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Lonny E. Jensen, 67

Lonny Eugene Jensen, age 67, of Dassel, died Thursday, March 10, 2016, at the Hutchinson Hospital.

He was born April 15, 1948, at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, the son of David A. and Nona (Mills) Jensen.

Lonny was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

He grew up in Buffalo, and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1966. He then attended St. Cloud State College for one year.

Lonny then enlisted and served in the United States Army and was a military policeman from 1967 until 1970, stationed in upstate New York. Upon his discharge, he attended Mankato State University, where he received a degree in art education.

Lonny was united in marriage to Mary Olson Feb. 21, 1976, at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel. The couple made their home in Dassel, where they raised their son, Alexander.

Lonny was employed at Bowman Sheet Metal in Buffalo, and later for 26 years at BERK Manufacturing in Litchfield.

He was a member of the Dassel Volunteer Fire Department from 1976 to 1998.

A quiet, honest, and kind man, Lonny always thought about others. He loved his family and shared his joy of the outdoors with his son, teaching him how to hunt, fish, and just enjoy nature.

Lonny was a talented artist, and had painted a fence mural for the Dassel Area Historical Society, as well a participating in several art shows. He could do many things from building a boat for duck hunting to playing the drums. His family will miss him deeply.

Lonny is survived by his wife, Mary Jensen of Dassel; his son, Alexander David Jensen of Manannah; a brother, David (Molly) Jensen of Sonoma, CA; nephew Ryan Jensen, and brother-in-law Roland Mills of Buffalo; brother-in-law, David Laurel of Raleigh, NC; and nephews, Patrick, Mike, and John, and their spouses and children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linnea Mills; an infant brother; and a sister-in-law, Karen (Olson) Laurel.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. There was a one-hour time to gather with the family prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.

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