Gregory “Jell” Jenson, 62, of Bode, passed away April 4, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode with Pastor Jim Borlaug officiating. Burial will be in St. Olaf Cemetery, Bode with full military rites by the Bode American Legion Post 524, Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post 5240, and Adams American Legion Post 119. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt and from 9:30-10:30 Saturday at the church.
Gregory John Jenson, the son of Glenn Joseph and E. Lorraine (Clapsaddle) Jenson, was born May 3, 1953 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge. He was raised and educated at Bode, graduating from Twin Rivers High School with the class of 1971.
Following his education, Greg began his career as a tractor-trailer operator for P&M Stone. He was united in marriage to Joyce Wehrspann and to this union, one daughter, Heidi Ann was born. The marriage was later dissolved.
Greg enlisted into the United States Army, receiving his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood. He was then stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado before being stationed with the Fourth United States Army Missile Command in Chun Chon, South Korea near the 38th Parallel. Following his honorable discharge, Greg returned home to Bode briefly before moving to Denver, Colorado where he continued his work as a truck driver. In September of 1999, he became the operations manager for Boise Cascade Company. He retired in February of 2013 and returned to Bode In April of that year.
Greg was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post 524. Greg participated in many Honor Flights as a chaperone and had a great interest in World War II Aircraft attending many military airshows. He enjoyed skydiving, logging over 400 jumps and found peace riding his motorcycle. He especially enjoyed hosting visiting business colleagues and taking them to sporting events around Denver.
Greg is survived by his daughter, Heidi Ann (Wayne) Wilson of Denver, CO; his brothers, Larry (Nancy) Jenson of Bode, Lloyd (Harriett) Stith of Greenville, OH, and Richard (Val Jensen) Jenson of Monett, MO; his aunt, Leona Jenson of Waterloo; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces. Soon after Greg’s death, his long-time companion and best friend, Scooter, joined him. His parents preceded him in death.