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Lawrence William ‘Knute’ Jensen – Aurora: March 31, 1923 – June 17, 2013

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 18th, 2013






Lawrence William “Knute” Jensen, 90, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at his home.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.

Knute was born in Brookings on March 31, 1923 to Alfred and Minnie (Hegerfeld) Jensen. He was baptized and confirmed in Peace Evangelic Church in Elkton and attended school in District No. 33 in Alton Township.

In 1943, Knute enlisted in the Navy. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Chara and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was proud to be a World War II veteran and a member of the American Legion for more than 65 years.

Knute’s father died in 1945, so upon returning from the Navy he moved back home to help on the family farm.

In 1951, at Ivanhoe, Minn., he married Bettie Jean Doescher. Together they purchased the family farm and began his life-long career of farming. Knute thoroughly enjoyed farm life, especially raising Hereford cattle.

Upon retiring, Knute and Bettie moved to an acreage in Alton Township.

He had a passion for fishing and went every chance he could. He also had a love for music and entertained many people throughout the years with his harmonica playing. Reading, playing cards and video lottery were also enjoyable activities for him.

Knute is survived by his wife Bettie of Aurora; his children, Deborah Marek of Denver, Mark (Pat) Jensen of Aurora, Kim (Bryan) Minor-Zacher of Brookings and Tim (Vicki) Jensen of Aurora; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Brookings Hospice Care.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.










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