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 www.thepetersonchapel.com