1940. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served through 1946. He also served from 1951 to 1952 aboard U.S.S. Leonard F. Mason during the Korean War.

He married Belva Abbot in Orange, Texas; they later divorced.

He married Mabel Kruse on Aug. 18, 1951, in Montevideo. He worked for more than 30 years at Monte Sheet Metal. In 1982, they moved to rural Kensington. He was an Eagle Scout, a life member of the VFW, American Legion and DAV, a member of the state champion Drum and Bugle Corps, and a member of the Montevideo Fire Department for 20 years. He was a member of the Kensington American Legion and Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman.

He is survived by his wife; children: Darius, Duane, Don and Diane; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; siblings: Doug Jensen and Margretta Allickson.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Connie.

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