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Richard Eugene Jensen

d. September 13, 2022

March 26, 1935 ~ September 13, 2022


Thursday, September 15, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc.

Harlan, IA

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

1:00 PM

Harlan Cemetery

Harlan, IA

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Wife – Arlene Jensen of Harlan, IA

1 Brother – Roger (Susan) Jensen of Loveland, CO

1 Brother-in-law – Dick Hansen of Harlan, IA

3 Nephews – Allen Jensen

Aaron Jensen

Andrew Jensen

Other Relatives & Friends

Richard Eugene Jensen, son of Willard and Edna Louise (Rehder) Jensen, was born west of Harlan, Iowa, on March 26, 1935. He attended Lincoln #8 country school, and graduated from Harlan High School with the Class of 1952. On September 4, 1956, Richard married Arlene Delores Hansen at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. The couple made their home in Harlan, and Richard began working for Dr. Judd Thomson, DVM, in Harlan. In 1973, Richard and Arlene moved to a farm southeast of Harlan where he began farming. In addition to farming, he did painting and carpentry work, and sold and installed Pella windows. Richard officially retired in 2005.

Richard was a former member of the IOOF in Harlan. He enjoyed traveling in the Midwest. Richard played the organ by ear, and often attended area music events and programs. Blessed with a good sense of humor, he was known to be an especially patient man who rarely complained.

Richard E. Jensen died on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa. He had reached the age of 87 years, 5 months, and 18 days.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 66 years, Arlene Jensen of Harlan, Iowa; one brother, Roger (Susan) Jensen of Loveland, Colorado; one brother-in-law, Dick Hansen of Harlan, Iowa; three nephews, Allen Jensen, Aaron Jensen, and Andrew Jensen; and other relatives and friends.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Roger Kruger officiating. Serving as casket bearers were Ron Kroll, Cal Nielsen, Ken Olson, Todd Larsen, Dalton Jensen, and Dave Petersen. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc. in Harlan, Iowa, assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be left online at
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