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.