July 16, 1936 ‒ December 22, 2014
Jack R. Jensen, 78, of Centerburg, Ohio, died peacefully after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s, Monday, December 22, 2014 in the care of hospice and surrounded by his immediate family at Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. He was born July 16, 1936 in Elmhurst, Illinois to Russell and Louise (Riechelt) Jensen.
Jack was fond of saying that he walked from home to grade school, high school and college. He graduated from York Community High School in 1954 and Elmhurst Collage, Elmhurst, Illinois in 1958. He attended Northwestern University receiving a Masters in political science before enlisting in the United States Air Force. While stationed at Griffis Air Force Base, Rome, New York, he met D. Ann Minor and was married November 11, 1961. While serving Strategic Air Command during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Jack was assigned to a U.S. missile installation in England, handling one of two keys required to launch a nuclear missile. Leaving the Air Force a First Lieutenant, he began a 20+ year career with J.C. Penney in Canton and Columbus, Ohio, Manhattan, New York, and in New England as a Regional Manager. After moving his family to Centerburg, Ohio in 1979, he worked as Operations Manager at the Northland Mall J.C. Penney, where he retired in 1992. Quickly growing restless, he opened Mail Boxes Etc., in 1993 in Bexley, Ohio, later becoming The UPS Store, until retiring in 2013.
For much of their marriage, Jack and Ann bred, raised and showed Airedale Terriers, and Lakeland Terriers. He found immense satisfaction as Ann’s motor home operator and primary roadie. Fond of the Lakeland’s and not to be outdone by Ann having all the fun, Jack periodically stepped into the show ring himself. They produced multiple American Kennel Club Champions. Jack was involved with the Columbus All-Breed Training Club for years serving in a variety of roles.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Ann. He is survived by his two children, Timothy (Jennifer) Jensen of Centerburg, Ohio, and Kimberly Jensen of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and three grandchildren, Nicholas Jensen-Clagg of Reynoldsburg, Ian and Alex Jensen, both of Centerburg. He was also preceded in death by his parents and brothers Russell Jensen Jr. and Robert Jensen.
A celebration of the lives of both Jack and Ann will be conducted at a future date. Their ashes will be scattered through the travels of family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions on Jack’s behalf may be given to the Kobacker House c/o OhioHealth Foundation, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43214.
DeVore Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.