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Merwin Leon Jensen

Merwin Leon Jensen

Died: Friday, May 09, 2014
Age: 75
Merwin Leon Jensen, 75, passed away at his home in Wamego, on May 9, 2014.

He was born in Denver, Colo., on May 9, 1939, to Harley R. and Carla E. Jensen. Merwin and his parents returned to rural Ruskin, Nuckolls County, Neb., in 1941, the area where his parents had been raised. He was baptized and confirmed as a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Ruskin. He attended Ruskin and Wymer elementary schools in Nuckolls County and graduated from Hardy High School in 1957. He attended Fairbury Junior College, Fairbury, Neb.

He married Sharon K. Torring in 1961, at Bethany Lutheran Church. The couple lived in El Paso, TX, while Merwin was in the military in 1961-62. The family later lived in Nuckolls County, where he was employed with J. Lynch & Co. In 1971, the family moved to Goodland, Kan., where Merwin managed the grain elevator in nearby Edson for 14 years. Merwin was later employed at Bank West both as a loan officer and as president of the branch in St. Francis, Kan. After leaving the bank, Merwin worked as finance officer for Golden West Community Services in Goodland.

Merwin considered his faith in God as the most important thing in his life. He was an active member of his church as a Stephen Minister, President of the congregation and various other aspects. He served with various community organizations, including Pioneer Country Development, the Goodland Lions Club and as a 12 year member of the Goodland school board. He was instrumental in starting the Sherman County home-owned carnival. Merwin was always an active member of his church.

Following retirement, the couple moved to Manhattan, and then to their current home in Wamego, where Merwin was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and served as an elder. Most recently, until he was no longer able, he enjoyed meeting with farmers, doing statistical work for the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Merwin loved being outdoors, working in his yard and garden or enjoying bird-watching while sitting on the deck of their home. He was an avid K-State fan, attending both football and basketball games with his family. He also had great enthusiasm for working on carpentry projects in his woodshop, as well as repairing nearly anything, whether for his own home or those of his children. If it was broken, it was rare that Merwin could not fix it. He had a deep love for his family and took much pride in the achievements of his four children and nine grandchildren and found great joy attending their various activities.

Merwin was preceded in death by his grandparents and parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon, his children: Scott D. Jensen (Ann), Wichita, Elliot L. Jensen (Sallie), Andover, Kan., Trevor N. Jensen (Edie), St. George, and Erika N. (Jensen) Schoenbeck (Matt) of Wamego, grandchildren, Eric, Sarah, Whitney, Peyton, Logan and Allie Jensen, and Emma, Bennett and Skylar Schoenbeck, step granddaughters, Brandy Grieve (Jimme) and Brook Conrady (Andrew) and step great grandchildren Zane Grieve and Stella Conrady.

Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 16, at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Wamego, with Reverend Jim Mayes officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date at the Spring Creek Cemetery in Ruskin, Nebraska.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church or Homecare and Hospice, Inc. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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