David Ross Jensen

David Ross Jensen

  • Funeral Date: 5/26/16
  • Funeral Time: 5:00 PM
  • Date of Birth: 12/01/48
  • Date of Death: 5/19/16
  • Funeral Location: The Grand Event Center, Northfield, MN

David Ross Jensen was born December 1, 1948, in Northfield, the son of Lyle and Ruth (Ross) Jensen. He was raised in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School in 1967. Dave entered the United States Air Force in 1967 and was honorably discharged in 1971. Following his service, Dave attended college at Bemidji State University where he received his degree in accounting in 1976. He was united in marriage to Patricia Benjamin on December 1, 1973, at St. Lawrence Church in Faribault. The couple made their home in Northfield. Dave worked as an accountant, and spent the majority of his accounting career working at First Minnesota Savings and Loan, in Minneapolis. In 1987, the couple moved to Apple Valley. Dave finished his career driving a tow truck for Dick’s Valley Service until his retirement in 2014.

Dave participated in track and cross country while in high school. He held many school records and competed at the state level in both sports. Dave enjoyed playing league softball and also coached his daughter’s softball teams. Dave liked to keep busy and was always tinkering. He was mechanically inclined and wasn’t afraid to try to get things working. Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn’t. He enjoyed going to Elko Speedway with his Dad and as time went by, Dave began taking his own children there. He was never one to back down from a good game of croquet, dominos or cards with his family or friends and could be a fierce competitor. He also enjoyed reading, watching his Minnesota teams win (and lose), and loved NASCAR. Dave was a hard-working, loyal, and honest man. Though he was a man of few words, he was a man with a big heart. He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.

On Thursday evening, May 19, 2016, Dave passed away at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul at the age of 67. He is survived by his wife Patricia Jensen of Apple Valley; two daughters Emilie Jensen of Richfield; Camille Jensen (and Brian Schusterman) of Truckee, CA; a son Peter Jensen (and Brittany Frandle) of Bloomington; three grandsons Pax and Nico Schusterman and Hugo Jensen; and Prudie, his beloved dog. Dave is also survived by his mother Ruth Jensen of Northfield; his sisters Diane (and Jim) Giese of Bath, SD; Debbie Jensen of Northfield; Darlene Benjamin of Northfield; Dareth Berg of Eagan; Dena (and Joe) Eggum of Dennison; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and father, Lyle.

Come celebrate and remember Dave’s life on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4 PM to 8 PM at the Grand Event Center in Northfield. A service of remembrance will begin at 5 PM with a meal and reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, Dave’s family would prefer donations be made in his memory to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, for rheumatoid arthritis research (www.curearthritis.org/honorary-gifts/). Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home, Northfield. biermanfuneralhome.com

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