Dennis Eugene Jensen, 79, of Dell Rapids died Thursday, June 18, 2015 at his farm due to injuries received in a farm accident.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 23, 2015 At Celebration United Methodist Church, Brandon. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-7:00 PM Monday at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids. Burial will be in the Hills of Rest Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux Falls. Condolences may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com.
Dennis was born in Viborg on July 21, 1935 to Ervin and Laura (Berthelsen) Jensen at the home of his maternal grandparents, George and Alice Berthelsen. He attended school in rural Turner County and graduated from Freeman High School in 1953. Dennis married Delaine Andersen at Dell Rapids, March 24, 1965. They farmed west of Dell Rapids for 43 years until her passing on September 3, 1999.
Dennis had two main interests airplanes and music. He learned to fly at Larchwood, Iowa in 1969 and held a Commercial Instrument rating, logging 9000 hours aerial spraying in 26 years. He and Delaine belonged to the International Flying Farmers for 30 years and Dennis held all the State offices and two terms as Region Five Director. Dennis is also a 40 year member of the EAA and attended the convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin 27 times.
As a young man he played in local dance bands for 25 years, he played the accordion from 1952 to 1977 including 13 years with the Jack Milton Band of Sioux Falls. Dennis was proud of his Danish heritage and his ability to speak the language. He was a long time member of the Madison Senior Center.
He married Barbara Powers May 24, 2012 at Brandon. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Delaine and a baby grandson.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son, Deleigh Jensen and his wife Kim, Dell Rapids; a daughter, Delight Elsinger, Sioux Falls, grandchildren, Kody, Morgan, Luke, and Dylan Jensen and Mindy Elsinger; a sister, Cheryl (Gary) Walz, Freeman.