Duane G. Jensen

Feb. 16, 1932 - Dec. 28, 2007

Mr. Duane George Jensen, 75, of Saxeville, formerly of Waukesha, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Dec. 28, 2007, at the Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. His wife of 53 years, Rosemarie, was at his side.

He was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Waukesha, the son of Theodore and Martha Wandschneider Jensen. When he was a year old, he and his family moved to the family farm on Portage Road in the townships of Springwater and Saxeville, where he lived until moving to Waukesha in 1951. He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict from January 1952 until October 1953. He married Rosemarie Ann Leppin on June 26, 1954, at the First Lutheran Church in Poy Sippi. Rosemarie survives.

When he returned from his time in service, Duane was employed as a supervisor at Alloy Products Corp. of Waukesha, a manufacturer of stainless steel fittings, for 43 years until his retirement in 1994. He lived in Waukesha until moving to his home in Saxeville two weeks ago.

He was a member of V.F.W. Post No. 721 of Waukesha, St. Lukeís Lutheran Church in Waukesha, and was becoming a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Saxeville.

Duane was an outdoorsman, and an avid deer and turkey hunter. He loved to talk about sports. He enjoyed watching football and baseball games.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemarie; a daughter, Debra Jensen of West Allis; three sons, Steven (Dawn) Jensen of Waukesha, Todd (Sandy) Jensen of Pewaukee and Brian (Erin) Jensen of Waterford; four grandchildren, Matthew and Andrew Jensen, and Tyler and Megan Jensen; two sisters, Marilyn (Arne) Rodencal of Berlin and Shirley (Charles) Kopshinsky of Waukesha. Duane is also survived by his mother-in-law, Myrtle Leppin of Berlin; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don (Betty) Leppin of Berlin, Art Leppin of Pine River, Harve (Arlene) Leppin of Fairwater, Shirley Geoffroy of Pine River, Nancy (Terry) Thomas of Fond du Lac, Linda (Warren) Jahns of Fond du Lac, Kathy (Mike) Chamberlin of Redgranite, and Naomi Leppin (Wayne Vanderhuff) of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Joseph; his father-in-law, Erich Leppin; a brother-in-law, Ervin Leppin; and a sister-in-law, Ginger Leppin.

Funeral services for Mr. Duane G. Jensen will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Saxeville. The Rev. Bob Hanson will officiate. Following these services, Duane will be laid to rest with full military honors provided by V.F.W. Post No. 721 in Saxeville Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruminski Funeral Home in Redgranite and at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday morning, one hour prior to the services.

Duane will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted family. A memorial has been established in his memory.

Duaneís family extends special thanks to his doctors at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital.

Ruminski Funeral Home, P.O. Box 16, Redgranite, WI 54970-0016, is serving the family. The funeral home on Highway 21 in Redgranite can be reached at (920) 566-2313.