June 17, 1929 ~ July 30, 2013
Robert M. Jensen, age 84, of Elma, IA, died on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 of complications of lung cancer at Colonial Manor in Elma, Ia. Robert Martin Jensen the son of Merrill and Elizabeth (Haag) Jensen was born at Ostrander, MN on June 17, 1929. He attended school in Oakdale Twp, Iowa and graduated from LeRoy High School in 1947 at LeRoy, MN. He had been an active 4-H member and also a Boy Scout. He farmed with his dad after high school and worked two winters in packing plants before he became a fulltime employee of Martz Furniture in LeRoy. He joined the US Army in 1952 and in 1953 he was in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Signal Corps as a teletype repairman. In February of 1954 he returned to LeRoy and started dairy farming. On June 20, 1954 he was united in marriage to Irma Bodermann at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elma. In 1957, they moved to a farm northwest of Elma, where they resided until retiring in 1994 and moving into Elma. In addition to farming Robert served as an Afton Twp trustee for several years and drove school bus for 28 for the Howard Winneshiek School District. He was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church holding several church officer positions. Robert enjoyed driving for the menonite families in the area and reading. Robert is survived by his wife Irma of Elma; two daughters Ruth and her husband Rev. Timothy Brisbois of Beatrice, NE and Janet Jensen of Tinley Park, IL; two granddaughters Elizabeth Brisbois of Ann Arbor, MI and Rebekah Brisbois of Lincoln, NE. He is preceded in death by his parents. Cemetery: Burial will be in Howard Cemetery at Elma. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church, School House Museum, Howard County Hospice or charity of donor’s choice. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, August 2, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elma with Pastor Ryan McDermott officiating.
Dear Ruth, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He is now enjoying his reward in Heaven with our Lord. Please convey my sympathy to your family. I will keep you all in thought and prayer. Blessings, Sandi.
Dear Ruth, Just learned of you fathers death. He will be missed by your family. Chuck and I will keep all of you in our prayers during these trying times. God is with you.
Irma and family,
My condolences to you and your whole family. I remember fondly having Bob be our families bus driver for years and he was always the most friendly person and easy to talk to. There are not too many people in this world that can be interesting enough to kids that the kids all try to get the front seats. I also remember fondly helping to bale hay for you over the summers and the great food and conversations at the end of the day.
God bless! -Randy
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God’s peace
So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you.
Our deepest sympathies to Irma and the family. Our loss is heaven’s gain. I have great affection for Bob and Irma. They are both such great christian role models.
Bob always displayed kindness and generosity. I remember when I took some youth to a Lutheran camp in Davenport and I did not have a way to take them all. Bob graciously volunteered his time and resources to drive some of the kids to camp and pick them up. He wanted nothing in return.
Irma & Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time of loss. We’ve been neighbors for 19 yrs. I still remember the once empty lot with the dilapdated barn, then your 2 pc home was moved in You both made it a beautiful home. Bob repaired the ole barn and made it a wonderful shed.All the bountiful gardens, beautiful flowers and backyard chats.We loved to see Bob on the scooter, driving around the neighborhood. You are fabulous nighbors. God Bless You All. May God grant you the peace, assurance and comfort to sustain you. We will pray for you all. Don & Deb Morrison, Courteney, Zaccariah & Dillon
Irma, Ruth & Janet:
You have our deepest sympathy. May you find peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
May you find comfort in the knowledge that your loved one has returned home to the Lord. Sending my deepest condolences. I too have fond memories of Bob growing up, going to elementary school and Bob as our bus driver being the first one to greet us in the morning and to see us home safely each afternoon. Still to this day, as the last day of the school year arrives, I recall how Bob would treat all of us with a (glass) bottle of soda pop and tell us to have a great summer. That was one of the many reasons we looked forward to the last day of school! Thank you Mr. Jensen, you will remain in my memories as a kind and giving man. God Bless!
Irma and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I had heard Bob was sick but didn’t realize he had passed on. It was nice when we were so close as neighbors. Prayers are sent.