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Terry Lee Jensen, age 75 of St. Michael, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at home with his family on April 5, 2021.

He was born on September 23, 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Delbert and Ardis (Koskela) Jensen and grew up in Robbinsdale. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School with the class of 1963.

He was enlisted to serve in the United States Army on January 19, 1965, and proudly served his country; he was honorably discharged on June 12, 1965. Following his military service, he enrolled to further his education at the University of Minnesota, where he earned an associate’s degree.

Terry was a machinist, and owned his own small business selling precision machined parts. He had a very strong work ethic and was known to be organized and disciplined when it came to his profession. He was very goal-orientated, and ran his successful business until his retirement. In his free time from work, Terry enjoyed being outdoors either hunting, fishing, or camping. He built a cabin on Lake Carlos around 1980. Many memories were made with family and friends. He really enjoyed duck hunting and bowhunting with his son Shawn, in and around the Alexandria area. Camping at Bear Lake with his family was also another favorite that he enjoyed in the fall with his parents, siblings, and others.

Terry was a loyal and honorable friend. He had a special group of friends who would get together whenever they could, and just “catch up on life”. A lot of his friendships were from high school, which was something that meant a lot to him over the years.

He was an avid card player, and would get together with his siblings to play all kinds of games. Everyone would have to watch out for his sharp wit, dry sense of humor, and competitiveness when playing. He really loved playing cribbage with his daughter Lisa. Christmas time was special to Terry because he would go all out to make the holiday memorable for his kids and his grandchildren.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Ardis; sister, Judy; and brother, Tom.

He is survived by his children, Shawn and Lisa; grandchildren, Mason, Logan, and Natalie; siblings, Barb, Alex, Arlana, and Tim; and many other relatives and close friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael-Albertville. Funeral service will be Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1PM with visitation one hour prior at Holy Cross Lutheran Church:  5460 63rd St NW, Maple Lake, MN. Interment with military honors to follow at Riverside Cemetery – French Lake.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Alexandra (Sue) Jensen

    May he Rest In Peace. No more suffering. He will be missed. Visiting now with Mom and Dad, Judy and Tom. And, some of his many friends that passed before him.
    Love you, Sister Sue.

  2. Teta Field

    My prayers are with you all.

  3. Rick Ranwick

    Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

    Rest In Peace my friend.

  4. Logan Jensen

    Rest easy grandpa can’t wait to see you again someday.

  5. Joni Wunderlich

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rod and I were thinking back on all the fun times at the Lake and his visits to the farm during hunting. Take care.

  6. Jay Olson

    Terry was one of a kind! Many great memories!!! Prayers and love to all friends and family! I will never forget those days in the duck slough with Terry and Shawn. Oh the stories…. R.I.P big Taw!!

  7. Dianne Sandberg

    Terry will live in the memories of all that knew him. A life remembered always. May you rest in peace.

  8. David and Louise Van Auken

    We’re a small part of Terry’s Robbinsdale H.S. gang, and he’s been a loyal alumni who loved many of his former classmates. We loved him, too, and he’ll be missed so very much.

  9. David and Louise Van Auken

    We’re a small part of Terry’s Robbinsdale H.S. gang. Terry was a loyal alumni, and loved many of his former classmates all these years. And we loved him. He’ll be so very missed, we were blessed to have been his friends.

  10. Curt Olsen

    To the family of my first boss:
    Terry hired me right out of school as machinist in 1984 and paid me a whopping $6.00/hr. While Terry could be a bit loud at times, the untold story was this. My father had recently passed away, and here I was a 20 year old out state kid in the big city. Terry took me under his wing and coached me through moving to the city. He let me burrow the shop offices vacuum, to clean my apartment (what 20yr old does that) until I could purchase my own, he helped me get out of a (not so great) potential new car purchase, he allowed me to work overtime to make some extra money, so I could buy a vacuum no doubt. The first couple weeks I worked for Terry he “borrowed” me $100 to help out with groceries and would check up to see if I needed more.
    I believe Terry saw my honesty and work ethic and without a doubt he started me on the right path. I will always have a found and respectful memory of my One-and-Only First Machine Shop Boss.
    See ya Monday Boss!

  11. Holly Charles

    As long as the roots are deep, there is no need to fear the wind.

    Shawn and Lisa, our thoughts are with you. Terry will be remembered as a real, no nonsense, salt of the earth kinda guy. He gave you deep roots. With from Chicago.

  12. Marilyn (Slepica) Letourneau

    With a broken heart I must say goodbye to my friend of 63 years. He has always been a friend through good and bad times. I am honored to have had lunch with Terry 2 weeks before his passing. Rest in peace Terry. You will be able to hear everthing now!

  13. Marilyn (Slepica) Letourneau

    With a broken heart I must say goodbye to my friend of 63 years. He has always been a friend through good and bad times. I am honored to have had lunch with Terry 2 weeks before his passing. Rest in peace Terry. You will be able to hear everything now!

  14. Bob Reimer

    Terry – I miss you already!

    I always felt you were a solid friend from way back in HS to today. We shared lots of car interests, stories and Army stuff.

    I remember when we visited often in the early 70’s at your home. In 2007 when all of us got together at your place and you were proud to let me drive your red baby – it felt like those early days. I love the time we had visiting on the phone and in the summer these last 15 years.

    When you beat cancer it was just like you!

    You were Loved and we will pick up where we left off!


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